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Mar 9, 2020

This episode of the Amazing Cities and Towns Podcast with host Jim Hunt he talks with Kathie Novak, a leadership specialist for elected officials.


  • Building the relationship between elected officials and their key staff members
  • Start a strong relationship with newly elected officials
  • The key to Roles, Goals and Expectations
  • Keys to new council orientation and training for an Amazing City
  • Why local government elected officials have major impact on cities across the US
  • Parisian politics and local government effectiveness


Special Mentions:


  • Northglenn, Colorado
  • National League of Cities (NLC)


7 Steps to an Amazing City:


  1. Attitude
  2. Motivation
  3. Attention to Detail
  4. Zing
  5. Inclusiveness
  6. Neighborhood Empowerment
  7. Green Awareness


Thanks for listening and look forward to having you join us for the next episode.


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About Kathie Novak:

Kathie Novak is an Assistant Teaching Professor for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She also serves as the Institute Director for the Colorado Municipal Clerks Institute.

Kathie has almost 19 years of elected public service, 11 as a member of the Northglenn City Council, and an additional 8 years as Mayor. She was term-limited in 2010. During her time in public office, she served as President of the National League of Cities in 2009, and held numerous other leadership positions.

Kathie earned her Master of Science in Management from the University of Colorado at Denver, and has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has been teaching management at the graduate and undergraduate level since 1991.

Her awards include the 2012 John V. Christensen Award for exemplifying the tradition of John V. Christensen in promoting and working for good, strong, representative local government and regionalism in solving mutual problems; “9NEWS Leader of the Year” for 2003; “Businesswoman of the Year” awarded by the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce; “Excellence in Teaching Award” from Regis University; and was awarded an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, for travel in Summer 2002.


About Your Host, Jim Hunt:

Welcome to the “Building Amazing Cities and Towns Podcast” … The podcast for Mayors, Council Members, Managers, Staff and anyone who is interested in building an Amazing City.


Your host is Jim Hunt, the author of “Bottom Line Green, How American Cities are Saving the Planet and Money Too” and his latest book, “The Amazing City - 7 Steps to Creating an Amazing City”


Jim is also the former President of the National League of Cities, 27 year Mayor, Council Member and 2006 Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County Magazine.


Today, Jim speaks to 1000’s of local government officials each year in the US and abroad.


Jim also consults with businesses that are bringing technology and innovation to local government.


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