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2019 Haverford Award Winner

TNCG Reaches Number 5

Cincinnati, Ohio (November 18, 2019) – The Novak Consulting Group announced that they are recipients of the ELGL Haverford Award for the third time. Emerging Local Government Leaders (#ELGL, @ELGL50) recognized 50 firms that provide products and services to local governments with a Haverford Award, which “celebrates the top companies that work with local government.” In 2016, TNCG made ELGL’s inaugural list, coming in at 22. In 2017, the firm reached #11, and this year received the #5 spot. One of the nominations had the following to say about TNCG:

“They make an effort to really get to know you and your organization, provide you with a sound proposal of scope, timeline and cost and encourage you to reach out to other clients for reference checks. They are in it to improve local government first and foremost. For them it’s clear it’s not just a job but a vocation and calling as public servants.” —ELGL article

The Novak Consulting Group was founded by Julia Novak (@TNCGJulia) in 2009 to strengthen organizations for the communities they serve and the people who work in them. They have worked with more than 300 jurisdictions nationwide and have three practice areas that support their mission. The Executive Search practice is led by Catherine Tuck Parrish (@TuckParrish), who has placed more than 150 top local government executives, with 37% of those placements being female and 21% minorities. The firm has several active recruitments you can view at

Facilitation and Strategic Planning is a core service of TNCG. Julia Novak is a thought leader in the areas of governance and council-staff relations. She has worked with Dr. John Nalbandian, University of Kansas Professor Emeritus, to put together an outstanding resource for those interested in governance best practices: Resource for Governing Body Effectiveness.

TNCG’s largest practice area is Organizational Assessment, which is led by Michelle Ferguson. This practice area works with local governments who want to improve processes and services, determine where to invest resources, and learn how to save money.

TNCG appreciates ELGL for creating the Haverford Award and its clients for recognizing the value of the firm’s work.

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