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Community Engagement: The Critical Component of Rethinking Budgeting

Community Engagement: The Critical Component of Rethinking Budgeting


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Traditional budget processes have fallen behind current demands, needs, and expectations. So, The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the National League of Cities (NLC) have started a movement to modernize local government budgeting.

But for success in rethinking budgeting, nothing is more important than resident input.

Thought leaders in the field point to engagement as the answer for better connecting budgets and plans. They challenge leaders to bring resident perspectives into the process, create buy-in, and better serve community priorities and values.

In this webinar, see what it takes to productively engage residents around the city budget. You’ll also discover a premier assessment tool designed by industry leaders to help you transition into inclusive, 21st-century budgeting practices. Polco data scientists will also report insights from the Local Government Budget Survey, conducted in collaboration with GFOA. Join the discussion for practical information that can help cities nationwide modernize budgeting.

In this webinar:

  • Bringing community input into successful government financing
  • Modernizing outdated budget processes
  • Nationwide survey results reported by Polco data scientists
  • Assessment tool to help your organization rethink budgeting


  • Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, the Kettering Foundation
  • Shayne Kavanagh, Sr. Manager of Research, GFOA
  • Michelle Kobayashi, Principal Research Strategist, Polco
  • Chris Adams, President of Balancing Act from Polco 
  • Angelica Wedell, Director of Communications, Polco

This webinar is complimentary thanks to the sponsorship of ICMA Strategic Partner Polco who will have access to registration information.

PRACTICE AREAS: [2] Community Engagement and [12] Financial Management and Budgeting

TOPICS: Community Engagement and Budgeting & Finance

JOB TITLES: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (ACAO), Department Head, and Mid-Management and Entry-Level Staff

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