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MEDIA ADVISORY Funkhouser & Associates and the National Academy of Public Administration To Host May 17th Panel Discussion on Local Government Planning & Engagement

Post Date: May 11, 2023

KANSAS CITY, MO/WASHINGTON, DC – Funkhouser & Associates (F&A) and the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) will host a May 17th virtual panel discussion on their new joint initiative to support strategic planning and community engagement in local government.

This free interactive session will focus on how local governments can plan for the future in a more agile way through developing plans that are dynamic, inclusive, action-oriented and fiscally sustainable. Leaders from Baltimore County, MD, and South Bend, IN, will talk about their communities’ experiences, recent assistance from F&A and the Academy, and lessons learned on the importance of strategic planning and public engagement.

WHAT: Panel discussion of Strategic Planning and Community Engagement in Local Government

WHERE: Virtual webinar

WHEN: Wednesday, May 17

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET


  • Stacy Rodgers — Chief Administrative Officer, Baltimore County, MD
  • Sharon McBride — Council President, South Bend, IN
  • Terry Gerton — President & CEO, National Academy of Public Administration
  • Mark Funkhouser — President, Funkhouser & Associates
  • Joe Mitchell — Director of Strategic Initiatives & International Programs, National Academy of Public Administration

REGISTER: Free registration here

About Funkhouser & Associates

Funkhouser & Associates is a consulting firm working to advance better local government through capacity-support, innovation and cross-sector collaboration. F&A supports local leaders and their allies to help them make decisions based on evidence, meaningful community engagement and smart fiscal policy and to translate those choices into strategic plans. The firm’s work reflects decades of experience in municipal finance and government performance improvement as well as rigorous policy analysis and community engagement efforts to inform their recommendations. Learn more at

About the National Academy of Public Administration

Chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice, the Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Learn more at