Urban Directors and Advocacy
Federal advocacy is important for communities of all types and sizes. NRPA’s public policy team works to ensure that federal policies and resources work in the best interests of all our members, agencies, and the communities they serve. Advocacy is particularly important to cities and urbanized counties, where nearly 80 percent of Americans currently live and whose parks and recreation departments face distinctive challenges in allocating limited resources and navigating multiple levels of politics. NRPA formed the Urban Directors Network to serve as a resource for urban agency leaders to share ideas and solutions to common problems. The NRPA public policy office recently spoke with five of these directors to get a picture of what advocacy means to them—and how federal advocacy helps them overc....
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