Greg A Weitzel
Greg A. Weitzel’s career as a park and recreation administrator has spanned more than 20 years—and in that time he has been awarded more than $15 million in federal, state, county, local, corporate, and foundation grants. The projects funded with those millions have ranged from master plans for multi-generational destination parks, to sustainable park and building design, to greenway and rail trail construction. When Weitzel, who currently heads Allentown, Pennsylvania’s, parks and recreation department, echoes the well-known saying that “all politics is local,” he speaks from hard-won advocacy experience.
Weitzel’s work as an NRPA volunteer influencing federal policy has led him to a critical insight: Park professionals are uniquely positioned to know what state and federal lawmakers’ constituents want. Those who find public policy and advocacy work intimidating, he insists, ....
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