NRPA’S Online Community Forums Address Relations with City Hall
What is your #1 tip for improving communication between your agency and your local elected government? Whether it is the mayor, city council, county executive, county council, or governor’s office, what is the most effective method you’ve learned to keep your elected officials informed and onboard?
Good question. In the past I have spent time, long before budgets are due or being prepared, with elected officials to “educate” them on the importance of the parks, trails, and greenways that we have and how important they are to the community. I’ve spent time “creating” photo-op opportunities for them to get their “face” in the public. They’ve enjoyed the PR, and come election time, they’ll remember who helped them. If you ignore them or don’t spend quality time with them, be prepared for cuts to your budget. Take that first step and improve the relationship with the....
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