Enhance Your Career Forever: Volunteer

July 23, 2013

The NRPA Young Professional Network continues with their professional development series of blog and vlog (video blog) posts. Jay Tryon, CPRP, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, writes this blog post sharing how volunteering at NRPA’s Congress and Exposition had a positive impact on his career and how it can do the same for you too.  

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Influence Public Policy with PRORAGIS

July 23, 2013

Recently, advocacy issues important to public parks and recreation have been in action on Capitol Hill – in the House, the reintroduction of the Community Parks Revitalization Act;  introduction of legislation to designate a minimum of 40 percent of total annual Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) appropriations for the State Assistance Program; proposed tax reform which threatens Municipal Bond tax exemption. With the right information we all can do our parts to shape how these issues play out for our field and communities – both on the national and local level.  Mark A. Young, one of NRPA’s PRORAGIS Ambassadors, shares how having the right information, especially powerful data, can give strength to our public park and recreation advocacy messages. 

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Michelle Obama Thanks Parks and Recreation at Let's Move! Event

July 18, 2013

Danielle Taylor, Associate Editor for Parks & Recreation Magazine recently attended a Let’s Move event hosted by Michelle Obama. Read her takeaways from the event and how parks and recreation are and continue to be leaders of healthier communities and the fight against childhood obesity.

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Hey Parks and Rec, Let’s Get People Walking

July 15, 2013
On June 25th, the U.S. Surgeon General, representatives from CDC, America Walks, and other members of an expert panel met to formally support walking and walkability as a way for Americans to become more active. One of the sectors identified to make it easier for Americans to walk was Parks, Recreation, Fitness and Sports. Read more

NRPA Congress from the Eyes of a Newbie

July 12, 2013

After last year’s NRPA Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, first-time Congress attendee Gerry Logan shared his account of the event with the Young Professional’s Network. As we gear up for 2013, he wanted to share his experience with the new class of first timers who are coming to Houston and highlights three key aspects of Congress: Networking opportunities, the exhibit hall and the Opening General Session...  

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Healthcare Law Delay: What Does it Mean for Parks and Recreation?

July 11, 2013

You’ve likely heard about the deadline delay by the Obama Administration to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it relates to when employers must provide health insurance to full-time employees. We know you are concerned about how this might impact your agency. Well, the NRPA Public Policy Team has compiled the details you need to know to understand the delays and what it means for parks and recreation. 

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Think You Can't Make Significant Money on Black Friday? Think Again: A Speed Session Preview

July 8, 2013

We are back with your next Speed Session preview for the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition.  Who doesn’t love shopping on Black Friday?  Think that “holiday” is just for retail?  Think again. In this blog post, written by Jenise Jensen, Administrative Manager – Recreation, in the Town of Breckenridge, CO she shares a secret - Black Friday can be for park and recreation agencies and can bring your agency big bucks without breaking your budget! Get the scoop in this blog and for the full story, make sure you attend Congress and her Speed Session on Oct. 9. 

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