Park Foundations and Friends Groups: City Manager and Mayors Panel Discussion

10/27/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Leadership and Management

 

Park and recreation leaders are facing ever-expanding budgetary challenges, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic recession. Local park foundations and friends groups can play a crucial role in filling these budget gaps while, at the same time, raising awareness of the essential value of local parks and recreation in the areas of health and wellness, equity and conservation. Moderated by Joe Wynns, Board Chair of the National Association of Park Foundations, a panel of mayors and city managers will share their experiences and offer best practices that led to strong working relationships with foundations that maximize alternative sources of parks and recreation funding.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Learn about real-world experiences and challenges that mayors and a city manager have when responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession.

Hear how local park foundations and friends groups can assist in filling budget gaps.

Explore ways to raise awareness of the essential value of local parks and recreation in the areas of health and wellness, equity and conservation. 

 

Speakers:

Joe Wynns

Chair-Elect of the Board, National Association of Park Foundations

 

Julie Moore Wolfe

Mayor of Decatur, Illinois

 

Joe Hogsett

Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana

 

David Dollahon

City of Las Cruses, New Mexico, Assistant City Manager

 

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