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#Winning: The Art of Getting Voters to Open their Wallets for Parks

Seattle, Washington
August 8-10, 2018

Park and recreation agencies from coast to coast struggle to find the resources to adequately operate and maintain their existing assets. Is dedicated funding the solution? (Yes.) Join us in Seattle to delve into the politics of voter-approved park and recreation funding mechanisms.  Using Seattle’s passage of a special park district in 2014 as a model, we will discuss how different communities have succeeded - and failed - in going to the voters for dedicated parks and recreation funding.  We will convene some of the brains behind the passage of the Seattle referendum, and through an interactive workshop, we will help attendees envision what a successful campaign could look like in different communities. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Through case studies, panel discussions, and interactive workshop gain knowledge of key tools and strategies to implement a successful ballot measure in your community.
  • Learn how to match your communities needs with funding sources, and how to craft a campaign to meet those needs.

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This Innovation Lab only has 30 spots available to ensure the opportunity for close dialogue, networking and information sharing. These events typically sell out, so reserve your spot soon.


Hotel Block Information:

NRPA has reserved a special room block for this event. To book your room, please click the button below, but do so before it closes on July 9, 2018.

Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Room Rate: $289 per night, plus tax
Hotel Reservation Line: 402.593.6314 - reference group code "NRPA"

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