Presented by the Alliance for Innovation and Balancing Act
Public officials generally agree that the most important policy document in local government is the budget. Ironically it gets little to no attention from the public. The reasons? Budgets are complex and inaccessible and—to be honest—it takes a brave public official to invite the public to a discussion about money.
This session will highlight efforts of two very different cities - Fort Collins, CO and Virginia Beach, VA —that have undertaken budget engagement initiatives. With two distinct approaches from our presenters - Catheryn Whitesell, Budget Director with Virginia Beach, and Annie Bierbower, Civic Engagement Liaison in Fort Collins – webinar attendees will get insights into:
1. the value of communications
2. using citizen input to build budgets
3. making a complex (and potentially dry) topic engaging to a wide audience.
Joining us for the session will also be Chris Adams, who has worked in public policy and facilitation for over 15 years, the last 13 with his consulting firm, Engaged Public. Chris will demonstrate how a public budget simulator allows residents to understand and provide input on budgets. Webinar attendees will actually be involved in the demonstration and decision making of a “virtual budget”.
Participants will get to try instant feedback budget simulation tools and consider the possibilities of new tech and simulation-based learning to improve their budget outreach.
- August 23 - November 15, 2019
- 01:00 pm 02:00 pm
- Member Price:Not available
- Non-Member:Not available