Progress Report: ELGL/UTA Local Government Challenge

Posted on October 27, 2015

In September, ELGL issued the the Local Government Challenge to Dr. Colleen Casey’s class of Ph.D candidates in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. The time has come to check in on their progress.

The Challenge: Each of the five teams will develop community engagement solutions for one of the following areas: budget, infrastructure investment, planning and zoning, and/or emergency preparedness. (Full details of the challenge can be found here.) We have teamed up local government practitioners with each group. The advisors will provide feedback, suggest resources, and answer questions.

Team 1: Annual Budgeting Process


Stacy Schweikhart, Community Information Manager, City of Kettering, OH

Kevin Amirehsani, Policy & Program Manager, Engagedpublic

Team 2: Infrastructure Investment


Julie Underwood, Assistant City Manager, Daly City, CA

Ben Kittelson, Budget & Management Analyst, Guilford County, NC

Teams 3: Emergency Preparedness


Kirsten Wyatt, Assistant City Manager, West Linn, OR

Team 4- Emergency Preparedness


Ryan Adams, Assistant to the City Manager, Irving, Texas

Brittany Bennett, Development, Policy, and Impact Associate, Self-Help in Durham, NC

Team 5- Emergency Preparedness


Brian Southey, Management Analyst, Elk Grove Village, IL

Harrison Wicks, Management Analyst, North Central Texas Council of Governments

At the same time, ELGL has developed a #LocalGovSolutions column for practitioners throughout the world to share their experiences with successful community engagement.

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