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Governing in a Time of Rapid Change

Funkhouser & Associates

Event Description

How to Build Capacity for Good Governance & Sustainable Growth

We are convening a special leadership roundtable for local government executives in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The event will bring together top officials from the region’s cities and counties to discuss how jurisdictions can effectively build capacity to meet the demands of rapid growth, manage fiscally sustainable budgets and prioritize good governance and community development in a time of volatility and change. Our program is designed to provide attendees with new ideas, information, and allies to support policy approaches and implementation strategies and empower local government staff with the tools to “work smarter, not harder.” 

This is a closed-door, invitation-only event open to senior government officials from the region. Please review our draft agenda below. Invitees must RSVP to participate. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact us. 

This event is hosted in partnership with Euna Solutions.


12:00 PM
Networking Lunch

12:30 PM
Welcome & Introductions
Opening remarks by Mark Funkhouser, President, Funkhouser & Associates

12:45 PM
A time of Growth and Change: The Texas Policy Landscape
An overview of top policy concerns, legislative updates and what high-performing governments are doing about legislative changes.
DISCUSSION LEAD: Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director, Texas Municipal League

Building Capacity for Growth and Change: Plans, People & Systems

1:15 PM
We’ll explore frameworks and steps for strategically planning and sustainably funding long-term growth while also supporting equitable access to opportunity.
DISCUSSION LEAD: Aimee Kaslik, Chief Strategy Officer, City of Denton

1:45 PM

2:00 PM
Putting people at the core: We’ll discuss approaches to change management and building organizational culture to cultivate antifragile governments.
DISCUSSION LEADS: Opal Mauldin-Jones, City Manager, Lancaster and Oscar Trevino, Mayor, City of North Richland Hills

2:30 PM
Technology is the easy part: How are public sector organizations effectively implementing digital tools and other solutions to empower staff to better serve the community?

3:00 PM
Case Examples
We will spotlight 2-3 rapid fire case examples of how local jurisdictions are addressing some of the challenges and priorities of the region (such as growing the tax base, regional collaboration and coordination on transportation and resource issues, and/or workforce development).

3:30 PM
Summary of discussion highlights and takeaways.
Martin Lind, VP, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Euna Solutions

3:45 PM

Event registration closed.

Date And Time

2023-10-17 @ 12:00 PM to
2023-10-17 @ 03:45 PM

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