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We know LOCAL government


Effectively marketing your company’s solutions and capabilities to local government leaders requires deep familiarity with the specific circumstances and pressing issues facing those jurisdictions. We want to position your solution in a way that local officials can’t ignore. 

The content developed by Funkhouser & Associates reflects an understanding of the challenges seen by local officials; we make it clear how embracing the right technology will help those officials better meet their challenges and reach their goals. Is that technology yours? There are several ways we can help.

Content Development

The Funkhouser & Associates team is equipped to help you develop compelling and relatable content relevant to emerging and systemic issues facing state and local government officials.

Whether it’s research-based white papers, client case studies, blog posts, or some combination thereof, we can help bolster your thought leadership offerings with the insightful perspective, fact-based positioning, and solution-oriented energy that public sector leaders are hoping to read. 

We know what people care about and which materials resonate. Let us help you win the hearts, minds, and budget of your target governments.

Virtual engagements

A strategic, comprehensive marketing plan requires content of all shapes and sizes; you have to capture the attention of your auditory and visual learners. 

Our team can help you develop quick and meaningful video case studies, produce panel webinars filled with compelling speakers, and can even join your company’s podcast to share the latest issues and trends impacting state and local government. 

We understand how fast paced and overwhelming keeping up with the digital world can be. Let us help you acquire and keep the attention of key prospects to share your story.

custom events and keynotes

Government officials love events. And we love them too. That’s why our skilled team is brimming with expertise in event management.

We offer guided roundtables with key decision makers to discuss important issues they face that relate directly back to your technology solution. These custom events are poised to drive impact, create relationships, and provide you with insight and sales opportunities. 

As a skilled keynote speaker, Mark Funkhouser is available to speak at your events. For existing clients and prospects alike, a credible industry expert will help drive collaboration, action, and results with your government partners. 

Consulting And Expertise

At Funkhouser & Associates we believe in the power of alliances formed between the public and private sectors. But we know how difficult it can be to gain traction in government contracts.

That’s why we want to help you articulate your solution in practical, relatable ways. We take a custom approach to research and positioning, plus we guide you through the complex world of government finance.

We’re committed to cutting through the noise and empowering you to strike up meaningful connections with decision makers in state and local government — growing your business and strengthening communities along the way.

Want a custom proposal?

Kirsten Wyatt
co-founder & former executive director, ENGAGING LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS
“Mark Funkhouser is dedicated to public service. Whether he’s presenting to a packed conference of local government leaders, or writing a column about public sector innovations, Mark is focused and thoughtful about the impact he’s making in the world. I’ve watched him equally give his time and energy to building up young people who are early in their public service careers, as he gives to seasoned managers and mayors. His lack of ego and his focus on excellence, are what make Mark a great leader and friend.”
Ben Hecht
“Mark Funkhouser has been a great and important partner for Living Cities. His understanding of how cities work, willingness to address tough issues head on and to use his own social and political capital for good, sets him apart from so many others in this space.”
Marianne Steger
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON, Director of Public Sector and Labor Strategy, retired health care director of OHIO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM
“I have been looking to Mark Funkhouser in my search for best practices and innovation in government for years. If you want to know who the movers and shakers are in a particular city or state, Mark is the person to talk to. Curious about how a state is handling its OPEB liability, Mark can point you the right direction. Mark is an intellectual giant in this field of understanding the complexities of government.”
Richard Coupland
REPUBLIC SERVICES, Vice President, Municipal Sales
“I have had the privilege of working with Mark and would highly recommend him for important projects. With a background straddling elected office and his respected years at Governing, he has the unique ability to bring together thought leaders from public office to discuss, consider and share ideas on critical topics.”
Richard Wilson
“Mark Funkhouser has long been one of the most knowledgeable and insightful figures in government and journalism”
Michael A. Nutter
Former Mayor of Philadelphia

“The devil is in the details when it comes to ARPA and IIJA funding and using it impactfully. F&A is working with local government and private sector partners to help them identify ways to access funds and target them to the biggest challenges and priorities in their communities.”

Paul Grimes
Paul Grimes
City Manager of McKinney, Texas

“The roundtable offered practitioners in local government a well-organized and efficient exchange of ideas and a chance to compare notes on topics like sustainable development, labor shortages, and tackling the affordable housing shortage. Funkhouser’s insights into local government from his own experiences added a ‘no judgment’ zone for those of us wrestling with the political and practical constraints of service delivery in local government.” 

George Hawkins
CEO, Moonshot Missions; former General Manager, DC Water

“I jump at the chance to join Mayor Mark Funkhouser on any program focused on local communities. His long experience in local government means his observations and questions are full of practical and first-hand insights. Backed by a team that has been studying the best of local government for years, Mark is skilled at tapping the right speakers for any topic and building discussions that highlight best in class ideas. Their programs are fun, engaging for participants, and I leave as a better public servant as a result.”

Sharon McBride
Sharon McBride
South Bend City Council President

“The [comprehensive plan engagement process] was like none other—it opened our eyes. And I can’t thank Funkhouser & Associates enough. They were very deliberate and patient. No matter how many meetings we scheduled, they came. And they provided us the facts and that blunt point of view that we really needed.”



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