Public Works in the Field

AC3 pt 2 copyAnika and Patrick were in Oregon the first week of December for another session with the 3rd Advocates College hosted by our colleagues at Neighborhood Partnerships. During this session, they presented our latest module on Race and the Role of Government: Building Support for Public Solutions.

In December, Marcia worked with the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska—a group of advocates, business leaders, researchers, foundations, service providers and community leaders who support investment in their state—to help them develop disciplined messages as they prepare to work together in the 2013 Legislative Session. Marcia also presented to the Rebuild Nebraska coalition.

Elaine was spotted in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she led a workshop for attendees of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center’s mid-year budget briefing. In a recent statement, Sharon Ward, the center’s director, made a compelling case against the governor’s plans to reduce taxes: “It’s time to get Pennsylvania back on track by investing again in education, transportation and local communities. That is how Pennsylvania will continue to be a state where people want to raise a family or start a business.”

Elaine also presented to several dozen state officials from governors’ offices at a meeting of the National Governors Association that was focused on state governance reform and modernization efforts.

In mid-December Patrick spent two days with long-term partners in Massachusetts. He conducted a workshop for the Campaign for Our Communities, which is working hard to increase state revenues to invest in the public services that keep communities strong and thriving. He also presented to and had a great discussion with the staff, board and funders of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, organizational home of Public Works’ own board member, Noah Berger. While in Boston, Patrick also had conversations with key legislators who will move revenue legislation in the coming year.

Anika and Elaine joined the members of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at their policy and program meeting in D.C. in mid-December. They presented and facilitated discussions in two of AFT’s five divisions, the Public Employees division and Paraprofessionals and School-related Personnel members. They helped AFT staff and leaders in their efforts to formulate and refine a Quality Agenda that connects members’ work to their communities and to the importance of maintaining a quality public sector.

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