Budgeting and Forecasting

Modern Practices in Public Engagement


May 20, 2023

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard
Portland, Oregon

  • Field of Study: Finance
  • Credits: 4.00
  • Prerequisite: None

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PT

Public budget hearings, citizen surveys, and town hall meetings are all timeless options that local governments have come to rely on to satisfy basic requirements for public engagement. It is widely recognized that governments should do a better job at engaging the public during the budget process. However, as political polarization becomes the leading social rift of our time, the need for improved public engagement takes on a new urgency. Distrust of experts, loss of faith in institutions, and the politics of cynicism add to the challenge. In this session, attendees will learn how to plan a modern public engagement strategy that includes technology, focuses on getting meaningful participation from a diverse community, and facilitates productive conversations.

  • Member Price: $195.00
  • Non-member Price: $260.00
Learning Objectives:
  • Those completing this seminar should be able to:
  • Understand new technology options for public engagement
  • Identify common mistakes in planning public engagement events and learn how to avoid making them
  • Develop strategies for dealing with political polarization
  • Learn how to entice participation from a wide range of community members