Support Your Team and Community with Assistance from the Thriving Earth Exchange

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We know that our members face many challenges including staff capacity, budgets, and time. As a result, current projects don’t progress or sometimes even get started.

GFOA is happy to share with you a free opportunity through Thriving Earth Exchange, a program of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) that connects communities with volunteer scientists and other technical experts who can help you explore priorities related to resilience, sustainability, water and air quality, and much more. For example, is your community in need of:

  • Scientific Support for Existing Projects?
  • Scientific Evidence and Data to Obtain a Grant?
  • Resilience Study?
  • Flood Mitigation?
  • Climate Impact Study & Mitigation Advisory Support?
  • Water Quality Audit?
  • Air Quality Study?
  • Implementation & Impact Recommendations?
  • Other?

Thriving Earth Exchange will work with your government to provide the scientific support you need to move your existing project forward or put a new project idea into motion. Read more about current projects here.

From GFOA Executive Director Chris Morrill

At their core, many community science projects revolve around one critical question: What decisions can make life better in this community? It’s a tough question, made tougher by the increasingly complex economic, social and environmental issues many towns and cities are facing today. 

It also happens to be one of the questions government finance officers ask themselves every day. Now, government finance officers across the U.S. are joining forces with Thriving Earth Exchange to improve access to scientific expertise in areas such as infrastructure planning, stormwater management and wildfire risk reduction. Through the partnership, the organizations aim to help communities make informed decisions about where to direct shared resources for the greatest good.  

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Town Manager and Honorable Mayor Amanda Dewey discuss the importance of the thriving earth exchange.

Small Government Forum: April 8 Networking Event

This is a valuable opportunity for your government that we hope you will seriously consider!

Updates and Helpful Links:

  • The application deadline for the March 2023 cohort is January 19, 2023.
  • Questions? Reach out to Blake McGhghy at AGU’s Thriving Earth.

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