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Deep Dive into Local Gov II

Featuring: Andrea Fox, AICP, MPP and Laura Goddeeris, AICP, MUPP

January 30 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CT

To improve the support offerings provided to EPIC-N Member Programs, EPIC-N hosts a Training Webinar series. The webinars host expert guests and occur when speakers are available. Members can attend the live taping of the presentation, or review recordings posted to the EPIC-N Member Commons for members to review at any time. Future calls and topics will be posted on the EPIC-N events page. To gain access to the Training Webinar series, join as an EPIC-N Member Program. Details about membership can be found here. Email questions to

The “Local Gov Deep Dive II” webinar will start at 12:00 PM CT on Thursday, January 30. Attendees will learn how to more effectively partner with local governments by understanding the local government perspective. EPIC-N Advisory Board member and Garrett Park, MD Town Manager Andrea Fox and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)’s Laura Goddeeris answer the questions:

  • How can you partner more effectively with local governments?
  • What research does ICMA have that can help programs best engage with local gov leaders?
  • What suggestions do you have to help drive conversations with local gov leaders to develop potential projects?

Presenters will provide complementary perspectives on local government needs and priorities. Laura manages a large portfolio of quantitative and qualitative research on local government activities at ICMA. She will share from ICMA’s vast library of survey data, which offers insights into how EPIC programs can engage with local government leaders. Andrea will highlight examples of projects that could be offered to local governments as part of an EPIC program to fill those needs and priorities. At the end of the presentation, those attending will have the opportunity to ask presenters questions and for recommendations.

Presenter Bios

Andrea Fox, AICP, MPP, has spent her career working in and with local and state governments, frequently focused on projects that support government and community sustainability. With a deep interest in cities and what makes them tick, Andrea’s career has exposed her to the challenges and opportunities in cities of varying size, political climates, and locations, including the City of Omaha, NE (pop. 468,000), the City of Napa, CA (pop. 80,000), and the Town of Garrett Park, MD (pop. 1,100). She currently serves as the Town Manager / Clerk-Treasurer of Garrett Park and prior to that, worked at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Andrea understands first-hand the many challenges that local governments face and how university staff and students are well-equipped to support them. She is on the EPIC-N Advisory Board, has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Denver, is AICP certified, and is a Fellow/Candidate in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance through the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.

Laura Goddeeris, AICP, MUPP, has over a decade of experience in research, outreach, program administration, and civic engagement around community and economic development issues. As ICMA’s director of survey research, she oversees ICMA’s quantitative and qualitative analysis of local government practices, programs, partnerships, and policies. Prior to joining ICMA, she spent nine years as a specialist at Michigan State University, where she conducted survey research, economic analysis, and managed a portfolio of nearly $3M in sponsored projects aimed to promote resilient, equitable, and healthy communities through regional food systems. While based in Michigan, she also worked closely with municipal staff on sustainable development and comprehensive planning efforts for years as chair of her local planning commission and community development advisory committee. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Montgomery County Charter Review Commission.  Laura holds a Master in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Want to learn more about this opportunity? Call 608-709-8644 or email EPIC-N staff for more information.


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