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October Member Program Training Webinar

Deep Dive into Local Government

Featuring: Ben Kittelson

To improve the support offerings provided to EPIC-N Member Programs, EPIC-N is kicking off a new Training Webinar series. The webinar series will host expert guests and will occur monthly. Presentations will be recorded and 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.

The first EPIC-N Training Webinar features Ben Kittelson who will provide a deep dive into local government and community priorities and goals to assist, and provide real-time feedback to, EPIC-N program leaders as they continue improving their programs.

Ben Kittelson is an Associate at The Novak Consulting Group and is on the Board of Directors for Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). He has helped run ELGL since 2013 and the organization has grown in that time from a few hundred members in the Portland, Oregon region to over 4,800 across the nation. He also produces and co-hosts ELGL’s GovLove Podcast on topics ranging from innovation and performance to equity and workforce development. Ben joined The Novak Consulting Group in 2019 after seven years of direct service to local governments on the East and West Coast. Most recently, Ben worked for the Budget and Management Services Department in the City of Durham, North Carolina. He worked on the annual budget and the community-wide strategic plan. 

Ben began his career in the Portland, Oregon region, where he served the Cities of Gresham, West Linn, and Beaverton, as well as Metro, the regional government for the Portland area.  Ben expanded his experience in the Budget, Management and Evaluation Department in Guilford County, North Carolina, where he analyzed government services such as jail operations and education funding. Ben earned a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University and earned a bachelor’s in politics and economics from Willamette University. Ben enjoys walking his dog, Franklin, and drinking hoppy craft beers.

To gain access to the Training Webinar series, participants must join as a stakeholder from a current EPIC-N Member Program. Details about membership can be found here. Not sure if you qualify? Email your question to


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