Budget accountability and transparency are well-established practices of good governance. Budget participation is less familiar. We are committed to supporting local governments in all three of these areas with free learning resources that focus on real world cases.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 ET

Kansas City's Award-Winning Resident Engagement

Along with Cities of San Antonio and Virginia Beach, Kansas City was among the first cohort of local governments in 2015 to embrace online simulation as a key component of budget engagement. They are trailblazers in many ways, and so deserving of GFOA's Award for Excellence. On Wednesday, March 20, KCMO's budget officer, Scott Huizenga, will share their comprehensive program to involve residents in the five-year business plan during an installment of Balancing Act Monthly.

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Balancing Act is used by more than 100,000 students in classrooms.

PBS' NewsHour has put together a lesson plan to help you use Balancing Act in the Classroom. This free resource will help teachers to get the most out of the interactive model of the US budget we produce in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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“Quick Start provides a hands-on collaborative introduction to the program with other entities that are learning about it simultaneously.”

-Megan Graham, Public Affairs Officer
La Plata County, Colorado

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