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Center for Priority Based Budgeting - Annual Conference

Posted June 5, 2013 11:00 AM by Ted Jackson

Ascendant is excited about sponsoring the Annual Conference of the Center for Priority Based Budgeting because this event represents exactly what we are trying to promote--linking your budget to your priorities.  We believe strongly that strategy should be at the center of your management process.  This means that your budget should be linked to your strategy, and thus, you should use the lens of strategy to focus your community resources on results.  Please read more about this conference and if you are a municipality, please register and attend.  We look forward to meeting you at the event.


The 2013 "Summit of Leading Practices" Annual Conference is an excellent source of information about local government leading practices. The Summit will feature discussions, case studies and presentations on priority based budgeting, fiscal health,

civic engagement and high-performance organizations, all topics that are critical to the success of local governments.
Don't miss this opportunity to find out about these leading practice areas, and meet senior local-government managers and elected officials who have employed these strategies in their organizations.

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs
July 9 & 10, 2013     Arlington, VA     Hilton Crystal City Hotel

Lincoln "Today's challenges have required local governments to work differently, looking to new and innovative approaches to service delivery, while at the same time reducing costs and increasing efficiency of operation. While "best" practices are always important for managers to follow and implement, it is those "leading" practices-creative and innovative ways to approach service delivery-that hold the greatest promise for us to truly "reinvent" government and the ways we do business..."

NASA’s Curiosity Mission – A Public Relations Success Story

Posted August 31, 2012 9:09 PM by Dylan Miyake

I would like to take a minute to congratulate NASA for their exceptional work with the Mars Curiosity rover mission. But this tribute is not for the spacecraft design or rocket science. It's for NASA's exceptional job in telling their story and engaging the public throughout the mission.

Our organizations may not have $2.6 billion dollar budgets but we can mimic NASA's successful outreach work to increase awareness and public interest of our own missions.

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Voice of the Customer- Improving Your Community Outreach

Posted May 1, 2012 8:33 AM by Dylan Miyake

The phrases "Citizen Outreach" and "Voice of the Customer" have been popular topics over the past few weeks. The trend started at an Alliance for Innovation Conference in Kansas City.

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