Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight

Getting local or state government involved early on in your Bridges efforts can reap big rewards, especially if the end goal is to create communities where everyone can live well. In this session, you will hear the Bridges story unfold from the eyes of a government employee who oversees the program in Howard County, Maryland. You’ll also hear how Washington state is using the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program as a springboard for its statewide Bridges initiative. Time will also be available to discuss specific strategies for getting government to the table in your local efforts.

Learning objectives include:

  • Gain new ideas and strategies for talking with government about why they should be, need to be, and want to be involved, or even be the initiator, of a Bridges/Getting Ahead initiative.
  • Bridge the gap in government involvement in many Bridges/Getting Ahead efforts across the country.
  • Provide tools for participants so they can get this sector to the table.

Target audience: Advanced aha! Process users, Bridges Out of Poverty, Government, Policy

Presenters: Quinton Askew, multiservice center director, Howard County Government, Laurel, Maryland, Susan Kempf, WorkFirst Local Planning Areas program manager, Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia, Washington

Date/Location: Tuesday, September 25, Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference, Atlanta, Georgia