Live / Navigating Municipal Funding: Strategies for Success

Includes a Live Web Event on 08/28/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Navigating Municipal Funding: Strategies for Success

Join us for an insightful webinar discussing the intricate landscape of securing funding within municipal governments. We'll explore the complexities of government structures, the nuances of agency contracting processes, and the potential pitfalls along the way. Discover why adopting innovative approaches is crucial and explore alternative contracting methods to mitigate risks. Uncover the importance of understanding funding source deadlines and leveraging community health and wellness data to strengthen proposals. Gain invaluable insights into maximizing funding opportunities while ensuring the well-being of your community.

  1. Discuss key features of municipal government structures impacting funding acquisition.
  2. Identify specific challenges within agency contracting processes and list actionable solutions.
  3. Outline and evaluate the effectiveness of innovative funding and contracting approaches.
  4. List and apply community health and wellness data to enhance funding proposals and outcomes.

Mike Shull

City Parks Alliance & Los Angeles Parks Foundation

Michael Shull graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and is currently a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. Immediately following graduation, he began his career with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering.

At Public Works, he served as one of the City’s Engineers, immersing himself in the project management of many large City capital projects. Various projects centered on the Department of Recreation and Parks, where his knowledge and interest expanded with the challenges the City’s park system faced.

In 2005, he joined the City’s Recreation and Parks team as the head of the Planning Division and worked on innovative design approaches to improve existing parks and increase access to open space. Guiding the development of several major Department facility assessment reports and parks initiatives, including the 2006 Pool Assessment Report, the 2009 Citywide Community Needs Assessment, the Department’s Water Conservation Plan, and the Department’s 2019 Five Year Strategic Plan.

Since 2005, the Department has added 74 new parks and expanded 14 others, adding nearly 700 acres of land while reducing potable water usage by approximately 50%. Mr. Shull implemented equity-based strategies and goals in both achieving gender parity while doubling youth participation in many recreation programs.  Program data and technology played a significant role in support of those strategies for funding and resource requests, which culminated in a $160M funding agreement with the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games to subsidize youth sports and fitness programs, removing cost barriers for participation in the City of Los Angeles lower-income areas.

In 2013, Mr. Shull was appointed as General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks by Mayor Eric Garcetti. As the General Manager, Mr. Shull oversaw more than 500 City Park properties on over 16,000 acres of land, and 1500 full-time employees, and managed an operating budget of approximately $275 million.

Assets included 60 swimming pools, 123 recreation centers, 13 golf courses, 30 senior centers, 300 tennis courts, 350 basketball courts, 25 skate parks, and hundreds of athletic fields. The Department’s operations serve more than 100,000 youth participants in recreation sports and fitness programs throughout the City with a prioritized equity approach.

Mr. Shull is most proud of managing the Department during some of the City’s most challenging fiscal years while expanding park access, adding many new park amenities, increasing capital and resource investment in low-income communities, achieving gender equity, growing recreational programs, restoring critical operation position authorities and providing critical emergency response during the pandemic where Recreation and Parks staff provided vital resources to the unhoused community and places for safe learning for children while local schools were closed.

Mr. Shull retired after 32 years of service for the City of Los Angeles in July of 2022 but continues to consult and volunteer his time as an active board member of the City Parks Alliance and Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

Professional Development Manager


As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

This session will offer the following credits:





0.1 IACET CEU 1.0 AIA LU      1.0 LA CES PDH

CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA LU / 1.0 LA CES PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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Live / Navigating Municipal Funding: Strategies for Success
08/28/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  75 minutes
08/28/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  75 minutes
Obtaining your CEU Credit
Step 1: Complete Navigating Municipal Funding Survey
9 Questions
Step 2: Complete Navigating Municipal Funding Quiz
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
Step 3: Download Navigating Municipal Funding Certificate
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available