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How to Engage with Municipal Leaders


Join WeConservePA and Bird Town PA for a workshop designed to give EAC members, bird town leaders, watershed stewards, and others a primer on the structure and function of Pennsylvania government. We’ll start with the basics:

  • An overview of the forms of government in Pennsylvania (state, county, municipal, school districts)
  • How municipalities are structured
  • The role of state, county, and municipal government in relation to the environment
  • Roles within the municipal government (elected officials, appointed board, staff)

We’ll then dive deeper into how you can use this information to engage and communicate more effectively on behalf of the environment.





Steve Nelson | Director of Planning and Government Relations for Eastwick Solutions (former director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission)
Steve is a certified city planner and an instructor for the Pennsylvania Municipalities Education Institute (PMPEI), teaching courses on planning, land development and local government in Pennsylvania. He has worked with local and county governments throughout his 30-year career, providing planning expertise to local and county planning commissions and elected officials. Steve helped Montgomery County create its $100 million Open Space & Greenways program, oversaw the County’s first climate change plan, and led trail planning efforts that resulted in the construction of several multi-use trails. Steve has also served on a local planning commission as a member and as Chair and is currently on a local Environmental Advisory Council. Steve’s current work focuses on nature-based economic development and community revitalization. Steve lives in Doylestown Borough.


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