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Effective Strategies for Local Advocacy

Want to advocate for change in your local community, but not sure where to start?

HAND has organized a two-hour training session on Oct. 24 that will allow you to learn strategies for engaging with local decision-makers.

Rachel Mattingly from Prosperity Indiana will lead the training. She will be joined by Ryan Crum, the Director of Planning and Building for the town of McCordsville. Together, they’ll help participants understand the roles of government officials and other community leaders, key planning and decision-making processes, and how residents can effectively influence both.


Ryan was hired to serve as the Town of McCordsville’s first Director of Planning and Building in 2013.  He leads a staff that provides all planning, zoning, building, and inspection services in the town.  Ryan also serves as staff to the Town Council, Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Redevelopment Commission, among other boards and commissions.  Other duties include managing the Capital Projects Plan and grant writing. 

Prior work experience includes serving for seven years as a Planner and Senior Planner for the Town of Fishers, where he managed development and project review, created staff projects, worked on long-term planning projects, analyzed development proposals, and made recommendations to various boards and commissions.  

Have a specific topic or question you’d like to have addressed during training? Email Rachel at

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development organized the training session with support from Old National Bank Foundation. Additional topics in this series include Board Basics, held in April, and The Basics of Neighborhood Association and Homeowners Association, held in July.