Ron Vine and Associates

“Making Citizen Opinions Matter”

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Ron Vine, President

Education
M.S., Public Parks and Recreation, University of Illinois, 1975
B.S., History, University of Illinois, 1973

Experience
In a career that has included 15 years of high level government administrative positions and 25 years as a consultant working with hundreds of cities, counties, towns and special government districts in 48 states, Ron has earned a national reputation as one of the leading authorities in the country at “meaningfully involving citizens” in governmental projects, including more than 300 master plans and strategic plans.

Ron is very skilled in conducting both qualitative public involvement efforts, including facilitating board and elected official’s workshops, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, staff workshops and quantitative research, including serving as the project manager for over 600 statistically valid citizen survey efforts. Ron has worked with public sector clients ranging in size from a few thousand residents to over 5 million residents. He has worked with over 40 cities and counties of more than 100,000 residents.

Ron is considered a national expert in developing survey questions that are “spot on” in their attention to the most important issues to be asked of residents, as well as analyzing survey findings to seamlessly support strategic and master planning efforts and on-going operations. Ron has presented the results of survey findings to hundreds of elected City and County Boards, Park District Boards, and other governing officials as well as conducting numerous staff training workshops in the usage of survey research.

Ron has a passion for meaningfully involving citizens in decisions that impact the communities that are their homes. He believes that every public involvement effort needs to start with building trust and buy-in from residents and that trust and buy-in must be the foundation for every project. Ron understands that nothing happens unless you build consensus among residents, governmental officials and community leaders.

Ron is the creator of the “Class-Program-Facility Participant Survey Audit”. The CPF Participants Survey Audit a powerful tool for reviewing existing in-house class, program, and facility participants surveys, developing comprehensive recommendations to make program and class participants and facility users surveys significantly better and for training staff in the development, analysis and usage of survey information. Since 2016, Ron has administered “Class-Program-Facility Participant Survey Audits” in numerous park and recreation systems across the country.
Prior to becoming a private consultant in 1989, Mr. Vine worked for 15 years in a series of high level governmental administrative positions, including serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation and Chief Administrative Officer for a City of over 100,000 residents.

Ron’s background in both City government and as a project manager for hundreds of public involvement efforts provides him a unique background to assist governmental agencies in “making citizens’ opinions matter” and implementing findings from strategic plans. He is a strong advocate for finding funding solutions, based on proportional investment strategies combining the resources of local units of government, other community partners and service users.

Ron is a regular speaker at numerous state and national conferences and workshops on conducting meaningful and effective public involvement processes

Ron Vine has served as project manager for public involvement processes for the following communities

  • Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Addison Park District, Illinois
  • Aiken, South Carolina
  • Albany/Dougherty County, Georgia
  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Allerton, Pennsylvania
  • Algonquin Park District, Illinois
  • American Canyon, California
  • Annandale, Minnesota
  • Arapahoe County, Colorado
  • Arlington County, Virginia
  • Arlington Heights Park District, IL
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Athens, Alabama
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Avondale, Arizona
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Batavia, Park District
  • Beavercreek, Ohio
  • Belleview, Washington
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Bethel School District, Washington
  • Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Bloomingdale, Park Dist., Illinois
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Blue Valley Rec. Dist., Kansas
  • Bolingbrook Park District, Illinois
  • Bonner Springs, Kansas
  • Brighton, Colorado
  • Broward County, Florida
  • Brownsburg, Indiana
  • Brunswick, Maine
  • Buffalo Grove Park District, Illinois
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Burleson, Texas
  • Burien, Washington
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Cabot, Arkansas
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Canon City, Colorado
  • Canton, Michigan
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Cape Coral, Florida
  • Carlsbad, California
  • Carmel, Indiana
  • Carol Stream, Illinois
  • Cary, North Carolina
  • Cary Park District, Illinois
  • Casa Grande, Arizona
  • Casper, Wyoming
  • Castle Rock, Colorado
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Champaign Forest Preserves, Ill.
  • Champaign Park District, Illinois
  • Chandler, Arizona
  • Chanute, Kansas
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Cherry Hills, Colorado
  • Chickaloon Village, Alaska
  • Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Clay County, Missouri
  • Clayton, Missouri
  • Cordova, California
  • Cleveland Metro Parks, Ohio
  • Coffeyville, Kansas
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Commerce City, Colorado
  • Crested Butte, Montana
  • Danville, Virginia
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Deerfield Park District, Illinois
  • DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Derby, Kansas
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Dickinson, ND
  • Dilworth, Minnesota
  • Donegal, Pennsylvania
  • Doral, Florida
  • Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • East Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Eastern Rio Blanco, Colorado
  • Edina, Minnesota
  • Edmonds, Washington
  • Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • Ely, Minnesota
  • Elyria, Ohio
  • Emporia, Kansas
  • Erie, Colorado
  • Estes Valley, Colorado
  • Everett, Washington
  • Fair Oaks, California
  • Fairfax, Virginia
  • Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Falls Church, Virginia
  • Farmington, Minnesota
  • Fergus Falls, Minnesota
  • Ferguson, Missouri
  • Fishers, Indiana
  • Five Rivers, Ohio
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Flower Mound, Texas
  • Foothills, Colorado
  • Forsyth County, Georgia
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Fort Morgan, Colorado
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Fox Valley Park District, Illinois
  • Fox Valley SRA, Illinois
  • Frankfort Park District, Illinois
  • Franklin Township, Tennessee
  • Freeland, Michigan
  • Freeport, Illinois
  • Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Fulton County, Georgia
  • Gahanna, Ohio
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Gardner, Kansas
  • Genesee County, Michigan
  • Geneseo Park District, Illinois
  • Geneva Park District, Illinois
  • Georgetown/Scott Ct., Kentucky
  • Gladstone, Missouri
  • Glendale, Arizona
  • Glendale, California
  • Glendora, California
  • Glen Ellyn Park District, Illinois
  • Glencoe Park District, Illinois
  • Glenview Park District, Illinois
  • Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Godfrey Park District, Illinois
  • Grand Fork
  • Grandview, Missouri
  • Granville Recreation, Ohio
  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Greenville County, South Carolina
  • Greenwood, Indiana
  • Gresham, Oregon
  • Grove City, Ohio
  • Gurnee Park District, Illinois
  • Hastings, Nebraska
  • Hazelwood, Missouri
  • Healdsburg, California
  • Henderson, Nevada
  • Hernando, Mississippi
  • Highland Park-Park District, Illinois
  • Hillsborough County, Florida
  • Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Hoffman Estates Park Dist. Illinois
  • Homewood-Flossmoor PD, Illinois
  • Huron, Ohio
  • Independence, Missouri
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Iowa State Parks
  • Jackson, Wyoming
  • Jackson County, Missouri
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Johnson County, Kansas
  • Joliet/Bolingbrook PD, Illinois
  • Jordan, Minnesota
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Kansas City, Kansas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kanabec, Minnesota
  • Kent, Washington
  • Kentucky State Parks, Kentucky
  • Kentwood, Michigan
  • Kettering, Ohio
  • Kirkwood, Missouri
  • Kuna
  • Kyle, Texas
  • Lake Bluff Park District, Illinois
  • Lake Havasu, Arizona
  • Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Lake St. Louis, Missouri
  • La Palma, California
  • La Quinta, California
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Lauderhill, Florida
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Leawood, Kansas
  • Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Lemont Park District, Illinois
  • Lenexa, Kansas
  • Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Liberty, Missouri
  • Lindenhurst, Park District, Illinois
  • Lisle Park District, Illinois
  • Lodi, California
  • Lombard Park District, Illinois
  • Longview, Texas
  • Longview, Washington
  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Loudoun County, Virginia
  • Lubbock County, Texas
  • Lucas County, Ohio
  • Macomb Park District, Illinois
  • Macomb Township, Michigan
  • Mahomet Park District, Illinois
  • Malibu, California
  • Manhattan, Kansas
  • Manheim Township, Pennsylvania
  • Mankato, Minnesota
  • Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Margate, Florida
  • Marquette, Michigan
  • Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Martinsville, Virginia
  • Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Meeker, Colorado

 

  • Merriam, Kansas
  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Metro Green/MARC, KC
  • Mexico, Missouri
  • Miami, Florida
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Miami-Shores, Florida
  • Middletown, New Jersey
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
  • Mission, Kansas
  • Missoula, Montana
  • Moberly, Missouri
  • Monmouth County, New Jersey
  • Monroe County, Indiana
  • Monroe, North Carolina
  • Monroe, Ohio
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Montrose, Colorado
  • Moon Township, Pennsylvania
  • Moore, Oklahoma
  • Mooresville, North Carolina
  • Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Morris County, New Jersey
  • Morris Township, New Jersey
  • Mount Dora, Florida
  • Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • Mukilteo, Washington
  • Mundelein Park District, Illinois
  • Munster, Indiana
  • Mt. Sterling, Kentucky
  • Muhlenberg County, North Carolina
  • Mukilteo, Washington
  • Mundelein Park District, Illinois
  • Munster, Indiana
  • Murray-Calloway County, Kentucky
  • Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio
  • Napa, California
  • Naperville Park District, Illinois
  • Naples, Florida
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Newman, Georgia
  • Newton, Kansas
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Northbrook Park District, Illinois
  • Northfield Park District, Illinois
  • NWSPA, Illinois
  • Northern Virginia Park Authority, Virginia
  • Oak Park-Park District, Illinois
  • Oakland County, Michigan
  • Oakland Township, Michigan
  • Oldham County, Kentucky
  • Oakwood, Ohio
  • O’Fallon, Illinois
  • O’Fallon, Missouri
  • Ohio State Parks, Ohio
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oldham, Kentucky
  • Olathe, Kansas
  • Olympia Park District, Illinois
  • Ontario, Oregon
  • Orange County, Florida
  • Orange Township, Ohio
  • Orangevale, California
  • Oregon City, Oregon
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Orion Township, Michigan
  • Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Oswegoland Park District, Illinois
  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Oxford, Ohio
  • Palatine Park District, Illinois
  • Palm Desert, California
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Palmer, Alaska
  • Park City, Utah
  • Passaic County, NJ
  • Pasco County, Florida
  • Pelican Bay, Florida
  • Peoria, Arizona
  • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  • Pinellas County, Florida
  • Plainfield Park District, Illinois
  • Platte County, Missouri
  • Polk County, Iowa
  • Portage, Ohio
  • Porter County, Indiana
  • Portland, Maine
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Princeton, New Jersey
  • Prince Georges County, Maryland
  • Prince William County, VA
  • Provo, Utah
  • Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Quincy Park District, Illinois
  • Radnor, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Ramsey, Minnesota
  • Randolph Township, New Jersey
  • Raymore, Missouri
  • Raytown, Missouri
  • Redmond, Washington
  • Rhode Island State Parks
  • Richland County, South Carolina
  • Richland Hills, Texas
  • Richmond, California
  • Richmond County, South Carolina
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Richmond Heights, Ohio
  • River Forest Park District, Illinois
  • River Trails Park District, Illinois
  • Roanoke County, Virginia
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Rock Island, Illinois
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Roeland Park, Kansas
  • Rolla, Missouri
  • Rolling Meadows Park District, IL.
  • Rosemead, California
  • Roseville, Minnesota
  • Round Lake Park District, Illinois
  • Round Rock, Texas
  • Rutland, Vermont
  • Salem, Oregon
  • Salina, Kansas
  • Salvation Army, Augusta, Georgia
  • Salvation Army, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
  • Salvation Army, Denver
  • Salvation Army, Detroit
  • Salvation Army, Kerrville, Texas
  • Salvation Army, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Salvation Army, Morgantown WV
  • Salvation Army, Norfolk, Virginia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Sandusky, Ohio
  • Santee, California
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Schaumburg Park District, Illinois
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Sequim, Washington
  • SEASPAR, Illinois
  • Shawnee, Kansas
  • Shawnee County, Kansas
  • Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Sheridan, Wyoming
  • Sherwood, Oregon
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Shoreline, Washington
  • Si View Metro Park District, WA
  • South Burlington, Vermont
  • SW Regional Park Plan, Nevada
  • South Jordan, Utah
  • Springfield/Greene County, Missouri
  • Springdale, Arkansas
  • Spring Hill, Kansas
  • St Charles, Missouri
  • St. Charles County, Missouri
  • St Louis, Missouri
  • St Peters, Missouri
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • St. Louis County, Missouri
  • St. Louis County, Port Authority, Missouri
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Suffolk, Virginia
  • Sugar Creek Park District, Illinois
  • Sunrise, Florida
  • Superior, Colorado
  • Sycamore Park District, Illinois
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tamarac, Florida
  • Tempe, Arizona
  • Temple City, California
  • Texas State Parks
  • Tracy, California
  • Transylvania County, NC
  • Tyler, Texas
  • The University of Missouri
  • The Woodlands, Texas
  • Town of Normal, Illinois
  • Tracy, California
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Turner, Kansas
  • Union County, Pennsylvania
  • Universal City, Washington
  • Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania
  • Upper Sandusky, Ohio
  • Urbana Park District, Illinois
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Vernon Hills, Illinois
  • Village of Lake Zurich, Illinois
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Wake County, North Carolina
  • Warrenville Park District, Illinois
  • Warrensburg, Missouri
  • Wasilla, Alaska
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Webster Groves, Missouri
  • Wentzville, Missouri
  • West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Western DuPage SRA
  • West Fargo, North Dakota
  • Westchester, Ohio
  • Westchester County, New York
  • Western DuPage Special Rec. Assoc.
  • Westerville, Ohio
  • Westlake, Ohio
  • West Richland, Washington
  • Wheeling Park District, Illinois
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Williamson County, Texas
  • Windsor, Colorado
  • Winnetka Park District, Illinois
  • Winter Garden, Florida
  • Woodridge Park District, Illinois
  • Wyandotte County, Kansas
  • Yakima, Washington