ASHBURN, Va.—The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)—a national, nonprofit organization that serves as a trusted partner to local, state, and federal governments—extends its congratulations to Curt Skoog, IBTS’ Local Government Services Development Lead, for his recent electoral win as Mayor of the City of Overland Park, Kansas.
Prior to his election, Mayor Skoog served as an Overland Park City Council Member since 2005, as Council President in 2021, Mid-American Regional Council Board Chair, and has also acted as Co-Chair of the Creating Sustainable Places Consortium Coordinating Committee. His work for the City has personified IBTS’ mission of strengthening communities by implementing policies and supporting projects that build resilience and enhance culture, such as the resurgence of the City’s downtown areas.
“We are very pleased about Curt’s election as Mayor of Overland Park,” said Ashok Goswami, IBTS’ Chief Executive Officer. “His passion for strengthening local governments is clear from his years of service as a Council Member and exemplifies the public service mission embedded in our culture at IBTS,” he added. “I’m excited to see the City benefit from his leadership.”
Mayor Skoog has been with IBTS since 2015; during that time, he has used his public sector leadership expertise to find solutions for dozens of local governments nationally, with a focus on Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He currently oversees IBTS’s partnership with the HGACBuy purchasing cooperative. To become an HGACBuy vendor, IBTS completed a highly competitive procurement process, which enables cities and counties to engage IBTS immediately to provide emergency and disaster management services, including managing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
As Mayor, Skoog plans to improve the City’s existing track record of success. “Overland Park has consistently been rated as one of the best places to live, to start your career, to raise your family. It would be easy to settle in and feel comfortable with where we are now,” he says. “But my focus as Mayor will be keeping the City moving forward by becoming more transparent and improving our communications with the public,” he added.
One of Mayor Skoog’s first efforts will be updating the City’s comprehensive plan, which will serve as the blueprint for the City’s future. As IBTS has assisted several municipalities with creating and updating their comprehensive plans, Mayor Skoog brings extensive knowledge about successful comprehensive planning to the process.
“I am honored to have been elected and am ready to work for each of our residents to build on our longstanding tradition of excellence,” says Mayor Skoog.
In addition to his local government service, Mayor Skoog has also been active within the community serving the Shawnee Mission School District South area and the Kenilworth Homes Association. He is a graduate of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Kansas Program, The Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas School of Business.
IBTS is a national nonprofit organization and trusted advisor and partner to local, state, and federal governments. The organization provides building code expertise; federal grants management; disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery expertise; local government solutions; solar quality assurance; and resilience services. IBTS’ work is guided by a Board of Directors with representatives from the Council of State Governments (CSG), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Governor’s Association, and the National League of Cities (NLC).