Rapp Consulting Group

The Rapp Consulting Group serves organizations in the local government and non-profit sectors. We design and facilitate organizational strategy, support and develop high performing teams, and lead organizational improvement initiatives that achieve sustained results.


Whether it’s a weekend strategy session or a year-long community visioning effort, the Rapp Consulting Group tailors the strategy process to the needs of the organization and community. Using a best-in-class process delivered in over one hundred engagements, we work with leadership teams to establish a strategic “guidance system” of key outcomes, performance indicators, and targeted measures. We then guide the management team through development of detailed initiatives and action plans, ensuring accountability. We reinforce our approach by partnering with best-in-class providers of stakeholder engagement and performance reporting technology.



Great teams don’t just happen; they take hard work and require sustained attention. This is especially true for the leadership teams in local government — where politics, community unrest and unfulfilled expectations can lead to strained relations and decision-making gridlock. The Rapp Consulting Group has helped dozens of local government leadership teams go from dysfunctional to functional.



Optimizing the performance of organizations in the public and nonprofit sectors falls into two distinct areas of activity:

Organizational Assessments – Our consultants have decades of experience leading, managing and assessing the performance of organizations. Using time-tested and cutting-edge practices, we deliver clear analyses and actionable solutions.

Alternative Service Delivery – Many organizations have tried to cut costs or improve performance by pursuing consolidation, outsourcing or privatization strategies. These approaches are effective but difficult to implement — from both political and organizational perspectives. Our team has decades of hands-on experience creating, leading and consulting with organizations that have navigated these situations, and we have designed award-winning solutions that have been replicated and featured in professional publications.

Craig Rapp interview with Lakeville, Minnesota City Administrator regarding community visioning project. The taping was aired on “City Limits” weekly cable television show.


Craig Rapp and the Rapp Consulting Group has provided strategic planning and consulting services to over 100 organizations of all sizes, ranging from Hennepin County, Minnesota (population 1.2 million) to the cities of State College, Pennsylvania (pop. 42,000) and Grass Valley, California (pop. 13,000).

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We work with a network of best-in-class strategic partners in order to provide a “total solutions” approach for our clients.


As a strategic partner of the Rapp Consulting Group, Polco provides multifaceted stakeholder engagement and survey tools–enabling leaders to make evidence-based decisions, and clearly understand the needs and preferences of their communities.


As a strategic partner, Envisio provides a critical link in the Rapp Consulting Group’s “end-to-end” strategic planning process by providing innovative, cloud-based strategy execution and performance management software–including Envisio©Strategy Manager,Envisio©Public Dashboard, and Envisio©Employee Performance Manager, and govBenchmark©

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