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Learning Lab Sessions

Stop by the conference's Learning Lab sessions and join a small audience at your choice of short, interactive presentations on the focused topics that will stir your curiosity. 



Analysis of Approaches to Job Creation in South African Municipalities

Monday, October 21 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


The current constrained economic conditions in South Africa do not provide sufficient absorption capacity for employment in the Corporate or SMME environments to alleviate unemployment in the short term. The normal agreed and accepted Local Economic Development interventions and approaches of Municipalities are therefore supplemented with Public Employment Programmes in South Africa to support long term job creation & employment opportunities. The paper explore the rationale, nature and successes of these programmes in selected Metropolitan Cities.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Hennie Labuschagne, Director, Institute for Local Government Management of South Africa (iLGM), Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA


Cultivating Trust in the Digital Age: Is It Possible?

Monday, October 21 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


As municipalities are required to follow open meetings and open records laws, it can often feel like walking on eggshells with respect to transparency. The backlash that can ensue from not being open or transparent enough is a hard blow to bounce back from – and that is exactly what we’ll help you avoid in this session around creating a culture of trust.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Michelle Cooper, eGovernance Specialist, Diligent, New York, NY
Speaker: Josh Fruecht, eGovernance Advisor, iCompass & BoardDocs, Diligent, Winter Garden, FL


Data.Census.Gov: Utilizing the New Census Data Platform

Monday, October 21 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM


As local government professionals, you are aware of the invaluable statistics on housing, economics, and demographics the Census Bureau produces. But do you know how to access this treasure trove of information? The Census Bureau has rolled out a new platform -data.census.gov- for the American Community Survey, Economic Census and upcoming 2020 Census. Join this session for a live demonstration of the new platform. Learn how to access tables, maps, and profiles for your community using the new site to use in making policy, applying for grants and planning for your community's future.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Rob Chestnut, Assistant Division Chief, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC
Speaker: Charles Gamble, Supervisory Survey Statistician, US Census Bureau, Washington, DC


Beyond Pensions: Not Just for Finance Directors

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


What do local managers and their staff need to know about new Government Accounting Standards Board efforts
regarding leases, debt disclosures, and fiscal stress signals?


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: David Vaudt, GASB Chairman, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Norwalk, CT


Planning and Promoting Solar Energy

Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM


Is your government doing their best for solar? Explore how local governments can set solar development goals, address “solar-ready” concepts, encourage commercial and residential solar participation, and capture benefits of solar development while minimizing risks.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Kalee Whitehouse, Cadmus Group, Arlington, VA


The Balancing Act of Being a Parent and a Chief Executive

Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM


We all work hard to find the balance between our families and our careers.  Being a parent is a 24/7 job and being a Chief Executive is a 24/7 job.  How can you balance it all and be happy?  It is possible and we can do it by putting a few key practices into place.
 
Tamara Letourneau is the City Manager for the City of Laguna Niguel, California and Paul Letourneau is a manager for Trader Joe’s.  They also have two school age daughters.  Come hear how they achieve the balance and learn their tips for doing the same in your life.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Tamara Letourneau, City Manager, City of Laguna Niguel, Laguna Niguel, CA


The Future of America's First Suburbs

Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM


For his 2018-2019 Local Government Research Fellowship, an ICMA member manager spent his spare time exploring indicators of suburban disinvestment and divergence. While the landscape was stark, it inspired recommendations to smaller local governments surrounding urban areas for reversing decline and revitalizing their communities.
 


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Thomas Carroll, Village Manager, Village of Silverton, Cincinnati, OH


A Process For Public Trust: Case studies from Charlotte, Virginia Beach, and Skagit County, WA

Tuesday, October 22 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Through work with 75+ organizations in 26 different U.S. states, 5 building blocks have emerged that define a successful community engagement process. With a more streamlined, connected process, government organizations can build public trust and increase equitable participation across all projects and departments. This session will connect the dots on how this process leads to better outcomes for residents, city managers, and elected officials.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Jay Dawkins, CEO, PublicInput.com, Raleigh, NC


Crowdsourcing Policy Using Resident Panels

Tuesday, October 22 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


As town halls and mainstream social media continue to lack representation from the community at large, governments often lose the opportunity to use the voice of residents in planning and policy analysis. The use of resident panels can provide an alternative way to collect feedback from a broader range of constituents and benefit from providing a larger range of voices in collective decision making.
In this lab, National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) and Polco will discuss the national trends in panel development and use, as well as provide the key methods in panel recruitment, retention and query.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Michelle Kobayashi, Senior Vice President of Innovation, National Research Center, Inc., Boulder, CO
Speaker: Nick Mastronardi, Chief Executive Officer, Polco, Middleton, WI


How the Federal Government Can Help Your Community Tackle the Opioid Crisis

Tuesday, October 22 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Over the past three years, three major bipartisan pieces of legislation were passed by Congress and signed into law to confront and address the nation’s widespread over-prescribing and abuse of opioids: the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-198); the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255); and the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271). How has this legislation, with numerous provisions involving law enforcement, public health, stricter oversight of opioid production and distribution, and healthcare financing and coverage, benefited local governments? What additional steps and policy changes can the federal government adopt to address the opioid epidemic and better assist local stakeholders?


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: W. Roger Gwinn, CEO, The Ferguson Group, LLC, Washington, DC
Speaker: Jennifer Imo, Managing Partner for Client Services, The Ferguson Group, LLC, Washington, DC
Moderator: Zachary Israel, Senior Associate, The Ferguson Group, LLC, Washington, DC
Speaker: Kristi More, Managing Partner for Strategic Development, The Ferguson Group, LLC, Washington, DC



Civic Health/Community Cohesion
Civic Capital: Your Community's Problem-Solving Capacity

Monday, October 21 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


What makes some communities better able than others to solve tough social, political, or economic challenges?  The National Civic League’s 2019 Civic Index measures engagement, inclusion, equity, communication, shared vision, and collaboration. See how this self-assessment tool can help your community.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Doug Linkhart, President, National Civic League, Denver, CO


Podcasting Your Story

Monday, October 21 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Want to be part of the hottest communication trend and start a podcast? This session will discuss how a podcast can help you increase your community’s connection to residents, offer tips on how to get your new podcast up and running, and show you how to structure and promote your podcast for maximum engagement. See how local governments can effectively share their stories and promote healthy civic dialogue via podcasts or other direct engagement.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Erika White, Brooklyn, NY


Strengthening Libraries as Community and Entrepreneurial Hub

Monday, October 21 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Beyond their traditional roles, libraries also serve as learning and entrepreneurial hubs to support immigrants, people of color, justice-involved individuals, women, and veterans. Explore strategies to engage your next wave of community leaders and benchmark your effectiveness.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Panelist: Tammy Baggett, Library Director, County of Durham, Durham, NC
Moderator: Susan Benton, President & CEO, Urban Libraries Council, Washington, DC
Panelist: Wendell Davis, County Manager, County of Durham, Durham, NC



Equity and Inclusion
Building Cultural Competency: Tribal-City-County Cooperation

Monday, October 21 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM


What makes some communities better able to promote cooperation to solve tough social, political, or economic challenges? This workshop explores what it takes to build a level of cultural competency to build tribal, county, and municipal relationships. This workshop will also further explore what DEI components are necessary to achieve a successful intergovernmental agreement with a marginalized tribe, county, or municipality.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Mitchell Berg, City Administrator, City of Mahnomen, Mahnomen, MN


Homegrown Heroes: Diversity in the Public Safety Forces

Monday, October 21 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM




MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Joe Parlette, Deputy City Manager, City of Dayton, Dayton, OH



Futurism/Innovation
No Nonsense: A Regional Approach in Belgium

Monday, October 21 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


Flanders, Belgium, is undergoing significant changes. Local Leaders intend to integrate public social services, reorganize police forces, merge municipalities, introduce service design principles when modernizing city halls, transform to a digital, paperless administration, and change the management of human resources.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Colin Beheydt, City Manager, City of Bruges, Bruges, BELGIUM
Speaker: Borchert Belien, City Manager, Local Authority Oosterzele, Oosterzele, BELGIUM


Uncorking Blockchain: From Permits to Crypto Currencies

Monday, October 21 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


Why is blockchain technology important?  This presentation builds upon concepts central to blockchain technology (decentralization, immutability, and security). Areas to be explored include Secured Transactions, IoT, Supply Chain and Logistics, Real Estate and Title, Privacy/Cybersecurity, Policy, Smart Contracts, and KYC/AML.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Russell Truell, Franklin, TN



Leadership
Preparing for the Next Recession

Monday, October 21 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


What can be expected at the county level when another recession hits? The course will take you through some lessons learned from county managers who successfully the Great Recession, and strategies you can look to employ as we prepare for the next economic contraction.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Michael Pagano, Director, Government Finance Research Center, University of Illinois At Chicago, IL


What Drives You Nuts?

Monday, October 21 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


This presentation is a humorous look at some examples of practices and experiences that I have observed over the years. Despite the gravitas of our profession, we should be able to laugh, too. Part stand-up, part serious, these vignettes touch on aspects of leadership, political acumen and common sense that may make a difference in your management style.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Duncan Campbell, Baie-D'Urfé, QC, CANADA



Personal
How to Be Family Friendly in the Workplace

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


Jurisdictions that have successfully implemented paid parental leave, on-site childcare, lactation rooms, and other benefits/amenities for parents will present how they were successful, any obstacles, how funded. 3

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Ashley Jacobs, County Administrator, County of Beaufort, Beaufort, SC
Speaker: Edward Shikada, City Manager, City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
Moderator: Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager, City of El Cerrito, El Cerrito, CA


Personal Strategic Planning

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


Many of us have engaged in strategic planning for our local government organizations, but do we have a strategy for where we are going in life? Learn how a personal vision, mission and stated values can help you make better decisions, be more productive and lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Jay Kimble, County Administrative Officer, County of Mariposa, Mariposa, CA



Sustainability
Calculating the Value of Parks: An Innovative Approach

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


One of the signatures of a vibrant, healthy community is a thriving parks and recreation system. Hear the story of Florida Recreation & Park Association’s work to a comprehensive tool for valuing the economic and health impacts of local parks and recreation assets.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Felicia Donnelly, Assistant City Manager , City of Oldsmar, Oldsmar, FL
Speaker: Evan Eleff, Executive Vice President, The Sports Facilities Advisory|The Sports Facilities Management, Clearwater, FL


Environmental Restoration, Ecosystems Services, and Community Revitalization

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Nature-based amenities are key contributors to community resilience and sense of place. Learn more about how communities around the Great Lakes have been able to measure the value of environmental restoration in a way that helped managers to optimize investments for social and economic good.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Andrew Geller, Deputy National Program Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Washington, DC
Speaker: Anne Neale, EnviroAtlas Project Lead , U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Research Triangle Park, NC
Speaker: Christina Pastoria, Economic Analyst , Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, Lansing, MI


Integrating Hazard Mitigation Plans with Water Quality and Nature-Based Approaches

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Integrating proactive nature-based solutions into water resource management and hazard mitigation plans empowers communities to balance competing priorities and limited resources to reduce risk associated with increased urban development and the growing threat of natural disasters. Hear how The City of Denton, TX, has collaborated with EPA and FEMA to achieve the co-benefits of hazard mitigation and water quality planning in the rapidly developing Denton County and Lewisville Lake Watershed.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: David Hunter, Watershed Protection Manager, City of Denton, Denton, TX
Speaker: David Reazin, Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 6PD-O, Dallas, TX