2019 Convention: Session A Workshop Descriptions
Learn what your colleagues can share about navigating the challenges of working in local government, with hot topics ranging from influencing policy, planning, drones, problem employees, notable claims, municipal retirement plans, an economic outlook, and fundamentals of municipal government.
These sessions run from 9:45 am to 10:45 am.
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A1 Connecticut's Economic Outlook
Get the highlights of how global and national trends are affecting Connecticut’s economy and real estate markets, and how uncertainty has implications for business and resident investments and confidence.
A2 The Ever-Changing Municipal Retirement Plan
This panel presentation will discuss defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans. Trends taking place in the municipal area and how municipalities can effectively manage the ever changing landscape. Topics will include:
- Connecticut Municipal Employees Retirement System (CMERS)
- Why and when it may make sense to change retirement plans.
- How to effectively manage employees expectations during a change and effective communication techniques.
A3 Lessons Learned from Notable Claims - Co-sponsored by Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Ageny (CIRMA)
This seminar provides municipal leaders a look at a number of recent claims, how they were caused, how they escalated, and ways that similar losses could be prevented or mitigated. This seminar provides municipal leaders a look at a number of recent claims, how they were caused, how they escalated, and ways that similar losses could be prevented or mitigated. The presenter will discuss actions made by officials in this dynamic legal environment that have led to civil actions, reputation risk, and increased insurance costs.
A4 Managing Problem Employees - Co-sponsored by Berchem Moses PC
Presentation concerning best practices in dealing with Union and non-Union personnel when performance and other workplace issues arise.
A5 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone Aircraft)
Drone aircraft, or Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), are increasing in use and popularity. This presentation will review practical applications of using this technology to support and enhance municipal operations.
A6 Municipal Planning for Affordable Housing - Co-sponsored by Murtha Cullina LLP
In this program we will provide an overview of the Affordable Housing Act and the legal requirements mandating municipal planning for affordable housing. We will also provide suggestions on how to create an effective affordable housing plan for your community.
A7 Influencing State Policy
Maximizing your ability to use your knowledge of local government to influence public policy. Between decreased funding, increased mandates, and the state facing an uncertain financial future, now more than ever, it is important for you as a local leader to participate in the legislative and regulatory processes and influence public policy.
This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn from key legislative leaders from both parties and the Executive Branch on how to best use your position as local leaders to ensure sound policies are enacted by the State Legislature. These leaders will help you understand the current state legislative landscape, identify policy trends and priorities, and provide strategies and recommendations for better engagement and communications with state legislators and the Executive Branch.
Speaking from their experiences they will provide you with an insider’s perspective on how legislation is developed, the ebb and flow of the legislative process and how you can be the most effective in shaping and passing legislation while avoiding common mistakes that can derail the most well intentioned bills.
A8 The Fundamentals of Municipal Government
Municipal government is a complex system of various professionals in different fields working together to create a better community for their residents. This session will cover the ins and outs of what it is like to work and serve in municipal government. Success stories and common challenges will be shared.