2018 Convention: Session B Workshop Descriptions
Learn what your colleagues can share about municipal shared services, cybersecurity, long term recovery, avoiding a trash crisis, binding interest arbitration, federal financing for infrastructure projects, sober living homes, and much, much more.
These sessions run from 1:15 to 2:15 pm.
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B1 So, You Want to Finance a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Project? - Co-sponsored by Tighe & Bond
The session will be help towns and cities understand how current Federal Transportation programs may be able to provide financing for Transit-Oriented Development projects. The session will focus on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and Railroad Rehabillitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) in order to provide program background, project eligibility, process details, and program track record.
B2 Hot Topics in Municipal Law - Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys (CAMA)
Discover directly from municipal law experts about key legal issues faced today by municipalities, as well as potential challenges in the future. This workshop will provide an update on a variety of municipal issues, including regulating sober living homes, the challenges faced in implementing the ADA & the FHA, and the opioid epidemic.
B3 Understanding Binding Interest Arbitration: When to Use Binding Arbitration and How to Present Your Case - Co-sponsored by ConnPELRA and Kainen, Escalera & McHale, P.C.
This workshop will address types of cases and the issues in dispute in negotiations that are appropriate for resolution through binding interest arbitration. It will also address best practices for presenting your case in interest arbitration to provide your public agency with the best opportunity for success.
B4 Understanding and Managing Sexual Harassment & Misconduct: Part Two -Investigative Process and Managing Public Records - Co-sponsored by Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA)
Claims and litigation involving sexual harassment continues to show no sign of slowing and have become a leading loss driver in the municipal liability claims arena. Although training of employees and supervisors is important, defining harassment doesn’t always prevent harassment. In order to truly address sexual harassment in your workplace, there needs to be a comprehensive approach. The second session of this program will focus on Employer Liability: Civil and Administrative Proceedings. Topics that will be discussed include legal standards and actionable misconduct, discrimination, administrative proceedings (CHRO, EEOC) and distinguishing between liabilities of person vs. liability of employer.
B5 The Roads are Cleared – What’s Next? Planning for Disasters That Require Long Term Recovery - Co-sponsored by Connecticut Insurance Department
In the past seven years, Connecticut has experienced a number of damaging weather events. Practically no community has been untouched. In the hours and days after an event, emergency responders, road and utility crews and others immediately jump into action to get municipalities on line. However, how will this response and recovery be handled for an event that requires your municipality to enter into a recovery phase that will last months, possibly years? The best time to prepare to answer that question is now. Long term Recovery (LTR) planning is important well before a disaster hits. This workshop will help local officials differentiate between immediate recovery and long term recovery, who should be part of your municipal team to prepare for a long term recovery, and what type of planning is necessary to identify municipal risks and exposures.
B6 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Local Governments and Resources to Assist in Implementation- Co-sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen and MS-ISAC
In this session, we will discuss statistics, current trends, and examples regarding the impact of cybersecurity/ransomware. We will explore some basic cybersecurity best practices for local governments to consider and pair these recommendations with services that can assist with implementing those best practices. There are many assets and resources out there available to local governments and sometimes the biggest battle is knowing where to look for them and where to start!
B7 Shared Services: What's Working, What's Not and Why - Co-sponsored by BlumShapiro
This session highlights the opportunities and areas for shared services operations within and between a municipality/school district including Finance, HR, IT, Custodians, and Maintenance. Attendees will gain valuable information on the benefits and efficiencies gained through the shared services model and how to work around constraints in town charters.