2017 Convention: Session B Workshop Descriptions
Learn what your colleagues can share about navigating the challenges of working in local government, with hot topics ranging from business retention in your community, the opioid epidemic, officer involved shootings, ADA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation, different generations in the workplace, social media and electronic communication, economic development, internal controls, prescription drug trends, collective bargaining, crisis communications, and much, much more.
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B1 FOIA - Social Media and Electronic Communications: Are You Aware of the Requirements?
Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) details requirements for notice and access to public meetings, recordkeeping, and requests for information. It applies to all local government agencies, departments, institutions, boards, commissions, and authorities and their committees, but a Freedom of Information Commission report concluded that the FOIA is widely misunderstood. In this session, Tom Hennick from the FOIA Commission and Henry Zaccardi from Shipman and Goodwin will address the changing landscape of municipal communication and documentation from paper to electronic and discuss how these requirements relate to electronic communication and social media. They will also touch on problems and concerns with FOIA as it relates to social media, and electronic communications as well as what electronic communications must be disclosed under FOIA and what is exempt & excluded.
B2 Economic Development: Check Yourself - Co-sponsored by Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
How is your town doing on economic development? It is all about business retention, expansion and attraction while maintaining the character of your community and balancing those priorities for a stellar local economy. Taking the six themes of our patented self-assessment tool for towns, Courtney Hendricson will outline the type of activities your municipality can do for “knock their socks off” economic development that is consistent with the future of your community. You will learn what needs to be done, who should be doing it and how to do it — with staff or volunteers. Attend this session to learn how to balance those priorities and grow your commercial grand list — increasing your local tax base (without a tax hike!) and expanding valued business offerings for your residents.
B3 Public Safety Hiring - A Review of Best Practices - Co-sponsored by Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management (CIRMA)
The hiring process in law enforcement and emergency services can be a lengthy and complex process that is often conducted by the department itself. If any one step is not performed correctly, departments may face liability claims ranging from ethical and conflict of interest charges to discrimination complaints. CIRMA and its Public Safety Hiring Task Force has partnered with Attorney Mike Rose and the attorneys at FordHarrison, LLP to develop risk management best practices specifically for emergency services organizations. This CIRMA training provides fire, law, and other public safety leaders expert guidance on several aspects of the hiring process.
B4 Internal Controls, Fraud Prevention, and Organizational Improvement
Internal control systems can do more than prevent fraud — they also can improve an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. As taxpayers and budget making authorities continue to demand that we “do more with less,” internal controls can be viewed as a positive, rather than a negative. This presentation will cover the components of a basic internal control system, focusing on the key concept of segregation of duties, and will include specific recommendations for smaller towns where segregation of duties may be challenging.
B5 Hot Topics in Municipal Law - Co-sponsored by 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 sanctuary cities, immigration issues, and law enforcement issues.
B6 Federal Regional Administrators’ Panel
This session will provide participants with a unique opportunity to hear from regional administrators from key federal agencies. Attendees will learn about current and future federal initiatives to help municipalities create sustainable communities — communities that utilize federal housing, transportation, community development, and other infrastructure investments to make towns and cities more appealing to residents, businesses, and visitors. There will be ample time for questions and discussion with these high-level federal officials regarding state and local issues of concern. Let your voice be heard!
B7 Prescription Drug Trends - Co-sponsored by ConnectiCare, Inc.
This workshop will provide participants with a review of prescription drug trends. It will provide insight as to what factors cause increases in drug prices and what towns can do to contain costs associated with healthcare. Information provided in the workshop will also give participants insight as to how new techniques such as custom-made drug mixes and the future of prescription drugs will impact towns and cities.