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2021 Convention

November 30, 2021


Tuesday, November 30, 2021


7:30 AM - 11:55 PM

Early Bird Discount Deadline

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Mohegan Sun

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Each fall, more than 1,000 attendees, including local government leaders from across the state and companies providing the best in products and services to towns and cities, gather together for two days of informative workshops, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities.

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Member Registration
Non-Member Registration
Hotel Room Rate (plus taxes & fees)


Tuesday - November 30
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
  Exhibit Hall
2021 CCM Annual Convention Exhibit Hall, Breakfast & Break Stations
10:15 am - 11:15 am
  Workshop Session A1: Risk Management for Municipal Officials
This session will provide an overview of the multitude of risks faced by Connecticut's municipalities and school districts. Additionally, presenters will discuss the best practices to implement risk management as a core function to continue to achieve the municipalities mission and work towards its vision.
  Workshop Session A2: Weathering the Storm, An Economic Forecast and Development Opportunities for Municipalities post COVID.
Commissioner David Lehman and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will provide municipal leaders with a state economic development forecast state. Additionally, Commissioner Lehman will discuss current and potential programs within DECD such as the newly enacted Data Center program, brownfield remediation and redevelopment programs and other economic development and marketing opportunities may assist towns and cities meet their economic development goals.
  Workshop Session A3: PFAS - The Hidden Expense
This presentation will be a follow-up to the 3-part PFAS Webinar Series presented in the Spring of 2020 and will discuss ways that municipalities may have to deal with PFAS investigations and remediation costs. The presentation will provide 1) an update on CTDEEP current and proposed PFAS actions, and 2) a case study that discussed the impacts to a municipality that used firefighting foams, including investigation techniques and developing cost assessments using traditional and alternative remedial technologies.
  Workshop Session A4: CT Trail Finder: Engaging Trails & Greenspaces for Economic Development & Public Health
The State of Connecticut has a vast number of open space and outdoor recreational opportunities, many of which were heavily used and explored during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will explore how communities can make the most of trails and green spaces to promote public health and economic development. The session will include an overview of tools for greenspace promotion including the Connecticut Trail Finder, a free, interactive mapping website designed to help Connecticut residents and visitors explore trail and outdoor recreation opportunities, trailside services, and events as well as information for trail and land managers on how you can add trail systems to the tool. The session will also include discussion of greenspace disparities, impacts of increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways to engage new users. The Connecticut Trail Finder is funded through generous support from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation.
  Workshop Session A5: Helping Communities Face Conflict and Respond to Hate
The Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the Department of Justice (DOJ), serves as “America’s Peacemaker” for communities facing conflict based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. CRS works toward its mission by providing facilitated dialogue, mediation, training, and consultation to assist these communities to come together, develop solutions to the conflict, and enhance their capacity to independently prevent and resolve future conflict. All CRS services are confidential and provided on a voluntary basis, free of charge to the communities.
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  Awards Luncheon
Sustainable CT & CCMO Awards Lunch
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
  Workshop Session B1: Risks Of Not Promoting Fair & Equitable Workplace
This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the employment practices, and reputational risks of not supporting and promoting a fair and equitable workplace. It will discuss the symptoms of employment culture and behaviors that lead to discrimination claims, Risk Management strategies to reduce these risks, and a review of current cases and legislation identification of best practices.
  Workshop Session B2: CAPSS Blueprint To Transform Connecticut’s Public Schools
The CAPSS Blueprint is an all-encompassing, equitable strategy for funding and improving public education in Connecticut, one which addresses the highest priority needs as expressed by the Superintendents of Schools. These recommendations are aimed at state funding, legislation and state and local action.
  Workshop Session B3: Social Services: Everything you Wanted to Know
Social Services at the local level is often misunderstood. Cities/Towns often provide this service to residents but don't understand what Social Services is and why it is important. This presentation will allow municipal staff to: -learn about what Social Services does -why all town departments should be interacting with Social Services -understand how all residents can be assisted; not just the poor -how revenue is generated by Social Services Also, this presentation will allow participants to ask questions. (Social Services can also be referred to as Human Services, Elderly Services, Community Services, etc. at the town level.)
  Workshop Session B4: Affordable Housing & Land Use Legislation
This session will provide an overview of the nuts and bolts of Public Act 21-29 and how it impacts municipal affordable housing and comprehensive zoning plans.
  Workshop Session B5: Making Our Communities Great Places To Live For All: Examples And Stories From CT Municipal Leaders
This workshop will showcase municipal leaders from Sustainable CT certified communities who will share stories about their town initiatives to build more inclusive, resilient, thriving communities. Municipal leaders will share best practices that will include examples from the broad range of Sustainable CT impact areas: inclusion and equity, local economies, land and natural resources, arts and culture, land use planning, mobility/transportation, clean energy, community engagement, materials management, health and wellness, affordable housing, and homelessness prevention. Presenters will use of engaging storytelling to engage, inspire, and promote peer learning.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  Workshop Session C1: CCM's ARP Advisory Service Committee Update
Connecticut towns and cities received approximately $2.55 billion statewide in funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The funds from the ARP will be allocated and utilized for the next 5 years to invest in short and long-term strategies to address public health, economic recovery and infrastructure projects. Members of CCM’s Advisory Service Committee will discuss projects that have been considered and guidance that to assist towns and cities make investments that will afford returns into the future.
  Workshop Session C2: Successfully Managing Short-Term Grants and Funds
This session will focus on how to successfully manage competitive grants and other short-term funding sources and how to avoid common pitfalls municipalities may encounter. With the pandemic and events of 2020, many federal and state funding programs emerged and municipalities were quickly charged with effectively allocating and managing an inflex of funds.
  Workshop Session C3: Cybersecurity: Preventing Costly Attacks to Your Municipality
Are you concerned about the IT security of your municipality? Many cities and towns across the region have experienced phishing scams, exposure to dark web threats, internal hacks, and attacks to steal critical information data about your citizens and operations. The average cost of ransomware payouts tripled last year, rising to $233,817. In this session, we will cover how you can know your exposure and strategies to secure your IT systems, including best practices used to help other municipalities prevent and thwart cyber-attacks.
  Workshop Session C4: Municipal Collective Bargaining After COVID-19
This presentation will review how municipal collective bargaining has changed and will continue to change after the pandemic. Bargaining topics such as work at home arrangements, use of sick time for pandemic-related absences, workplace accommodations and union demands for hazard pay will be reviewed. The advantages of bargaining in person and/or over Zoom will be discussed. How to respond to union requests for information related to PPP, ARP and Cares Act funding will be addressed. This presentation will also address the significance of new legislation in Connecticut, that takes effect on October 1, 2021, applicable to governmental employers regarding disclosure of employee information, union dues, and union access to facilities, systems and employees.
  Workshop Session C5: Connecticut’s Financial Outlook – Beyond the Headlines
Connecticut's pension obligations and high taxes are well covered headline news. Less clear - but no less important – is the state’s complete financial picture. How burdensome are the state’s obligations on Connecticut residents? On your city or town? Relative to other states? Join us to go beyond the headlines for a view into Connecticut's total financial standing, and how Connecticut stacks up against peers and the nation.
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Reception Sponsored by CIRMA
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  Awards Dinner
LoCool & MEA Awards Dinner
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
  Presidents Reception
CIRMA 40th Anniversary Reception with Bowling, Games and Open Bar
Wednesday - December 01
9:00 am - 11:00 am
  CANCELLED: Fireside Chat- Panel
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, this will no longer take place. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  CCM Legislative Committee Meeting
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  CCM Board Meeting
Meeting of CCM's Board of Directors


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