2020 MMA Virtual Convention

  

The 2020 MMA Virtual Convention - Preliminary Agenda

84th Anniversary Year
October 7–15, 2020


Wednesday October 7, 2020

9:00 – 10:45 a.m. WELCOME AND FEATURED SPEAKER

Lessons from Away: Planning, COVID and One Cape Cod
Kristy Senatori is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, where she leads a process of implementing innovative economic development, as well as planning and land-use policies that span municipal borders. She will speak about the “One Cape Cod” program, which includes how that region is dealing with COVID-19. A law school graduate, Kristy worked in the private sector for years before joining the Cape Cod Commission in 2008.
Presenter: Kristy Senatori, Executive Director, Cape Cod Commission
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.


10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MMA Annual Business Meeting
Please join us as MMA President Christine Landes, Vice President James Gardner, Jr. and Executive Director Stephen Gove shed light on MMA’s upcoming priorities and the unprecedented topics that arose in 2020.
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership.


12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Break


12:30 – 1:45 p.m. MMA Addresses and Awards
During this period, President Landes and Vice President Gardner offer their views of MMA and municipal government in Maine. Also, the recipient of the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award – MMA’s most prestigious, annual member award – is recognized.


1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Break


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 2020-21 Legislative Update & Preview
COVID-19’s impact on town meetings and elections. Marijuana revenues. Abandoned roads. Solar power. The 2020 legislative session featured many high-impact municipal issues, and 2021 promises to do the same, with a special focus on municipal funding. Please “tune in” as MMA’s State & Federal Relations staff provides an important status report on Maine’s top legislative issues.
Presented & Moderated by: Kate Dufour, Director State & Federal Relations, MMA
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Elected Relations.


3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break


3:15 – 4:30 p.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER

From Conflict to Conversation
The ideal of local government is its capacity to enable individuals to join together in recognizing and solving shared community problems. So, Maine, how are we doing? In this candid conversation, we’ll explore how cities and towns strengthen their ability to address even their most complex and sensitive issues in ways that are welcoming, respectful, collaborative, and purposeful. In the face of current crises that are stressing every facet of local government, there’s never been a more important time to assert that disagreement need not be disagreeable.
Presenter: Matt Lehrman, Social Prosperity Partners, Scottsdale, Arizona
Certification: Valid for 1.50 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.

 

Thursday October 8, 2020

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. FEATURED SPEAKER

The Birth of a Great State
Let’s not overlook the amazing fact that this is Maine’s Bicentennial year! Dr. Liam Riordan, a professor at the University of Maine in Orono who specializes in early American history, will help you understand the political events and undercurrents in the United States before and during 1820, which led to the birth of our great state.
Presenter: Dr. Liam Riordan, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Maine
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.

 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Local Roads: Best Practices
It happens every year. We at MMA receive feedback, especially from midsized and smaller communities, that elected and appointed officials want to know more about building, maintaining and clearing local roads. This special, double session is designed to provide up-to-date guidance on local road issues, and answer attendees’ questions.
Presenters: Peter Coughlan, MaineDOT Local Roads Center; other presenters TBD
Certification: Valid for 1.0 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.

 

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Local Roads: Best Practices (continued)
Presenters: Peter Coughlan, MaineDOT Local Roads Center; others TBD
Certification: Valid for 1.0 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.


Friday October 9, 2020

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. The 2020 Election: A Big Event, Coming Soon!
Don’t miss Maine Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn’s important update on election plans, and safety and security procedures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a major Presidential election draws near.
Presenter: Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State, Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions, State of Maine
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Elected Relations and Leadership.


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Importance of Age Friendly Communities
Amid all the major surprises that 2020 provided, one thing remained constant: Maine is still the “oldest state” in the nation, a critical demographic unlikely to change anytime soon. This virtual workshop will highlight efforts by towns and cities to become more “age friendly,” show why doing so is important – and how it produces tangible, proven results.
Presenters: Jess Maurer, Executive Director, Maine Council on Aging; other presenters TBD
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership.

 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Understanding Implicit Bias
This session will introduce the concepts of implicit bias and the strategies to address it. Participants will learn what implicit bias means, how implicit bias impacts the way we interact and communicate with others, and how to implement strategies to mitigate implicit bias. You will leave the training with a better understanding of your own implicit bias and how it influences your life, and will be given actionable takeaways to utilize in your life and work.
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Human Resources and Leadership.

Presenters: Lindsay Gannon, Hart Consulting; Fowsia Musse, Maine Community Integration; Officer Samuel Quintana, Gardiner Police Department.

 

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Traditional Financing for Capital Projects
They are complicated, expensive, and highly necessary – and for many towns and cities, the most intimidating projects they will ever undertake. This workshop will give an overview of the traditional financing processes for big capital projects and bring attendees up to date on best practices.
Presenters: Danielle Ahern, SVP, Director Treasury & Payment Services, Bangor Savings Bank; Dan Pittman, Attorney, Eaton Peabody
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Legal and Finance/Budget.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Understanding Property Tax Assessment
Let’s get down to basics. The system of assessing local property taxes in Maine is important, yet complex. This workshop is designed to distill the process so that elected officials, managers and assessors from mid-sized and smaller communities emerge with a common understanding about the principles of tax assessing, property valuation, tax exemptions and the Maine Tree Growth law.
Presenter: William Van Tuinen, of William Van Tuinen Tax Assessment Service, Madison
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Finance/Budget.


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Community Risks of Inland & Coastal Flooding
This session will address the needs of both inland and coastal communities worried about flood risk from changing patterns of precipitation. By now, it’s well-documented that climate events and projected changes to precipitation patterns will have – and have had – significant municipal impacts. Listen to Maine’s leading experts talk about flooding risks to transportation infrastructure and the intersection of that risk with social vulnerability.
Presenters: Greg Stewart, Supervisory Hydrologist, New England Water Science Center, USGS; Ben Matthews, Watershed Restoration Specialist, The Nature Conservancy; Eileen Johnson, Environmental Studies Program Manager, Bowdoin College
Moderated by: Jeremy Bell, The Nature Conservancy
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Stream Smart Crossings and Modern Culverts
Another “nuts and bolts” issue for municipalities involves dealing with road culverts, of which Maine has tens of thousands. Maine Audubon, working with Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation and many other entities, developed its “Stream Smart” program to show local contractors and officials how to replace and build culverts the “smart” way.
Presenter: Sarah Haggerty, Conservation Biologist & GIS Manager, Maine Audubon
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Right to Know
Attorneys from MMA’s Legal Services Department offer Right to Know training that is required for both elected officials and municipally appointed Public Access Officers. Attendees will get certificates that they completed the course.
Presenters: Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director, Legal Services, MMA; Susanne Pilgrim, Director, Legal Services, MMA
Certification: Valid for 1.50 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Legal.

 

Affiliate Group Sponsored Sessions:
 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Deep Dive into General Assistance
Sponsored by Maine Welfare Directors’ Association (MWDA)
This interactive session will provide an overview of the General Assistance program required of all Maine municipalities. MWDA Board Members will lead discussions on eligibility, the application process and emergencies, among other topics.
Panelists: Rindy Fogler, Community Services Manager, City of Bangor; Ellen Moore, Interim Town Manager, Town of Milo; Denise Murray, Health & Welfare Director, City of Waterville; Stacey Parra, Clerk, Town of Union; Katina Howes, GA Administrator, City of Ellsworth

 

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Municipal Manager/Administrator Networking & Roundtable Discussion
Sponsored by Maine Town, City and County Management Association (MTCMA)
Details, Topics and Moderators TBA.

 

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Lease/Purchase Financing for Essential Equipment
Financing options are more important than ever as municipalities face large capital replacement needs, while working with ever-tightening budgets. Lease-purchase financing can help, whether your city or town is considering LED lighting conversion, energy upgrades, vehicle purchases or technology and security improvements.
Presenter: Renee Piche, Power of Leasing; other presenters TBD
Certification: Valid for 1.5 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FEATURED SPEAKER

A Conversation with DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew
What a “welcome home.” Jeanne Lambrew, who grew up in Cape Elizabeth and became commissioner of the state’s sprawling Department of Health & Human Services in 2019, was thrown into the deep end of the coronavirus pool one year later. Zoom into this session for 90 minutes as she updates municipal leaders about Maine’s effort to combat COVID-19, the Keep ME Healthy program, local General Assistance, her deep experience in Washington, D.C. – and more. And have your questions ready.
Certification: Valid for 1.50 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership. 





 

 

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