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2018 Municipal Technology Conference - Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast/Visit with Partners

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Welcome - Stephen W. Gove, Executive Director, Maine Municipal Association

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Address – Protect Thyself: Assessing Cyber Threats and Preventing Fraud
There’s no need to list the names. Besides, there are too many of them. We’ve all read how some of the nation’s largest businesses and government agencies were hit with online data breaches and potential fraud on a massive scale. Andrew Grover, Chief Risk Officer and Senior Vice President for Bangor Savings Bank, is our keynote speaker. An expert on this topic, Mr. Grover, a trained accountant who has been with Bangor Savings for eight years, is president of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He previously worked as an audit manager for Macdonald, Page & Co., one of the state’s largest public accounting firms. Come hear this valuable address as Mr. Grover updates 2018 attendees on the many threats that exist and what cities and towns can do about them.
MTCMA Certification – .75 points Leadership, Ethics and Legal categories

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Morning Break/Visit with Partners

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Workplace Technology: Keeping it Appropriate
Employees these days don’t just use employer-supplied computers and telephones at work – they bring their own as well. Use of personal technology can hurt productivity and sometimes it’s inappropriate, carrying serious legal consequences for both employees and employers. This timely session examines the legalities of restricting technology use in the office, at a worksite and among co-workers.
Presenters: Natalie Burns and Mark A. Bower, Attorneys, Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Legal and Human Resources categories

How to Save Money and Conserve Energy with LED Street Lights
Municipalities now have options for how they manage, maintain and pay for street lights. Learn more about these options and how some decisions can lead to saving money, reducing energy consumption, technologically advanced control systems, and using street lights as a platform for other technology and communications.
Presenter: Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Town of Falmouth
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Finance/Budget categories


MEGUG Session TBD


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Morning Break/Visit with Partners


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Back to Basics: Setting Up Your Municipal Office Suite
Is it time to upgrade your office systems? Let CMC Technology Group introduce you to new advances in technology for your municipal office, including telecommunication tools, IT support, hardware and software. This session will also provide an overview and the benefits of the NJPA Procurement Process.
Presenters: Carl Best and Bruce Kane, Account Managers, CMC Technology Group
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category

Energy Competence: Your Municipality’s Most Important Skill
It is impossible to overestimate the impact that the energy choices for powering your town or city will have on the future of our economy, our society, and our planet. In this panel session, we will talk about the key questions you need to ask and answer to navigate the energy world and make your community economically competitive, agile, and sustainable.
Presenters: Barry Tibbetts, MBA, Vice President of Hydrogen Cities, Joi Scientific, Retired Town Manager; Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Town of Falmouth; Others TBD
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Finance/Budget categories


MEGUG Session TBD



12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Buffet Luncheon

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Address

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Afternoon Break/Visit with Partners


1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Unmanned Aircraft Programs and Potential Municipal Uses
Representatives from UMA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program will introduce you to the UAS program in the U.S. and specifically at the University of Maine at Augusta, the process for pilot certification and the types of drone operations you can expect in your municipality. The session will close with an aerial drone demonstration.
Presenters: Dr. Thomas Abbott, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Manager, Greg Jolda, Aviation Program Coordinator and Dan Leclair, Director UAS Education and Research, University of Maine at Augusta
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership category

FirstNetME: Broadband Support for First Responders
Come learn about and offer your thoughts on FirstNet, the nation’s first dedicated, high-speed wireless broadband network devoted to emergency responders. Implementation is underway and outreach continues in Maine. The FirstNetME project team is anxious to acquaint municipal officials with the planned coverage and service for the state.
Presenter: David Maxwell, Program Director, FirstNetME
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership category


MEGUG Session TBD

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break/Visit with Partners


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  Concurrent Sessions

Legal Considerations Regarding the Regulation of Aerial Drones
This workshop considers the legal regulation of aerial drones. Drones – small and remotely piloted aircrafts – provide challenges and opportunities for local governments. As commercial and residential drones increasingly fill the skies, the occurrence of municipal regulation is on the rise. This session will provide insight into the federal rules relating to drone operation. It will also consider the areas in which the Federal Aviation Administration considers local regulation of drones appropriate, including public safety, privacy, nuisance, trespass and land use. As drone technology evolves, municipal officials in communities small and large must begin to think about developing regulations for drone use.
Presenter: Amanda Meader, Ellis & Meader, Attorneys at Law
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Legal category

UPDATE: The State of Municipal Broadband
Come hear “new” ConnectME Authority Director Heather Johnson update attendees on the current condition of municipal and community broadband in Maine – where it was, where it is and where she thinks local broadband is heading. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn about broadband resources and seek advice.
Presenter: Heather Johnson, Director, ConnectME Authority


MEGUG Session TBD 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Maine GIS User Group Board Meeting

Overnight Rooms:

An overnight room block has been set up at the Best Western Plus Augusta Civic Center Inn for $72.00/night plus tax on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Room block is available until April 12, 2018 (release date). Reference “Municipal Technology Conference”  and call (207) 622-4751 for reservations.

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2018 Partners

  • Town Hall Streams
  • Connection Public Sector Solutions
  • Blue Marble Geographics
  • Applied Geographics, Inc.
  • Woolpert


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