Technology & New Energy Conference

2020 Municipal Technology & New Energy Conference - Agenda

December 8, 2020 - Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

Sponsored by: Maine Municipal Association and the Maine GIS User Group
 

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 – The State of Broadband in Maine
The issue remains a high priority: The quality of broadband Internet service remains pivotal throughout the state, as Maine competes in the global economic development marketplace. So, how’s it going? How are Mainers being served in cities like Augusta, Bangor and Portland, but also in rural areas and on island communities? What new idea and projects are out there to serve as educational examples?
Presenter: Nick Battista, Senior Policy Officer, Island Institute and ConnectME Authority Board Member
MTCMA Certification – .75 points Leadership category
 

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

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

Why Your Town Should Consider Streaming Meetings
Attend and learn how technology can help provide one of the answers as towns and cities strive to improve citizen awareness of municipal meetings and issues, enhance government transparency and record and provide historic access to meetings and data.
Presenter: Eric Spenlinhauer, President, Town Hall Streams
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Elected Relations and Leadership categories


Making Solar Work in Your Municipality
As solar power advances and economies of scale trend downward, many small and midsized communities are looking into solar power as a way to generate electricity for municipal use, save taxpayer money and even make a few bucks.
Presenters: Danny Piper, Co-Owner, Sun Dog Solar; John Melrose, Selectman, Town of Vassalboro
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category
1 CMA/CAT re-certification credit through Maine Revenue Services


Considering Electric Vehicles
This workshop is aimed primarily at municipalities with city- and town-owned vehicles, including police and fire-rescue vehicles, but also fleet vehicles, buses and commercial vans. The marketplace for automobiles, trucks and vans is changing. Electric-powered vehicles have become economical to operate and environmentally friendly, at the same time.
Presenter: Cornelius Willingham, Manager, Electric Vehicle Fleet Business Development, Nissan North America
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category


GIS for Small Towns and Utilities: It's More Affordable Than You Think!
Never before has it been easier to get started with locational analytics. Bradford Folta will share projects he has gotten off the ground in less than three weeks and success stories where those customers saved money within the first month. Just because you’re small doesn't mean you're forgotten nor should you have to settle for second rate maps or data collection. Own your data and make it work for you!
Presenter: Bradford Folta, Honey Badger Analytics
1 CMA/CAT re-certification credit through Maine Revenue Services


Managing a Statewide Dataset of Dams, Levees, Impoundments, & Barriers (30-minute session)
Emergency managers, water quality biologists, engineers and fisheries staff, along with owners of dams and those impacted by water impoundments of all types, are all interested in a comprehensive database of Dams, Levees, Impoundments & Barriers for the State of Maine. At this time, no one group or agency has the platform, staff, or time to dedicate to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive dataset. Luckily, modern technologies and enterprise data systems can make managing a multi-manager dataset a reality, if agencies and organizations work together.  This workshop will showcase the establishment of a comprehensive DLI_B dataset for Maine, and discuss ways its future design and management could benefit statewide programs for all stakeholders.
Presenter: Vicki Schmidt, Firefighter, Town of Buckfield


One Storymap, Many Tools: Infrastructure Planning for Municipalities (30-minute session)
Multiple organizations and State Agencies have been working to create public decision support tools (many GIS based) to assist municipalities in making infrastructure planning decisions. However, these tools are hosted in different locations on the web, with different purposes. This session will explore the ArcGIS Storymap, developed by a working group from these various agencies and organizations, which can be used to collect and differentiate multiple tools related to culverts and stream crossings to guide municipalities to the information that is more useful and important to them.
Presenters: Judy C. Gates & Sarah E. Maloney, HNTB Corporation
 

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

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


TRIO Toolbox
Harris Local Government’s TRIO software suite is a popular package that many small to large municipalities and water and sewer districts in Maine rely upon. This session is designed to help TRIO users understand the tool better, know where to turn for help – and ask questions of the Harris experts themselves.
Presenter: Ben Clairmont, Technical & Product Consultant, TRIO/Harris Local Government
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category
1 CMA/CAT re-certification credit through Maine Revenue Services


The Smart City Concept
This presenter, an entrepreneurial leader who previously worked for Honeywell, has overseen projects in communities of all sizes. He will provide the most up to date information on automation controls, enterprise software, lighting controls – and how the “Smart City” concept can benefit your community.
Presenters: Mark Carter, Vice President, Smart Solutions, RealTerm Energy
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Finance/Budget categories


How to Perform an IT Audit (Why Your Town Should)
We all know we need technology to do even basic municipal work in 2020. But have you taken the time to inventory your municipality’s computer hardware and software? When was the last time you truly evaluated your communications platforms? Two of Maine’s leading experts will walk attendees through the “IT audit” process and help you prepare for the years ahead.
Presenters: Krystal Martin and Zachary Porter, Risk & Business Advisory Managers, Baker, Newman & Noyes
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category


Geolibrary Portal Review and Q&A
The Geolibrary board will gather feedback from users related to the GIS Data Portal.
Presenters: Patrick Cunningham and Jon Giles, Maine Geolibrary Board Members



12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Buffet Luncheon


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

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


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

Tightening Your Financial Security
Fraud schemes can fly under the radar until it is too late, resulting in costly remediation for the organizations affected. Data from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners shows that organizations lose approximately 5% of revenue due to fraud. This presentation will discuss fraud prevention from an organizational level down to individual employees, touching on risk assessment, internal control, and types of fraud, ending with a live demonstration of creating a realistic phishing email.
Presenters: Nicole Pellenz, SVP, Deposit Relationships, Machias Savings Bank; Jeremy Clough, Vice President, Machias Savings Bank
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category

 

LED Light Conversion: The Municipal Experience
Municipalities now have options for how they manage, maintain and pay for street lights. Hear from two larger municipalities that have converted to LED street lights, using two different companies, on their experiences and the options available to you, which could help you save money and reduce energy consumption.
Presenters: Brian Phinney, Chief Operating Officer/ Technology Director, City of Biddeford; Ralph St. Pierre, Assistant City Manager, City of Augusta
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category

 

Got a Drone - Now What? Mapping with your UAV (30-minute session)
The rapid emergence and proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones promises to have a profound impact on our lives and, for those of us in the mapping industry, this eye-in-the-sky technology is heralding a seminal shift in how we conduct our business. No longer constrained by the limited availability or expense of up-to-date geospatial datasets, our GIS projects stand to benefit from the on-demand data collection capabilities of this versatile new technology. In this presentation, we will explore several GIS-based workflows that take advantage of UAV-collected data for visualization and analysis.
Presenter: Mackenzie Mills, Blue Marble Geographics
1 CMA/CAT re-certification credit through Maine Revenue Services

 

Visibility: Understanding the Use and Limitations of Viewsheds and Photosimulations (30-minute session)
Understanding how to interpret the output of viewshed analysis and photosimulations is important as more and more projects use these tools to help visualize future development.Understanding some of what goes into producing these visualizations and how they are best used helps us all be better consumers of information.
Presenters: Judy Colby-George, Spatial Alternatives; Danielle Matkoskey, Terrence J. DeWan & Associates Landscape Architects & Planners

 

Modernizing Existing Workflows with GIS (30-minute session)
This presentation will focus on leveraging current technology to modernize traditional paper-based workflows for Municipalities. Topics will include benefits of cloud-based GIS, the basics of ArcGIS Online applications, and extending capabilities through automation.
Presenter: Kristen Kelly, Tighe & Bond


Solar Siting: Encouraging Thoughtfully Sited Renewable Energy Development (30-minute session)
Maine Audubon, along with several partners, has developed a variety of tools to help municipalities realize the benefits of solar development while avoiding and minimizing impacts to Maine’s most vulnerable natural resources. In addition to a model solar land use ordinance and low-impact best practice guidelines, Maine Audubon has created a mapping tool that brings together spatial information on electrical infrastructure, previously degraded sites, and natural resources to encourage thoughtfully sited solar projects across the state. We will share these tools and discuss solar siting strategy.
Presenter: Sara Haggerty, Maine Audubon

 

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

 

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

 

The Legal Aspects of Solar Power
This session will explore a variety of legal issues that municipalities may face when exploring the idea of municipal solar energy projects - from requests for proposals (RFPs) and power purchase agreements (PPAs) to land use issues and “solar ordinances.” Two leading municipal attorneys will lead you through a discussion of these and other topics.
Presenters: Mark Bower and Ben McCall, Attorneys, Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Legal category


Wind Power’s Pioneer
Oh, the lessons learned! The Town of Mars Hill became Maine’s “granddaddy of ‘em all” in 2006, when First Wind Holdings built 28 wind turbines in this Aroostook County town of 1,410 people – the first major wind project in our state. Come listen as the town manager who helped guide his community’s historic foray into wind energy updates the project and explains the finances behind wind power in Mars Hill, then and now.
Presenter: David Cyr, Town Manager, Town of Mars Hill
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget and Leadership categories
 

New Datums in 2022 (30-minute session)
In 2022, NGS will be replacing the US horizontal and vertical datums (NAD 83 and NAVD 88). This session will highlight the major changes and impacts to the geospatial community, including the concept of time dependent coordinates and activities to include new State Plane Coordinates.
Presenter: Dan Martin, NOAA


Using GIS to Rethink Electrical Grid Design (30-minute session)
With cities around the state of Maine committing to carbon-neutral goals by 2050, it has become crucial to create policies that consider economic, cultural, environmental, and electrical grid capacities in order to establish sustainable energy practices. As a result, GridSolar and Competitive Energy Services have developed a spatial and temporal GIS model of current and future energy consumption and production for each building on an hourly basis to analyze the effects these loads will have on the local and regional electrical grid as cities move towards their carbon-neutral goals.
Presenter: Anthony Viola, GridSolar
.5 CMA/CAT re-certification credits through Maine Revenue Services


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Maine GIS User Group Board Meeting

 

Municipal Technology & New Energy Conference

Certification

MTCMA (Maine Town, City and County Management Association) is offering points toward MTCMA certification for attending select sessions. See session descriptions for more information. Certificate of attendance or proof of registration and payment required.

MMTCTA (Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association) is offering 10 points for attending the full conference toward certification as treasurer. Certificate of attendance or proof of registration and payment required.

Maine Revenue Services is offering CMA/CAT re-certification credits for attending select sessions. See session descriptions for more information. Attendees must sign-in to receive credit.

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