Technology & New Energy Conference

2020 Municipal Technology & New Energy Conference - Agenda

April 28, 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

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

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

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

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; TBD, Information Security Officer, 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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE: Sessions sponsored by the Maine GIS User Group will be announced at a later date. Check back here for updates.

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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.

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