GENERAL SESSIONS/EVENTS

(from Maine Townsman, August 2005)

Wednesday, October 5

 8:30 Registration Begins

 9:00 Exhibits Open

 9:30 Welcoming Remarks

10:00 The Global Community

Sister Cities International represents more than 2300 communities in 127 countries. A goal of the organization is to create and strengthen partnerships between U.S. communities and similar juridictions abroad. A former city manager in the City of Portland, Maine, now heads up Sister Cities and will speak to convention attendees at this opening session.

Tim Honey, Executive Director, Sister Cities International

11:00 MMA Annual Business Meeting

11:30 – 1:00  MMA Luncheon

Can new high tech and manufacturing jobs be created in small towns? The CEO of a growing industrial development company in the midwest believes they can be created and has written a book that constructs a case for business development in small town America.

Guest Speaker: Jack Schultz, author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns”

 1:00 GENERAL SESSIONS (concurrent)

• Internal Controls and Cash Handling (cosponsored by MTCCA, MMTCTA, MGFOA)

Heather Hunter, Deputy Finance Director, City of Lewiston

• Making Your Community Safe/Homeland Security Update (cosponsored by MFCA, MCAPWA, MWDA)

Bruce Fitzgerald, Maine Emergency Management Agency

Other Speakers TBD

 3:00 GENERAL SESSIONS (concurrent)

• Violence in the Workplace (cosponsored by MTCCA, MMTCTA, MGFOA, MWDA)

A reality that confronts employers and employees today is the potential of violence in the workplace. This session will address some warning signs for situations that could turn violent and will provide guidance on how to prepare for and hopefully prevent such events from happening.

James Daniels, University of Southern Maine

Tom Joyce, So. Maine Community College

• Performance Evaluations/Effective Meetings (cosponsored by MTCMA, MFCA)

Performance evaluations should be an integral part of any municipality's HR program. Elected officials, managers, department heads and other supervisors need to know how to make wise use of this HR tool so as to improve the effectiveness of local government service delivery. This session will also give guidance on how to make the seemingly endless number of meetings local officials attend more productive.

David Barrett, Manager of Personnel Services and Labor Relations, MMA

Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director of Legal Services, MMA

Barry Timson, Mayor, City of Hallowell

4:30 – 6:00  Welcoming Reception

Thursday, October 6

 8:00 Registration/Exhibit Area Opens

10:00 GENERAL SESSIONS (concurrent)

• Municipal Roads Workshop (cosponsored by MCAPWA)

This session is a condensed version of MMA's daylong training session on municipal roads. Session leaders will begin with a background on municipal roads, including types of roads and creating/terminating public road rights. The middle part of the session deals with municipal duties and responsibilities for roads and then the final segment deals with municipal liability.

Peter Coughlan, Director, Maine Local Road Center

James Katsiaficas, attorney with Perkins, Thompson, Hinckley & Keddy former MMA Senior Staff Attorney

• Develog, competitive bidding, and fund balances. This session will provide information on financial policies ping Sound Financial Policies (cosponsored by MTCMA, MGFOA, MMTCTA)

When it comes to muncipal finance there are some basic policies that every community should have, including ones for investments, cash handling, purchasing with sample policies contained on a CD that will be distributed at the session.

11:30 – 1:00  Affiliate Group Luncheons

 1:00 Persuading & Influencing Through Leadership (cosponsored by MFCA, MMTCTA, MTCCA, MWDA)

Mary Ellen Dorsett, CEO, Organizational Dimensions, Inc.

 2:00 GENERAL SESSIONS (concurrent)

• LD 1 and Municipal Spending Limits (cosponsored by MTCMA, MAAO)

The municipal spending limitation system established under LD 1 applied in 2005 to all fiscal year (July-June) communities and will be applicable to the remaining municipalities in 2006. This session will provide guidance to those municipal officials who have yet to do a municipal spending limit calculation and seek feedback from officials that have already gone through the process as to how it worked and what needs to be fixed.

Geoff Herman, Director of State & Federal Relations, MMA

• Impact of Base Closures (cosponsored by MCDA)

Shockwaves rippled throughout Maine this summer when the Department of Defense recommended that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery be closed, that there should be a major realignment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station, and that the Defense Financial Accounting Services Office at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone be shutdown. Since that time, Maine federal, state and local leaders have been working diligently to influence the final recommendations of the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). This session will focus on how municipal officials are dealing with the potential impact of base closures.

 2:00 Exhibit Area Closes

4:30 – 6:00  Banquet Reception

6:00 – 8:00  MMA Banquet

Friday, October 7

 8:00 The State-Local Education Partnership (breakfast)

Susan Gendron, Commissioner, Maine Dept. of Education

 9:00 EPS: The New School Funding Model

For the first time, this year's school budgets were adopted under a new school funding model called Essential Programs & Services (EPS). This school funding model which has been in the works since the late 1990s was embodied in LD 1924, enacted during the 2004 legislative session, and then amended and integrated as part of the LD 1 tax reform package, enacted in the 2005 legislative session. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding of how EPS and LD 1 affects local school budget adoption. This three-hour program will give an overview of EPS, will provide tools to municipal officials to better equip them in their desire to understand and influence the school budget process, and will explore in a practical way the long-term strategies that school and local officials need to consider when looking at the future of K-12 education costs.

12:00 Adjourn