Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor
Time: Registration - 8:00-8:30 a.m. Program - 8:30-4:00 p.m.
Cost: Members:(pre-registration by March 6) $75.00 | Non-Members: $150 | Members:(late registration after March 6) $90 Non-Members (lateregistrationafter March 6) $150
Instructors: Varied - see brochure
A Municipal Roadmap: Navigating Financing Tools & Media Relations
7:45-8:15AM: REGISTRATION, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & NETWORKING (VISIT WITH SPONSORS)
Andrew Hart, MTCMA President & County Administrator, Knox County; Rhonda Irish, MTCMA Professional Development
Co-Chair & Manager, Town of Wilton
8:20-9:00am: FEATURED SPEAKER – Communications Crossroads: Understanding and Engaging the Media
News Center Maine’s veteran political reporter, Don Carrigan, joins us for a discussion on positive media relations.
Don will provide insight into media engagement, press release preparation and take a look at how media coverage
has evolved over time.
Don is a native of South Bristol and has had a storied career as a reporter, anchor, photographer, debate moderator,
news director and producer. He also spent three years working with U.S. Senator Bill Cohen. Don is now the State
House bureau chief, covering political campaigns and other issues.
Presenter: Don Carrigan, Political Reporter, News Center Maine WCSH6
(MTCMA Certification: .75 credits Leadership and Elected Relations categories)
9:00-10:15am: Financing Tools: Lease Purchases & Municipal Bonds
Financing capital expenditures is a challenge many municipalities face. Grants are difficult to rely on and financing a
large project directly through a tax increase is often met with resistance. Two financing options are Issuance of Bonds
or Lease Purchase Financing. Androscoggin Bank’s John Simko will identify the differences and explain the processes
for the two options and Attorney Alyssa Tibbetts will explain the legal considerations for the two tools. Cape Elizabeth’s
Matthew Sturgis will describe resident and Council engagement in the lease-purchase or bond financing process.
Presenters: John Simko, VP Government Finance, Androscoggin Bank; Alyssa Tibbetts, Attorney, Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry;
Matthew Sturgis, Manager, Town of Cape Elizabeth
(MTCMA Certification: 1.25 credits Finance/Budget category)
10:15-10:30AM: MORNING BREAK & NETWORKING (VISIT WITH SPONSORS)
10:30-11:45am: Developing Internal Control Policies
With nearly 30 years of experience conducting audits, Ron Smith has seen it all and can provide guidance on how to
combat financial mismanagement. You will also hear from Jerre Bryant, who has been Westbrook’s Administrator
since 2002. Jerre will speak on Westbrook’s unfortunate experience in 2016 which led to their implementation of more
rigorous control policies.
Presenters: Ron Smith, Managing Partner, RHR Smith& Company, CPA’s; Jerre Bryant, City Administrator, City of Westbrook
(MTCMA Certification: 1.25 credits Finance/Budget and Leadership categories)
12:30-2:00pm: Navigating TIFs & CEAs
Tax Increment Financing is one of the few local public finance tools authorized under state law and available to municipalities and plantations to promote economic development. Shana Cook Mueller from Bernstein Shur will cover the
basics of TIFs and Credit Enhancement Agreements (CEA’s), and the legal components of implementing a TIF District.
Michelle M. Flewelling of Fairfield and David Cyr of Mars Hill will discuss their recent involvement in the creation,
amendments and regulation of TIF Districts and CEAs, and municipal voters’ reactions to TIFs.
Presenters: Shana Cook Mueller, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur; David Cyr, Manager, Town of Mars Hill;
Michelle Flewelling, Manager, Town of Fairfield
(MTCMA Certification: 1.5 credits Finance/Budget and Legal categories)
2:00-3:30pm: A Roadmap to Employee Benefits
Learn to navigate the complex world of employee benefits from the experts. Tracey Gould and Ann Willette from MMA
Risk Management, Anne Wright from MMEHT and Susan Dublin of Group Dynamic, a third-party benefit administrator,
will walk you through the options for municipal employers and their employees.
Presenters: Tracey Gould and Ann Willette, MMA Risk Management Services; Anne Wright, Director, Maine Municipal Employees
Health Trust; Susan Dublin, Vice President Strategic Alliances & Product Development, Group Dynamic
(MTCMA Certification: 1.5 credits Finance/Budget and Human Resources categories)
3:30-3:45PM: WRAP UP/DRAWINGS