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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 BREAKOUT SESSIONS



Technology Track


The Next BIG Thing: Disruptive Technology
Presented by Nijah Fudge, Alliance for Innovation

Are you Future Ready?

What might our cities and counties look like in 2036? Results from the recently completed research from the Alliance for Innovation on the “The Next Big Things” impacting local government will inform you of the four forces and trends that should be on your radar with a specific focus on technology trends. Just as water is the driving force of all life, access to technology is quickly becoming the driving force of our local, national and global landscape.

The Alliance for Innovation connects innovative and successful local governments in robust communities of practice and shares new research and resources. During this session you will learn from Nijah Fudge, West Regional Director at the Alliance for Innovation, how communities from across the country are addressing future technology trends around these key areas:
  • Planning, funding and deploying technology services to meet the existing and future needs of our communities
  • Educating our communities about the imperative to make technologies deployment and equitable access a priority
  • Changing the political landscape to address the industries and regulations standing in our way
About the Alliance for Innovation: The Alliance for Innovation is inspiring innovation to advance communities. As the premier resource for emerging practices in local government, we are building cultures of innovation and connecting thought leaders in the profession with the help of our partners International City/County Management Association and Arizona State University. We are accessible and valuable to all levels of an organization.

Sustainability Track


Grassroots & Grasstops: A Model for Improving Community Health
Presented by Erika Lewis-Huntley, City of Rancho Cucamonga, and Jeni Watanabe, City of Rancho Cucamonga

Healthy RC (HRC) is a community-led effort committed to long-term community health improvement through the development of plans, programs, policies and partnerships. Facilitated by the City Manager’s Office, the HRC collaborative consists of City departments and over 75 stakeholders with diverse expertise to address complex community health issues and explore strategies and opportunities to improve health and wellness

Governance Track

Becoming Financially Savvy in 59 Minutes
Presented by Matthew Hawkesworth, City of Pasadena

Recently, there have been local and national headlines about the pension crisis and the bankruptcy of local government agencies. You may not be sure where your City stands. Then it's time to learn how to read, understand, and ask the right questions regarding your agency’s standard financial report data. Or you may know your agency is on sound financial footing, but if you’re considering making a career move. How do you assess your new potential employer’s financial health?

In this break-out session, the key components of the annual budget, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) will be discussed. Come learn the key financial measures of an agency’s health and how to evaluate what they mean.

Professional Development Track

Learning Lounge: The Mentorship Experience
Presented by Louie Lacasella, City of Azusa and Maggie Le, City of Fountain Valley
Have you been in the field of municipal management with less than three years of experience? Are you a director, mid-manager, management analyst or a professional in the public sector with three or more years of experience? If you answered yes, the MMASC Mentorship Program is for you! Hear from colleagues that have gone through the Mentorship Program and how through the program, experienced professionals have the opportunity to give confidential guidance and support for professionals interested in or are entering the field of government administration.

Professional Development Track

Learning Lounge: How to Get the Most out of your Membership
Presented by James Haston, City of Laguna Hills

Make the most out of your MMASC membership! This informative session will discuss the benefits available to current members, areas of opportunity, and introduces ways to take your membership (and your career) to the next level. Not yet a member? Come anyway and learn what MMASC membership can do for you!

Professional Development Track


Career Resources: Resume Review

Are you looking for a new position? Or, maybe just to freshen up your resume and interviewing skills? Sign up to reserve a session for a resume review and talk with professionals and paraprofessionals who can help! Helpful experts are standing by to review your resume and get you ready for the next big interview.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 BREAKOUT SESSIONS



Governance Track

The Role of Nonprofits and the Public Sector - Innovative Partnership at Work
Presented by John Keisler, City of Long Beach; Angie Jean-Marie, Goldhirsh Foundation; Seyron Foo, Southern California Grantmakers

I need partners! Where do I start? Public foundations are playing a new role in the way that they partner with local governments. Following the General Session about the Role of Non-Profits in the Public Sector, this Break-Out Session will feature two innovative leaders in the grantmaking world—Southern California Grantmakers and Goldhirsh Foundation—to discuss ways in which cities can partner with public foundations to incubate new approaches. Join Seyron Foo and Angie Jean-Marie to talk about some of the most creative projects their foundations are funding in Southern California, and how your city might put the infrastructure in place to partner.

Professional Development Track


Council/Commission Relations
Presented by Dominic Lazzaretto, City of Arcadia and Mark Alexander, City of La Canada Flintridge

Our seasoned panel will guide attendees through an interactive discussion of the leadership skills necessary to build effective relationships with City Councilmembers or City Commissioners. Learn the best practices learned over the years, potential pitfalls, and how communication is the key for success. This session will cover a wide range of topics including:
  • Establishing a clear chain of command for administrative duties between Council and City staff and lines of communication;
  • Best practices for the tracking and resolution of complaints shared by elected or appointed officials;
  • How to address potential community challenges and be prepared as possible for a Council or Commission meeting;
  • Ensuring compliance with the law (Brown Act) and "string meetings";
  • What conversations/comments should be shared with your City Manager.

Technology Track


Government Agility in Adapting to Private Sector Innovators
Presented by Victoria Rocha, University of Southern California City/County Management Fellow
Government is not always known for its ability to adapt and change to new innovations. Yet, as private enterprise continues to roll out free-to-user technology, such as Facebook, Twitter, and, most recently, Pokémon Go, government and its employees are faced with recognizing and harnessing the power of these opportunities quicker than ever. How did your jurisdiction utilize Pokémon Go to engage the community? Did you use it all? In this session we will talk about methods of community engagement using Pokémon Go across various departments. We will also discuss techniques to identifying and quickly mobilizing the next free private-sector product.

Governance Track

Affordable Care Act: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
Presented by Laurie LoFranco, Keenan & Associates
It is time to take stock and get ready for the 2017 plan year. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to present compliance challenges with key provisions now in full effect and updated regulatory guidance still being issued. In this informational session, we cover the latest ACA topics that should be on your radar, including affordability – which is a “hot” topic thanks to guidance from the IRS on cash-in-lieu of benefits and “flex credits.”

Governance Track

Stepping Up to Senior Management
Presented by Bobbi Peckham and Clay Phillips, Peckham & McKenney, Inc.
Ever wonder what the executive recruitment process is like? Are you ready for a Department Head or Director level position? Executive recruiters will share their experiences and provide insights into the job-search process.

Sustainability Track

Sustainable Purchasing: Saving the Earth, while Saving your Budget
Presented by Scott Munzenmaier, City of La Mesa
Sustainable Purchasing will explore the decision making and policy process combining both traditional financial factors in combination with environmental factors. This requires setting procurement guidelines into the broader strategic context including value for money, performance management, and environmental priorities. Sustainable Purchasing takes into account to procurement of supplies or services based upon a number of factors including:
  • Value for money considerations such as, price, quality, availability, functionality.
  • The entire life cycle of products.
  • Environmental aspects; the effects on the environment that the assets, supplies and/or services have over the whole lifecycle ("green procurement").
  • Sustainable or recycled materials/products.
Agencies committed to Sustainable Purchasing often experience multiple potential benefits, such as:

  • long-term efficiency savings
  • more efficient and effective use of natural resources
  • reducing the harmful impact of pollution and waste
  • reducing the impact of hazardous substances on human health and the environment
  • encouraging innovation
  • providing strong signals to the sustainable products market
  • practical expression of organizations’ commitment to sustainable development

Professional Development Track

What is Old is New Again
Presented by Jim Lewis, City of Pismo Beach and Pam Antil, City of Santa Barbara
When it comes to your career, sometimes it feels like you could use all the advice you can get. From picking the "right" positions to apply for, to when to move or change jobs, when to say “no”, to which investments to make in training, education and professional organizations, or to actually excelling in your position, there's certainly a lot to learn. Sometimes, the advice from mentors and supervisors is harder to implement because, well...... we may not want to hear it or it's hard, but necessary advice to follow. This panel will share tips, tools and advice they've received through the years -- the good and the bad -- and how it has shaped their careers. While some of the advice may be “timeless” their fresh and innovative approach will make “old” advice “new” again! In addition, the panel will explore the advice they wished they had taken and how it might have changed the course of their careers. Join us for this interactive and fun session and be prepared to share the best piece of advice you've ever received in your career!

Technology Track

Fire Command Shared Services: A Case Study
Presented by Sergio Gonzalez, City of South Pasadena
Partnerships between local governments to share services can help cash-strapped municipalities expand and improve services, reduce spending and operate more efficiently and effectively. However, these benefits must be balanced against the need to maintain local control and responsiveness to the needs of each community involved.

In late 2013, the Cities of South Pasadena, San Marino, and San Gabriel began to investigate a tri-city partnership for fire command services, the first such enterprise in the San Gabriel Valley. The eventual partnership that they created has the potential to save each city $2,500,000 and all three Cities $7,500,000 or more over the course of ten years. Join South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, as he discusses their implementation process, and discusses how multiple municipalities can work with key stakeholders to address challenges, identify solutions and implement a shared services program to drive results.

Technology Track

Digital Tools and Technics to Elevate Your City's Outreach
Presented by Ryder Smith, Tripepi Smith and Tanya Spiegel, City of Ontario

Are you looking for ways to increase or strengthen your agencies online voice? Join this interactive session as our panel discusses the benefits of having an online presence, the importance of online and digital communication, best practices as well as specific "how to's" for attendees who want to leverage digital and social tools for marketing. This session will cover Website Platforms, Email Platforms, Mobile Applications and Social Media Platforms.

Professional Development Track

Learning Lounge: Special Presentation from ICMA-RC
Presented by Tom Axline, ICMA-RC

Work may be satisfying, but most leaders and their staff don't want to do it forever. Retirement is inevitable, but not always predictable in terms of timing and the effect on your organization. Mr. Collins will discuss the key features of public sector retirement plans while emphasizing the importance of being a well-informed retirement resource for your staff.


Professional Development Track

Career Resources: Resume Review Are you looking for a new position? Or, maybe just to freshen up your resume and interviewing skills? Sign up to reserve a session for a resume review and talk with professionals and paraprofessionals who can help! Helpful experts are standing by to review your resume and get you ready for the next big interview.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 BREAKOUT SESSIONS


Sustainability Track

Fiscal Sustainability in Suburban Cities: A Comparative Case Study of Fiscal Health and Civic Engagement in Southern California
Presented by Jennifer Brutus, City of Arcadia
A dissertation on the City of Claremont and the City of Upland's fiscal health since the Great Recession involving analysis of the General Fund and other operations, and opportunities for fostering fiscal sustainability through fiscal health checklists and financial health diagnostic tools, fiscal sustainability taskforces, and civic engagement/public participation.

Governance Track

Change Your Culture, Change Your Life!
Presented by Grant Yee, City of Ontario

Does culture really eat strategy for lunch? This session will answer this old-age management question and will challenge you to think differently about organizational culture. Learn why people-centric culture is now the new business model for organizational success and personal happiness.

As managers, we are generally very good at transactional leadership and managing the daily operations of our governmental departments. However, as government leaders of the enterprise, we must also strategically work on transformational leadership, focusing on inspiring people and developing a culture of employee engagement and innovation. This session will present extraordinary findings from a personal journey of human leadership. Topics to be covered include vision, culture, organizational values, employee engagement, high performance team, work-life integration, and attracting and retaining a talented workforce for tomorrow.
 

Professional Development Track

Speed Coaching
Presented by various City/County Managers, Assistant/Deputy Managers, and City/County Directors
Participate in three to five 10-minute speed coaching sessions where you can get one-on-one advice from Local Government Leaders. High energy setting.

*Additional sessions to be announced Soon. Check back for updated information.