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Conference Sessions

Schedule: Tuesday, August 25

8:30 a.m. 

Conference sign-in available 

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Welcome Session 

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Opening General Session: Protecting Your Organization from Cyber-Crime 
Michael Bazzell

This session focuses on recent trends of online fraud, computer intrusion, and ways that perpetrators steal valuable data from your organization. The presentation includes the details of how hackers commit their crimes and what every employee must do to protect an organization's assets. The audience will learn immediately how password hacking, email phishing, telephone attacks, and social engineering are emerging threats against every entity. Live examples of hacking into information will surprise the audience, while detailed solutions will be displayed on how to stop the threats. Employees can easily modify a few key online habits that will help protect your organization from the next attack.

10:20 a.m.-10:35 a.m.

Exhibit Hall
Be sure to visit with our subject matter experts in municipal products and services!

10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

CLE: 2020 Legislative Update
CLE credit has been applied for.
The CML advocacy team will offer highlights from the 2020 session of the Colorado General Assembly, with a special focus on new legislation that may require immediate action by municipalities.

What's New at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) leadership and regional managers will discuss recent developments in funding programs, strategic services provision, and policy initiatives. The basics of DOLA structure and function, how to access resources, and collaborative opportunities with local governments will be addressed.

Securing Your Family's Digital Life
This morning’s general session by Michael Bazzell focused on ways to protect an organization from cyberattacks. This session is all about you and your family. It explains the numerous ways that perpetrators steal your personal information and how they benefit from the data obtained. View live demonstrations of how you and your family are likely to be attacked and the easy steps that you can take to prevent becoming a victim. Learn immediately how to properly create and store passwords, completely freeze the entire family's credit accounts (for free), secure your home computers from online threats, and apply better overall defensive behavior in regards to technology in the home. Additionally, learn how most hackers can access personal online accounts with only one attempt and how to stop the intrusion.

11:35 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Exhibit Hall
Be sure to visit with our subject matter experts in municipal products and services!

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Live Breakout Lunch Sessions
Join a small group to talk about the issues that are important for you. Small group options include: Main Street, Employment in Tourist Areas, Mayors Mingle and Population-Based Roundtables.

Session 1:  The Main Thing
The Main Thing is a campaign of Colorado Main Street that highlights the main thing in economic recovery: your small businesses and your community are inexorably interdependent. Hear case studies from two cities, Montrose and Leadville, as well as an overview of efforts from Main Streets across the state.

Session 2:  Mayors Mingle (by invitation)
Meet and greet your fellow mayors in this informal setting with a discussion facilitated by CML Executive Director Kevin Bommer.

Session 3:  Housing during COVID-19
This is an opportunity for elected officials and staff to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on housing in Colorado. The discussion will range from the effects on upcoming affordable housing projects to programs to help keep citizens housed during the pandemic. 

Session 4:  Doing more with less
Municipalities can virtually meet and discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your current staffing levels, and how your municipality has brainstormed providing the same level of services with fewer resources. 

Session 5: What will the upcoming ski season bring?
Municipalities in our ski communities will enjoy a lively and timely discussion on plans for the upcoming ski season and what they are doing to help support the industry and local businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Session 6:  Advancing the role of women in government leadership
Join Colorado Women in Government (CWIG) for a facilitated discussion on advancing the role of women in government leadership. This session is open to both men and women interested in supporting women, whether elected officials or staff, in the public sector.

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

CLE: The 2020 Census and municipal redistricting
CLE credit has been applied for. 
Many municipalities will be using fresh data from the 2020 census to adjust the boundaries for their council districts or wards. Hear a refresher on the legal principles that govern the redistricting process, and tips for the best approaches to use when redrawing your district or ward maps.

Building community support for affordable housing
Please join us for a discussion on how to communicate an effective affordable housing message. We are called on to promote and defend affordable housing projects, but often audiences are guided by reluctance, NIMBYism, and fear. How can municipal officials talk about housing in a way that generates support and wins friends? What messages are resonating at city council meetings and neighborhood engagements? What stories resonate with wide audiences? This forum will provide communications strategy and examples of successful project messaging. 

How to survive conducting a recall election
Hear from a panel of experts who will discuss applicable laws, their experiences in conducting recall elections and lessons learned.

1:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Closing Session

Schedule: Wednesday, August 26

9 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

Welcome Session 

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

General Session: NLC's Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Efforts
Clarence Anthony, National League of Cities executive director

More than five years ago, the National League of Cities (NLC) created its Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Department to provide resources, technical assistance, toolkits, and information to local leaders on how to create more equitable and safe cities for ALL Americans.

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Exhibit hall 
Be sure to visit with our subject matter experts in municipal products and services!

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

CLE: Attorney General Session on litigation impacting locals
CLE credit has been applied for
Attorney General Weiser will discuss current legal matters of importance to the State, with particular focus on those at the intersection of the State and local governments.  Such topics will include updates on the State's efforts in regards to recent legislation addressing public safety and law enforcement practices, and protecting Colorado's natural resources.  Attorney General Weiser will also discuss how the Department of Law partners and interacts with Colorado local governments, and looks forward to having a dialogue on how the State can best support Colorado's municipalities. 

COVID-19 Economic Impact Discussion
The University of Colorado’s Richard Wobbekind and Brian Lewandowski will provide an economic discussion about the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic locally and nationally—what we know and what to expect. Data and insights will discuss the recession and the economic recovery.

PFAS: The State's Plan and How Local Communities Are Responding
Discoveries of PFAS contamination in drinking water, wastewater, and ground water are on the rise nationally. Learn from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about plans to address PFAS contamination and what municipalities can expect. You will also hear from municipalities about how they are responding to PFAS issues within their communities.

11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Exhibit hall 
Be sure to visit with our subject matter experts in municipal products and services!

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

CLE: Navigating and Enforcing Municipal, County and State Public Health Orders: Lessons Learned So Far
CLE credit has been applied for.
Most of the regulatory mandates during the current pandemic have come down from state and county public health experts.  But municipalities have played a role, too, by enforcing stricter local regulations in some instances or joining with counties in seeking "variances" from state restrictions in others.  Our speakers will highlight examples of both.  

Building Resiliency in our Communities
Building resilient communities does not happen overnight.  It takes time.  It takes dedicated public and private sector leaders who assess the risk and cost of inaction and balance it with educated and courageous decisions.  By leveraging the community's assets and understanding its vulnerabilities and challenges, community leaders can begin addressing the impacts of social, environmental, and economic issues that hold their communities back from fully realizing their potential.  In this session EDCC professionals will address the persistent issues plaguing Colorado communities that only the pandemic has made more relevant.  Now is the time to leverage this momentum by harnessing innovation and technology to respond and to recover.

Implementing the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and Paid Sick Leave
The session will help inform the implementation of SB 19-085, Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and SB 20-205, Employee Paid Sick Leave. SB 19-085 goes into effect on January 1, 2021. Also on January 1, 2021, employers with 16 or more employees must provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year. For employers with 15 or fewer employees, that portion is effective on January 1, 2022. There are additional  details to navigate in both pieces of legislation. Experts will walk municipal staff through the legislation and what they need to do to comply.

12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

Awards Presentation and Closing Session 
Join us to honor the first ever winner of the Sam Mamet Good Governance Award and MUNIversity award winners.

Schedule: Thursday, August 27

9 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

Welcome Session

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Organizational Redesign and a Culture of Innovation
City of Westminster
The City of Westminster has been a city of choice for individuals and businesses to relocate and for guests to visit.  This is in large measure due to being a truly mission driven organization with a strong vision and set of organizational values.  As many maturing suburbs across America, Westminster finds itself facing fiscal challenges that threaten its future.  During this time of prosperity in the City's history, Westminster has recently invested resources in its future through a commitment to Innovation, Financial Strategy, Communications, Business Process Improvement and Talent Development in the work place.  Hear more about this multi-million dollar investment in the future and hear about the private partner in this endeavor, Radius Innovation... https://www.radiusinnovation.com/

Emerging issues:  Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity
CLE credit has been applied for.
The world of public safety and policing is changing dramatically.  On the heels of the passage of SB 20-217, this session will help municipalities navigate the new requirements on law enforcement agencies, and how the new las will change policing going forward.

The State of Industrial Hemp: A Review of the CHAMP Initiative and Regulations in Colorado
Over the last year, stakeholders from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the Governor's Office, Department of Public Health and Environment, Department of Revenue, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Department of Public Safety, Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, Department of Higher Education, local governments, and industry experts have come together to participate in the CHAMP initiative, helping to create a comprehensive blueprint of regulations for industrial hemp. This panel will discuss the results of that initiative as well as changes made to cultivation regulations as a result of the new state plan and any changes occurring at the USDA.

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Exhibit hall 
Be sure to visit with our subject matter experts in municipal products and services!

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

CLE: Legal and Practical Considerations for Regulating Homeless Encampments (Especially During a Public Health Crisis)
CLE credit has been applied for.
This session will include a review a review of recent legal challenges to municipal camping laws, increasing public health concerns affecting homeless populations both inside and outside of shelters, and the recent move toward municipally-sanctioned encampment sites.  

The FY 2020/21 State Budget Shortfall and its Impact on Municipalities
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the State of Colorado saw what was a promising budgetyear turn into one of the worst in state history.  This session will walk through the cuts and changes made to state programs that help municipalities provide important services. Staff will also talk about future budget years, and how certain ballot initiatives could improve local government revenues.

Rebuild, Reenergize, Recover:  The Energy Efficiency-Resilience Nexus
This session will provide low and no-cost tools from the Colorado Energy Office including the Energy Performance Contract program for local governments to move forward on their clean energy goals, implement facility upgrades and save money.

11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Exhibit hall 
Be sure to visit with our subject matter experts in municipal products and services!

 

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Preview of 2020 State Ballot Questions and Reflections on Petitioning During a Pandemic
Arranged by the Attorneys Section. CLE credit has been applied for.
By the time we meet in August, the contents of the state general election ballot will be settled.  This session will review upcoming state ballot questions directly affecting municipal operations in Colorado and will address the long-term importance of recent Colorado Supreme Court decisions requiring strict adherence to state petitioning laws. 

Managing Transparency Related Risks
While transparency is a basic expectation for municipalities, it carries risks, ranging from noncompliance with transparency laws to ever-increasing cyber risks from conducting operations in a virtual world.  In this session, CIRSA General Counsel Sam Light will review some current developments in transparency-related risks and suggest steps your organization can take to reduce potential claims, disputes, and losses in the area. 

Post Pandemic Tax Increment Finance and the Resilient Downtown
In Colorado, our Downtown Development Authorities (DDAs) and Urban Renewal Authorities have the power to use tax increment finance to further the vision for the community.  Join our Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) virtual engagement as we feature a series of speakers sharing ideas and projects that showcase tax increment finance as a tool to build a more resilient downtown, commercial district, or town center.

 

12:45 p.m.-1 p.m.

Closing Session