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2016 MCMA Spring Conference

5/4/2016 to 5/6/2016
When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Where: Camden on the Lake Resort
2359 Bittersweet Road
Lake Ozark, Missouri  65049
United States
Contact: Sarah Bowman

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55th ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE

Camden on the Lake, Lake of the Ozarks

May 4-6, 2016

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Wednesday, May 4

11:00 a.m.  Golf Tournament at The Ridge Golf Course

Registration required.

Facilitator: Roger Haynes, Mexico

12:00 p.m.  Lunch with Experienced City Managers

Join us for lunch and discussions on management topics guided by respected managers from around Missouri.  Participants will rotate tables every 10-15 minutes to offer different views on a wide range of topics.  Questions are participant driven, so this is your chance to get advice from some of the best managers in the profession.

Speakers: DJ Gehrt, Platte City, Craig Owens, Clayton, John Butz, Rolla, Marty Corcoran, Maplewood, Jeff Hancock, Camdenton, Barb Sondag, Olivette, and Doug Harms, Des Peres

Facilitator: Greg McDanel, Maryville

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Motive Matters Training

Do you wonder why some people are easy to work with or befriend, while others are a constant struggle?  If so, come learn about an exciting leadership/relationship program, which is based on the concept of what motivates us.  The theory to explain it is called the Color Code.  This training will help improve your effectiveness at work and also improve relationships at home.  It is simple to understand and easy to apply.

Learning Objectives:

1.     Learn your color combination.

2.     Learn the strengths/weaknesses and needs/wants of each color.

3.     Better understand your own strengths and limitations

Note: If you plan to attend this session, it is highly recommended that you complete the Color Code test prior to the conference at http://www.colorcode.com/coupon/MCMAConference.  No purchase required.

Speakers: Van Benson and Tammy Benson, Executive Trainers, MotiveMatters.com

Facilitator: Sam Anselm, Joplin

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Lake Excursion Cruise

Get to know your colleagues by joining your fellow managers for refreshments on the water during a 2 hour trip on the Lake of the Ozarks. Seating is limited.  Event is weather permitting.

5:30 p.m.  First Time Attendee Reception

First time attendees and student members are encouraged to join the MCMA Board and Planning Committee Members at a meet and greet reception specifically for them.

6:00 p.m.  Opening Reception

Light appetizers and drinks prior to dinner.

7:00 p.m.  Dinner with Managers

Join fellow managers for dinner at your choice of four of the Lake’s best restaurants: Baxter’s Lakeside Grille-Sponsored by CTS Group (SOLD OUT), Savannah Grille-Sponsored by Zerger & Mauer, Tucker’s Shuckers-Sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance Company, or J.B. Hook’s-Sponsored by MIRMA.  Transportation via shuttle bus provided. Reservations required during registration.

9:30 p.m.  Hospitality Suite Opens

Thursday, May 5

Breakfast on your own

8:00 a.m.  Registration & Exhibits

9:00 a.m.  Welcome & Keynote Speaker

Curbside Chat with Chuck Marohn (Keynote)

The Curbside Chat is a presentation followed by a community-specific discussion about the financial health of our places.

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

Speakers: President Kirk Davis, Gladstone and Chuck Marohn, Founder, Strong Towns

Facilitator: President Kirk Davis, Gladstone

10:15 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Career Lab with GovHR USA Sponsored by ELGL

Lee Szymborski and Michael Earl with GovHR USA will be on-hand from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to provide 20 minute mock interviews and 20 minute resume review sessions for attendees.  GovHR USA is an industry leader in local government executive recruitment.  Attendees can also receive a free professionally photographed headshot from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Open to all regardless of position or career level.  This is your chance to develop professionally by having your resume and interview skills reviewed by one of the top recruitment firms in the nation.  Appointments available May 5th.

Facilitators: Jennifer Gray, Des Peres, and Ben DeClue, Lebanon.

10:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Ø  Session 1- Manage A Retaliation-Free Workplace and Avoid Your Greatest Risk

Preventing discrimination and harassment is hard enough, but guarding against retaliation for claims is an even greater challenge.  You can win the discrimination claim and still lose the retaliation claim.  Learn methods to address this growing risk area.

Speaker: Carl J. Lumley, Principal and President, Curtis, Heinz, Garrett, & O’Keefe P.C.

Facilitator: Sharon Stott, Creve Coeur

Ø  Session 2 – Strong Towns: Transportation in the Next American City

For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems in addition to constructing completely new facilities.  While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up.  Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments.  In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.

Topics Covered:

·         A brief history of how we arrived at the current set of problems, particularly how centralization and an abundance of funding created short-term efficiencies but has stifled the development of alternative approaches.

·         Identification of the reasons why local governments find themselves stuck in the current paradigm and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

·         The important difference between a road and a street and how to get the most out of each.

·         How to productively respond to congestion and safety problems within an urban environment.

·         The role of state and federal funding in local transportation decisions. How to get the most out of these funding sources without compromising the financial health of the community.

·         Dealing with resistance to change from public safety and maintenance staff.

·         The role of transit in creating a balanced portfolio of transportation options.

Note: This is the same content as Concurrent Session 3.

Speaker: Chuck Marohn, Founder, Strong Towns

Facilitator: Jennifer Gray, Des Peres

12:00 p.m.  Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting

Speaker: President, Kirk Davis

1:30 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Ø  Session 3- Strong Towns: Transportation in the Next American City

For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems in addition to constructing completely new facilities.  While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up.  Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments.  In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.

Topics Covered:

·         A brief history of how we arrived at the current set of problems, particularly how centralization and an abundance of funding created short-term efficiencies but has stifled the development of alternative approaches.

·         Identification of the reasons why local governments find themselves stuck in the current paradigm and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

·         The important difference between a road and a street and how to get the most out of each.

·         How to productively respond to congestion and safety problems within an urban environment.

·         The role of state and federal funding in local transportation decisions. How to get the most out of these funding sources without compromising the financial health of the community.

·         Dealing with resistance to change from public safety and maintenance staff.

·         The role of transit in creating a balanced portfolio of transportation options.

Note: This is the same content as Concurrent Session 2.

Speaker: Chuck Marohn, Founder, Strong Towns

Facilitator: Ben DeClue, Lebanon

Ø  Session 4-How Fast Does It Run Downhill?” and Other Questions City Managers Should Ask Their Public Works Director About Wastewater and Stormwater Management

Stormwater and Wastewater management is rapidly becoming one of the largest sources of liability and areas of investment for communities both large and small.  Managers are increasingly required to have working knowledge in these areas in order to help their community deal with EPA and DNR mandates.  Knowing what questions to ask your experts in these fields can make all of the difference when making key decisions in their management.

Speakers: Steve Hargis, Public Works Director, Rolla and Erin Keys, Engineering Supervisor for Stormwater and Sanitary Sewers, Columbia.

Facilitator: Matt Harline, Centralia

2:45 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Ø  Session 5- Social Media Meets City Hall: It’s Time To Get Personal

There is very little that is new about social media. Programs like Facebook and Twitter have been around for more than a decade, but Cities still struggle with finding a way to connect with residents through these social media channels. Some even avoid it all together.  Maybe it's time we treated Social Media in City Hall as more than just a collection of likes and re-tweets. In this session we talk about what you need to do to establish a social media plan and how to develop a true community engagement strategy online. A City with a solid social media plan can rally a community around ideas or move them to accomplish something wonderful.  It can even turn enemies into advocates as your build trust and engagement with residents.

Speaker: Mike Ekey, Communications Manager, Raymore

Facilitator: Zach Walker, Independence

Ø  Session 6- Planning Your Retail Recruitment Strategy & Execution

An ever-growing number of communities are recognizing the tax revenue and quality of life benefits provided by a thriving retail sector. In this session, we will discuss the four steps to developing a successful retail economic development roadmap and share case studies of how communities have successfully grown their retail sectors.

Speaker: Cody Taylor, Sales Director, Buxton

Facilitator: Dana Tarpening, Brookfield

6:00 p.m.  Annual Awards Banquet & Entertainment

Join us for dinner as we award the Jay T. Bell Professional Management Award and the Richard R. Noll Outstanding Assistant Award for 2016. Musical entertainment to follow.

8:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m.  Lake Excursion Cruise

Get to know your colleagues by joining your fellow managers for refreshments on the water during a 2 hour trip on the Lake of the Ozarks. Seating is limited.  Event is weather permitting. Coats or sweaters suggested.

9:30 p.m.  Hospitality Suite Opens

Friday, May 6

8:30 a.m.  Breakfast Buffet

9:30 a.m.  General Session- Emerging Issues Discussion

In 2015, the MCMA Board commissioned a Strategic Plan that established a Key Issues Research Task Force.  This group’s mission is to identify the relevance, needs, and priority of issues being faced in local government management.  Taking the task force’s work, we will discuss emerging issues in the profession and share thoughts, ideas, and stories from the bleeding edge of local government.

Speakers: Robert Heacock, Sunset Hills, Sam Anselm, Joplin, and John Shaw, Member in Transition

Facilitator: Chris Heard, Lebanon

10:45 a.m.  Regional Meetings

As part of the Strategic Plan task force for a Regional Outreach Initiative, we invite you to connect with other managers in your region.  Discussion topics include formalizing regional designations, organizational efforts within those regions, and plans for the regional initiative in 2017.

After Meetings, Regional Lunches on your own

 

Career Lab: The Assistants Committee is partnering with Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) to offer conference attendees 20 minute mock interviews and 20 minute resume reviews in the conference center board room. These services will be provided by GOVHR USA. Appointments are required. For more information and to sign up, please contact Ben DeClue (bdeclue@lebanonmo.org or 417-991-2351); Jennifer Gray (jgray@desperesmo.org or 314-835-6100); or Brian Kelly (bkelly@joplinmo.org or 417-624-0820).

Click Here to Download the Career Lab Flyer


 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: $200 per person (includes box lunch, reception, breaks, luncheon, annual banquet, and breakfast)

 Online registration is required, with credit card or bill me payment options

 


 

 HOTEL INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS – deadline April 13!

 CAMDEN ON THE LAKE RESORT - Group ID: MCCM0516 Password: MCCM0516

HOTEL IS SOLD OUT--PLEASE CALL CAMDEN ON THE LAKE TO BE PUT ON A WAIT LIST (THEY WILL THEN DIRECT YOU TO THE LODGE OF FOUR SEASONS FOR OVERFLOW ROOMS) 

Lodge of Four Seasons Phone Number: 888-265-5500 (Make sure to mention MO City County Managers Association to receive the special rate!)

            Online Hotel Reservations   (click and use the id and password above) or

            Call Toll Free Phone: 888-365-5620 and mention “MO City Managers”

·Room Rate: $138 Room, tax and incidentals will be paid by individual

·Reservations must be made by April 13.

·Cancellation or changes in arrival and/or departure dates must be received at least 72 hours (before Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4 p.m.) in advance to avoid forfeiture of first night stay. Early departures will be charged the contracted nightly rate for the entire reserved stay.

 

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