#ELGL16 Pop Up Conference Agendas

pop-up-simpleGo big or go home – that’s our motto for this year’s #ELGL16 conference. Instead of hosting one conference on one day, we’re hosting six conferences in one day. ELGL volunteers are planning one day conferences in Durham, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Menlo Park and Portland on October 21, 2016. No matter where you live, there’s an #ELGL16 nearby.

Each pop up conference agenda includes speakers on a variety of local government topics. These pop up experiences are designed to expand your local government and leadership knowledge in a geographic region close to you.  We’ve pooled our sponsorship resources so each location will provide similar conference amenities and experiences, with each agenda set by a team of dedicated local government enthusiasts who volunteer on the ELGL leadership team.

Check out each agenda, and register today. Your registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, social hour, and #ELGL16 swag. Prices are $35 for students, $75 for ELGL members, and $100 for non-members (includes ELGL membership).

October 21, 2016 Conference Agendas

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Keynote Sessions:

  • Opening Keynote – Lessons in Leadership
    • Lois Scott will share lessons in leadership from both her dedicated public service as City of Chicago CFO and her private sector career.
  • Tomorrow’s Political Landscape – Political leaders under 40 share their perspective on how the political landscape is changing

    • Alderman Ameya Pawar, Chicago
    • Alderman Daniel Arevalo, Belvidere, IL
    • Joshua Schoemann, High School Board of Education President, Hartford, WI
    • Mayor Justin Nickels, Manitowoc, WI
  • Closing Keynote – The Future of Public Service
    • Mayor Nan Whaley from the City of Dayton, Ohio shares the innovative and progressive policies that will influence the future of our communities and of public service including preschool, talent development and parental leave.

Conference Sessions:

  • #BalancetheBench: Modern Workplace Initiatives

    Ashley Monroe, Assistant to the Village Manager – Hoffman Estates, IL

  • The Value and Potential of Public Space

    Daniel Grove, Senior Project Manager at Kimley-Horn

Event Details:

  • Date: October 21, 2016

  • Start Time: 8:45 a.m. (Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.)

  • Local Contact: Ryan Adams

  • Location: the Grand Hall at NRH Centre (6000 Hawk Ave, North Richland Hills, TX 76180)

  • NOTE:  The registration includes an onsite, after conference networking mixer (starting at 3:15 p.m.).  Drink tickets are included.

Keynote Sessions:

  • Navigating the Politics of the 84th Legislative Session
    The Honorable Fred Hill, Texas State Representative (1989-2009)

Conference Sessions:

Welcome & ELGL/UMANT Overview

The City Manager of our host community, North Richland Hills, welcomes attendees along with representatives from ELGL and UMANT.

  • Mark Hindman, City Manager, North Richland Hills
  • Matt Monedero and Matt Yager (ELGL Representatives)
  • Taylor Lough and Ryan Adams (UMANT Representatives)


Financial Resiliency:  Creating Budget Flexibility

The economy has climbed out of the depths of the Great Recession, reflecting substantial revenue increases and business growth across local governments.  But the party won’t last forever.  This session will illustrate the steps local governments need to take now to get ready for the likelihood of hard financial times ahead.

  • Bryan Langley, Assistant City manager and CFO, City of Denton, TX


Infrastructure Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty

In a panel hosted by Siemens, local government experts will discuss what the future holds for the increasingly difficult task of maintaining existing and building new infrastructure.  Learn how demographic and financial uncertainty will affect the ability of local governments to provide some of their most basic and most critical services.

  • Panel Moderator:  Deval Allums, Siemens


Gov. Hacks: Resiliency in Technology

While most of us aren’t technological wizards, every aspiring manager needs to understand the challenges that IT staff face in the coming years.  Security threats, ever-shifting tech needs, application based services and other evolving technologies are issues that future managers can only avoid at their own risk.

  • Kevin Gunn, Chief Technology Officer, City of Fort Worth, TX


Resiliency in Economic Development

The “Texas Miracle” is often the term used to describe the flourishing of businesses and the general economic rise of the state during and since the last recession.   A question remains – how long can it continue?  Learn what cities must do to build resiliency into their economic development program so that, despite any dips in the business cycle, their local economy can continue to not only grow, but thrive!

  • Bill Sproul, President and CEO, Richardson, TX Chamber of Commerce
  • Craig Hulse, Director of Economic Development, City of North Richland Hills, TX
  • Marty Wieder, Director of Economic Development, City of Grand Prairie, TX
  • Panel Moderator:  Caroline Booth, Economic Development Director, City of Denton, TX


“It’s not IF, it’s WHEN”: Crisis Scenarios

Continuing on our theme of resiliency in the face of uncertainty, we can never discount the possibility of a major disaster striking.  Floods, disease, industrial accidents, and other man-made or natural catastrophes have become a terrifying reality for many local governments across the region in the past several years alone.  Discover how cities can become more resilient against these events through preparation that goes beyond typical event planning.

  • Mistie Gardner, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Richardson, TX

Proudly presented in partnership with UMANT:

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October 20 Happy Hour Event Details:

  • Pre-Conference Happy Hour Sponsored by Colorado Women Leading Government, Colorado Emerging Managers, League of Women in Government and ELGL
  • We are excited to host a #13Percent Seasoned Professionals Panel with ICMA President Pat Martel, Lakewood City Manager Kathy Hodgson, and Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam.
  • The Panel will be moderated by Carly Lorentz, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Wheat Ridge.
  • The panel will begin at 4 p.m. and happy hour will begin at 5 p.m. at the Table Mountain Inn in Golden.
  • Please RSVP to Heather Geyer at hgeyer@ci.wheatridge.co.us if you plan to attend this event.

Keynote Sessions:

  • Jim Russell, Cleveland State and Pacific Standard Magazine

  • Michael Karlik, City Council Chronicles

  • Kelly Brough, CEO of Denver Chamber

Conference Sessions:

  • Brainstorming With Jim Russell

  • Public Engagement: IAP2 and Bang the Table

  • #GenderBalance Conversation

  • Employee Engagement: Fort Collins

  • The Greatest Ideas You Heard Today

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  • 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes: What has made a difference in your professional, personal or family life? These local government professionals share 60 ideas that have helped them be successful.


  • Does Size Matter? Learn the differences of working at a city with a population of 1,000 versus 3 million. These managers share the pros and cons, challenges and opportunities of various sized communities and organizations.


  • Changing World of Public Safety: Police Chiefs and Captains share the lessons learned from the last few years. How have our communities’ expectations changed and how can local governments meet this challenge?


  • Doing More Than Checking the Public Process Box: It’s not enough to “check the box” on public process. Learn about effective engagement strategies to solve complex problems and build community.


  • Sustainability – How Branding & Marketing Can Influence Positive Behavior: Having policies and programs in place is only one step in addressing the effects of climate change. How can local governments actually impact behaviors and change the course of our future? This session is designed to discuss creative and effective ideas for doing just that.

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Concurrent Sessions:

  • 9:30AM From Dirt to Dreams: Whole Life Cycle Materials Management


  • 9:30AM Stories From Behind the Scenes at the US Open