#ELGL16 PDX: The Rose City

#ELGL16 PDX: The Rose City


October 21, 2016
The Eliot Center
1226 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

#ELGL16 PDX - Keynotes

Breakfast Keynote ~ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Mark Funkhouser

Mark Funkhouser is the publisher of Governing magazine. He served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 2007 to 2011. Prior to being elected mayor, Funkhouser was the city’s auditor for 18 years and was honored in 2003 as Governing Public Official of the Year. Before becoming publisher of Governing, he served as director of the Governing Institute. Funkhouser is an internationally recognized auditing expert, author and teacher in public administration and its fiscal disciplines. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in public administration and sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University.

Connect: BioLinkedIn | Twitter | Governing Institute

Lunch Keynote ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Sheila Hamilton

Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy Award winning journalist and the author of “All the Things We Never Knew.” Sheila’s storytelling resume runs through film, commercial television, radio and print. She began her career as an Associate Producer for public broadcasting, and then anchored and reported commercial television news for KTVX in Salt Lake City, Utah and KATU in Portland, Oregon. Sheila currently hosts the Kink morning show in Portland, Oregon where she was recently voted Oregon’s Best Radio Personality. Sheila also writes cover stories for About Face Magazine and authors the blog, SheilaHamilton.com Sheila is a frequent speaker and emcee for her favorite causes- mindful mental health and empowerment for girls. She serves on the board of Girls Inc., an organization empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold and The Flawless Foundation, a mental health advocacy organization.

Connect: BioLinkedIn | Blog | Website

Closing Keynote ~ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Ann Friedman

I’m Ann Friedman. I’m a freelance journalist who writes about gender, media, technology, and culture.  You can find my weekly column at NYmag.com. I also contribute regularly to The Los Angeles TimesThe GentlewomanThe New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, ELLE, The Guardian, andLos Angeles magazine. I co-host a podcast, Call Your Girlfriend, with my good friend Aminatou Sow. Every Friday I send out an email newsletter full of digital treats. I also make hand-drawn pie charts. I live in Los Angeles. I grew up in eastern Iowa, studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and have since moved back and forth between the coasts. (I prefer the west.) Before I became a freelance writer, I was the executive editor of GOOD magazine. After I was fired along with my colleagues in 2012, we created a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow.

Connect: BioLinkedIn | Twitter |  Podcast

#ELGL16 PDX - Breakout Sessions

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Recycling Reconsidered: Whole Life Cycle Materials Management

Ever wonder where Oregon is headed in thinking about the lifecycle of the materials we use? Learn about the statewide approach to materials management, get your hands dirty in a discussion about the City of Eugene’s Love Food Not Waste® commercial compost program, and find out how you don’t have to go it alone with a peek at the City’s public private partnership for marketing a compost product. Stephanie Scafa is the program manager for the Waste Prevention and Green Building program for the City of Eugene and David Allaway is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program.

Speakers: Stephanie Scafa (Love Food Not Waste & LinkedIn) | David Allaway (Waste Prevention Strategy)

What the US Open Taught Me about Large Event Planning

Every jurisdiction may come across a major event that creates opportunities to build community pride and support the local economy. These can range from benefit concerts to sporting events – heck, you may even take a fresh look at how you capitalize on the state fair. Hunter George, the former communications director for Pierce County, Wash., will share what he learned about large events during his time on the planning team for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, and how those efforts continue to pay dividends for community partners. His presentation will touch on event management, logistics, media relations, visitor engagement, and a collaborative approach to community outreach.

Speaker: Hunter George (BioLinkedIn & Twitter)

Moderator: Todd Cutts (Bio, Website & Twitter)

#ELGL16 PDX - Breakout Sessions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Power to the People: Electric Utilities as Community Partners

Utility co-ops often do not receive the credit they deserve when a partner in economic development is needed, or when someone is mapping out their career path. Debra Smith and Matt Michel shatter the unknown by illustrating how electric utilities can be partners in economic development experiences, share perspectives of former municipal managers now on the outside looking in, and highlight community presence efforts. Debra spent 17 years at the Eugene Water and Electric Board, most recently as Assistant Manager in charge of Operations. She now leads Central Lincoln People’s Utility District as General Manager. She is joined by Matt Michel, General Manager of Lane Electric. He previously led utility operations for the City of Canby, and prior to that was legal counsel specializing in municipal law, utility law, and federal litigation.

Speakers: Debra Smith (LinkedIn & CLPUD) | Matt Michel (LinkedIn & Lane Electric)

Workforce Development & Planning in Public Safety Agencies

Public safety agencies face challenges in recruiting qualified professionals to reflect the demographic of the communities they serve. Hear from two human resources professionals and find out how they step outside the box. Amber Autry, joining us from the City of Gresham, and Becky DeWitt from the City of Eugene share their unique methods for recruiting and retaining a talented workforce.

Speakers: Amber Autry (LinkedIn) | Becky DeWitt (LinkedIn)

#ELGL16 PDX - Breakout Sessions

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Homelessness & the Evolving Role of Cities: Starting the Conversation

What is the impact of homelessness on your work? How does homelessness affect day-to-day operations for Parks, Library and Police departments in your city? The realm of homelessness has long been relegated to direct service providers working in food, shelter and housing. As the visibility of homelessness in cities, towns and neighborhoods across Oregon grows, so too does its impact on local government. How does the structure of your organization ready you for this challenge? This session will offer concrete ways to engage with the issue, as well as discuss innovations occurring across Oregon and the country. The panel will highlight progress in one mid-size city as Jason Dedrick Policy and Systems Analyst from the City of Eugene shares their experience navigating this challenge.

Speakers: Rae Trotta (Bio & LinkedIn) | Jason Dedrick (LinkedIn & UO Community Service Partner)

Maximizing Total Compensation

Meet Brandi Leos and Steven Schuback, who will bring us ideas to maximize total compensation. Benefit from their years of experience providing their expertise to the public sector, and find out how you can deliver the most compensation to your employees. Join in a conversation about how compensation is viewed by employers and employees and learn ways to improve total compensation received beyond just salaries.

Speakers: Brandi Leos (LinkedIn, Bio & Twitter) | Steven Schuback (LinkedIn & Bio)

#ELGL16 PDX: Social Hour

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Moth: True Stories Told Live

We’ll end the day with a happy hour and an “ELGL Moth” session, modeled off of “The Moth Radio Hour” participants will share about their path to public service and topics they are passionate about. So grab a drink, chat with your new friends and enjoy the stories of other local gov administrators before you end your evening.