#ELGL16: In the Dee Eff Dub

#ELGL16: In the Dee Eff Dub


October 21, 2016
The Grand Hall at NRH Center
6000 Hawk Avenue
North Richland Hills, TX 76180

The Southwest branch of ELGL, in partnership with the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT), will be gathering next week in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for the 1st Annual ELGL Pop-Up Conference. The overall theme for the conference will focus on resiliency in the municipal arena – political, financial, economical, technological, and structural – while closing on a note of personal resilience in the face of adversity. Immediately following the conference, attendees are encouraged to join the social mixer occurring at the Grand Hall.

We look forward to seeing you there!

#ELGL16 DFW - Breakfast and Welcome

8:00 am

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

8:45 am


Mark Handman, City Manager, City of North Richland Hills (Bio)
ELGL and UMANT Representatives

#ELGL16 DFW - Keynotes

Opening Keynote

The Honorable Fred Hill

Fred Hill spent twenty years in Texas House of Representatives representing Richardson, TX, and parts of Dallas and Garland. During his time in the Legislature, he served as Chairman, House Committee on Local Government Ways and Means; Chairman, House Committee on Urban Affairs; Served sixteen years on House Committee on Transportation; and was a member of the Legislative Budget Board which is made up of the most senior members of both legislative houses.

Since leaving the legislature worked with numerous Texas cities and counties on legislative issues and discusses the upcoming Texas Legislative Session and the fight that Texas cities have ahead of them to retain local control.

Lunch Keynote

Theresa O’Donnell

Theresa O’Donnell serves as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Dallas. In this role, Ms. O’Donnell leads the development and implementation of a robust Resilience Strategy for the City of Dallas within the policy framework of the 100 Resilient Cities Program and Global Network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Theresa will discuss the 100 Resilient Cities program, her efforts to achieve regional resiliency in the DFW area, and how cities – no matter the size – can become more resilient.

Closing Keynote

Leonard Martin

Leonard worked his way through city management positions in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.  A self-described “change agent,” Martin was named city manager of Carrollton in August 2001.  He has been recognized as City Manager of the Year in both Missouri and Oklahoma and received the American Society of Public Administration Administrator of the Year Award for the State of Oklahoma.

An expert in unique organizational development, Leonard will conclude the conference with a rousing session on how to build up your individual resiliency for those times when you will be challenged both personally and professionally.

#ELGL16 DFW - Regular Sessions

9:30 am

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.

Speakers: Bryan Langley, Assistant City Manager and CFO, City of Denton, TX (Bio, Email, LinkedIn)

10:20 am

Infrastructure Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty (Panel by Siemens)

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.

Moderator: Deval Allums, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Ted Benavides, Executive in Residence, University of Texas – Dallas
Stephen Costello, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston

11:00 am

GovHacks:  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.

Speaker: Kevin Gunn, Chief Technology Officer, City of Fort Worth, TX (LinkedIn)

1:30 pm

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!

Moderator:  Caroline Booth, Director of Economic Development, City of Denton, TX (LinkedIn)

Bill Sproul, President and CEO, Richardson, TX Chamber of Commerce (Bio, Email)
Craig Hulse, Director of Economic Development, City of North Richland Hills, TX (LinkedIn)
Marty Wieder, Director of Economic Development, City of Grand Prairie, TX (LinkedIn)

2:15 pm

“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.

Speaker:  Mistie Gardner, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Richardson, TX (BioLinkedIn)

#ELGL16 DFW - Post-Conference Mixer

3:15 pm

Networking Mixer

Make contacts with conference attendees and meet speakers at an onsite networking mixer after the conference!
Drink tickets included in your registration.