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Becoming a Better Storyteller
Recording Date: January 31, 2013

As a follow-up to the keynote address, learn to uncover and develop your inner storyteller. Understand why storytelling is important and how to do it effectively.

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Designing Effective Public Engagement Processes When Values and Beliefs Collide
Recording Date: January 31, 2013

No matter the issue, citizens with strong views and competing beliefs challenge the ability of cities to hold productive, civil public hearings and meetings. Public engagement processes that anticipate and respond to difficult situations are possible. Learn from others experience, hear best practices and receive tips for designing processes that are effective, responsive, factual and civil. | handout | handout

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Senior Assistants: Preparing You to Manage the Cities of Tomorrow
Recording Date: January 31, 2013

What skills, traits and opportunities do senior assistants need to become the next generation of city managers? Explore best practices and relationships needed to lead council meetings and make difficult staffing decisions. Define more current opportunities to grow and mentor up and coming leaders within your city. | handout

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Special District Financing for Economic Development
Recording Date: January 31, 2013

Review classic alternative funding sources for economic development activities such as: Business Improvement Districts (BID), Property Business Improvement Districts, and Development Corporations. Learn what new funding mechanisms such as Tourism, Restaurant and Wine Business Improvement Districts are available to support economic development. Hear best practices and policies for local governments working with BIDs.

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Creating Community Value Through Employee Development: Why It's a Priority
Recording Date: January 31, 2013

Do your existing employees help streamline, change and fundamentally improve your organization? Is there a gap between current and potential capacity, both individually and organizationally? In times of constrained resources, managers have to ensure they are generating maximum value for their communities. Explore concepts and tangible benefits of employees who work at full capacity.

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Best Strategies for Survival as a Manager
Recording Date: January 31, 2013

Explore the roots of new problems and strategies for surviving these times. Create practical steps to enhance the health and extend the warranty on a manager’s career success within any given city. Develop outreach to citizens to protect your efforts against a media attack.

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Public Safety Restructuring: Making Changes While Minimizing Service Impacts
Recording Date: January 31, 2013

Examine methods developed for successful non-traditional public safety operational models. Hear where to start, how it was done, what worked, what didn’t work and how to move concepts forward to success. Identify restructured combinations that control administrative costs while maintaining high service levels.

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California Pension Reform: Hit or Myth?
Recording Date: February 1, 2013

The first Statewide pension reform law in decades is now six months old. What is working, what is not and what more needs to be done? Some cities and their voters are choosing to go beyond what is set forth by the State, sometimes with legal consequences. Take stock of these municipal efforts and where they may be leading. | handout  | handout  | handout

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There Will Always Be a Few Curds in Your Whey
Recording Date: February 1, 2013

As the chief executive or assistant , the city manager is often the final stop on the personnel problem path. Personnel issues consume an inordinate amount of time. How do you manage your role? How do you structure your policies and practices to most effectively use your time and talent? How do you prevent the few problem employees from draining the energy of an entire organization?

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Realities in City Manager Employment
Recording Date: February 1, 2013

Employment agreements and compensation packages for city managers are facing new realities as the law, regulations, and the local political climate have changed. Share recent manager experiences and professional observations in professional placement. Identify current trends and results in what city councils are approving and how to update a template employment contract.

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