2013 State Municipal League Staff Workshop

  • Date: July 17, 2013 - July 20, 2013
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Category: Event


This three-day program offers an excellent networking opportunity with your colleagues from various state municipal leagues from across the country, while enjoying the sights and sounds of Chicago, including a Chicago White Sox game.

The State League Staff workshop will offer a mix of presentations and discussions on issues chosen by league staff and sharing best practices with colleagues throughout the 49 State Municipal Leagues.

To ensure that you receive all information relating to the summer meeting and you are included on the attendance list, please register by Friday, June 28.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • 2:00 PM

  • 6:00 PM
    Opening Reception

Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • 7:30 AM

  • 8:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast

  • 9:00 AM
    Effective Leadership: What Matters Most Now (Show details)

    Jeffrey Cufaude - Idea Architects

    Effective leadership must be right for the times, and "the times they are a-changin’" as was aptly noted long ago by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. In this interactive general session, we will examine the historical distinctions between leadership and management, explore the implications of some of the critical shifts present in the world around us, and highlight the leadership mindset to embrace and a few of the individual habits and practices to implement. Specifically, Mr. Cufaude will help workshop attendees gain a better understanding of how to:
    Remain strategically focused in your daily efforts;
    Create the future while managing the present; and
    Contribute to a culture that values and advances innovation.

  • 10:30 AM
    Brand Loyalty: Creating Value Messaging in a Competitive Environment (Show details)

    Carrie A. Banks - Alabama League of Municipalities
    Michelle Bechamps - Bechamps & Associates, LLC.

    Managing costs can often mean reducing the marketing and communications budget, which can be counterproductive. In today's business and economic environment, the need to evolve as an organization and looking for efficient and creative ways to add value is critical. One of your strategies should be to maintain a continued focus on messaging. Learn the key steps to improve brand loyalty through relevant, value-added content and stand-out relationship marketing. Build your membership loyalty and speak more directly to your members and their needs by taking your recruitment/retention marketing to the next level.

  • 10:30 AM
    My State, Your State: A Discussion of Policy and Lobbying Issues at the State Level (Show details)

    Sarah Geary - Alaska Municipal League

    Discuss the latest activities happening in state legislatures across the country and how the actions that legislatures take affect municipalities and leagues directly. This session will give those who work with state legislatures the opportunity to share challenges they are currently facing and to share ideas on how to address these challenges.

  • 10:30 AM
    Smell the Roses: Ideas for Creating a Healthy Work/Life Balance (Show details)

    Jessica Hill - Vermont League of Cities and Towns
    Kyra Cavanaugh - Life Meets Work Inc.

    The changing world of technology is causing many of us to feel that we are always connected to our work. This session will offer suggestions on how we can better balance the demands of the work world and our personal lives. We will also hear about some new HR policies that state leagues are implementing to ensure a happy and successful workforce.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch

  • 1:15 PM
    A Status Update: Legal Implications of Social Media (Show details)

    Chuck Thompson - International Municipal Lawyers Association
    Matt Bach - Michigan Municipal League

    This session will focus the pitfalls you face when you use social media for work or use work social media for personal use. In the age of immediate communications and increasing FOIA laws, what constitutes as public information? In this environment, are state leagues being treated the same as local governments? Learn important facts to know when dealing with FOIA laws from around the country and trends in legal decisions could affect you.

  • 1:15 PM
    Tips and Tools to Managing Your Day-to-Day Work (Show details)

    Alexander Clarke - National League of Cities
    Jo Walker - Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities

    Are you easily distracted? Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Session
    attendees will have the opportunity to discuss with their colleagues the daily interruptions of the
    workplace and best solutions to overcome them in roundtable format. Attendees will also hear about
    a useful tool, Project Tracker, that helps keep people accountable for their day-to-day work.

  • 1:15 PM
    Cultivating Engagement: It All Comes Down to Value (Show details)

    Jeffrey Cufaude - Idea Architects
    Rob Shepherd - North Carolina Interlocal Risk Management Agency (Risk Pool)

    Talking about engagement is all the rage, but what do we really mean by this term? Through whose lenses do we define what success looks like? In this session, you'll explore what an engagement plan should entail, including some of the timeless strategies for attracting, cultivating, and engaging interest and involvement, along with some timely tactics for doing so in 2013 and beyond. We'll examine a few key research findings about member and volunteer involvement and discuss how to handle some common challenges you face.

  • 2:45 PM
    State and Federal Advocacy Strategies (Show details)

    Allison Payne - Florida League of Cities Inc
    Carolyn Coleman - League of California Cities
    Joseph L. Schatteman - Illinois Municipal League
    Scott Dudley - Florida League of Cities Inc

    Over the last few years, state league advocacy programs have been evolving in order to protect our city interests in the changing state and federal public policy arenas. This session will look at the creation of local government caucuses in state legislatures as well as highlighting several state league advocacy programs. There will also be time for conversation among league staff about what’s working, lessons learned, and what new strategies leagues are exploring.

  • 2:45 PM
    10 Innovative Ideas for Your Conferences and Meetings (Show details)

    David DeLorenzo - National League of Cities
    Erica Ann Powell - Georgia Municipal Association
    Lisa White - Colorado Municipal League
    Wade Beltramo - New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials
    Yalonde Tanner - Georgia Municipal Association

    With organizations experiencing a decrease in conference attendance, conference planners are
    always looking for new ideas for meetings. From municipal Jeopardy! to mobile apps, technology
    for conference planning is changing rapidly. Come learn about new technologies for your annual
    conferences, plus share ideas and new practices with state league colleagues.

  • 2:45 PM
    Maximizing Your Survey Results (Show details)

    Jessica Sharp - National Research Center
    Tom Miller - National Research Center
    Will McGahan - National League of Cities

    To be successful, you need to find out what your members are thinking and you must demonstrate to them that you are listening. It’s no different in virtually every government and organization across the country. But once the results are in, how can you make the most of distribution channels to ensure that the circle of communication is completed? More importantly, how can you ensure that response rates and satisfaction rates get and remain strong? Join representatives from National Research Center, Inc. —founders of The National Citizen Survey™—to learn more about what some communities/organizations are doing to maximize results and chart a plan that helps you communicate the data in a way that makes sense.

Friday, July 19, 2013

  • 7:30 AM

  • 8:00 AM

  • 9:00 AM
    Municipal Problems in the 21st Century (Show details)

    Richard M. Daley

    Richard M. Daley served as Mayor of Chicago for 22 years, from 1989 to 2011, and is the longest
    serving Mayor in the City of Chicago’s history.
    During Mayor Daley’s two decades as mayor, Chicago was transformed into a prominent player in
    the global economy, and now Chicago ranks among the world’s top 10 economic centers. In 2010,
    Foreign Policy magazine ranked Chicago number 6 among global cities worldwide.
    Mayor Daley was named a senior advisor to JP Morgan Chase, where he chairs the new “Global
    Cities Initiative,” a joint project of JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution, to help cities
    more effectively compete in the global economy. Daley has been chosen as a Harvard University
    Institute of Politics Visiting Fellow; serves on the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company;
    and is a speaker with the Harry Walker Agency, enabling him to speak all over the world about
    leadership, his governing experience, and the challenges and opportunities facing urban cities in
    the 21st century.

  • 10:45 AM
    Federal Legislative Update (Show details)

    Carolyn Coleman - League of California Cities

  • 10:45 AM
    Applying Technology to Create Alternative Training Methods (Show details)

    David DeLorenzo - National League of Cities
    Gail Markovitz - The Pennsylvania Municipal League
    Victor Nascimento - Massachusetts Municipal Association

    With the world of ever-changing technology and the reality of lower travel budgets, associations are
    experimenting with new ways to offer education and trainings for their members. This session will
    address new technologies that state leagues can utilize to reach their broader membership.

  • 10:45 AM
    Crisis Communications: What Your League Needs to Know (Show details)

    Don Reeder - League of Minnesota Cities
    Laura Holloway - Missouri Municipal League

    Nearly all cities, at some time or another, have experienced or will experience the need to develop and deploy a crisis communications strategy --be it the occurrence of 5
    a natural disaster, a heinous criminal act, or even a smaller-scale threat to city government image brought-on by the actions of a single individual. At those times, local officials often find themselves underprepared to deliver concise and consistent key messages that will help to diffuse crises in their communities. State municipal leagues can help member cities prepare for those situations. During this session, we will discuss characteristics of different scenarios that call for a crisis communications strategy, and talk about how your state league can better support members needing assistance with planning for, and delivering, effective messaging during difficult times

  • 12:00 PM
    Lunch and Q &A with Clarence Anthony, NLC Executive Director

  • 1:15 PM
    The “Unconference” (Show details)

    When conference attendees arrive to the meeting in Chicago, they will choose three specific issues they would like to discuss. Conference organizers will then take the ideas and break workshop attendees into groups, allowing staff to discuss timely issues important to them in a roundtable format. Moderators will be on site to help with discussions.

  • 5:00 PM
    Chicago White Sox vs. Atlanta Braves (Show details)

    Sponsored by the Illinois Municipal League, this evening will provide a fun social networking opportunity while enjoying a summer evening out at the ballpark. Join us for dinner and the game as we watch from the Private Bank Fan Deck at U.S. Cellular Field.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • 8:00 AM

  • 9:00 AM
    Closing General Session: The Race for Relevance (Show details)

    Mary Byers - Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations

    This session will provide a bold, no-nonsense look at the realities of today’s marketplace—and what it will take for associations to prosper tomorrow. Includes the six challenges facing associations and how they affect your work. This program is not only focused on the "what," of association management for the future but more importantly, the "why" and "how." Plus: thought-provoking ideas to help you increase your effectiveness and the time, space and guidance necessary to chart the next quarter of your professional life. Features individual worksheets, small group discussions and individualized work time designed to help you achieve maximum productivity.


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  1. Bach, Matt
    Michigan Municipal League
  2. Banks, Carrie
    Alabama League of Municipalities
  3. Bechamps, Michelle
    Bechamps & Associates, LLC.
  4. Beltramo, Wade
    New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials
  5. Byers, Mary
    Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations
  6. Cavanaugh, Kyra
    Life Meets Work Inc.
  7. Clarke, Alexander
    National League of Cities
  8. Coleman, Carolyn
    League of California Cities
  9. Cufaude, Jeffrey
    Idea Architects
  10. Daley, Richard
  11. DeLorenzo, David
    National League of Cities
  12. Dudley, Scott
    Florida League of Cities Inc
  13. Geary, Sarah
    Alaska Municipal League
  14. Hill, Jessica
    Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  15. Holloway, Laura
    Missouri Municipal League
  16. Markovitz, Gail
    The Pennsylvania Municipal League
  17. McGahan, Will
    National League of Cities
  18. Miller, Tom
    National Research Center
  19. Nascimento, Victor
    Massachusetts Municipal Association
  20. Payne, Allison
    Florida League of Cities Inc
  21. Powell, Erica
    Georgia Municipal Association
  22. Reeder, Don
    League of Minnesota Cities
  23. Schatteman, Joseph
    Illinois Municipal League
  24. Sharp, Jessica
    National Research Center
  25. Shepherd, Rob
    North Carolina Interlocal Risk Management Agency (Risk Pool)
  26. Tanner, Yalonde
    Georgia Municipal Association
  27. Thompson, Chuck
    International Municipal Lawyers Association
  28. Walker, Jo
    Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities
  29. White, Lisa
    Colorado Municipal League