SPEAKER: Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin MODERATOR: Thomas J. Wieczorek, Retired Manager, Ionia, MI and Director of Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) in Washington, DC
2020 was many things but one major issue that transcends into 2021 and the new Biden Administration is looking at how policing is delivered by communities. Many of the communities that saw problems (including Minneapolis) had policies for active bystandership intervention. However, years of academic research and on-the-ground experience has shown that effective active bystandership must also be taught.
The Georgetown Innovative Policing Program, partnering with global law firm Sheppard Mullin, has created Project ABLE* (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement) to prepare officers to successfully intervene to prevent harm and to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention. Project ABLE is a national hub for training, technical assistance, and research, all with the aim of creating a police culture in which officers routinely intervene as necessary to:
Avoid police mistakes
Promote officer health and wellness.
Building upon a training developed by Dr. Ervin Staub, the Founding Director of a program on the psychology of peace and violence, to help police officers stop unnecessary harmful behavior by fellow officers, in 2014, Dr. Staub, other consultants, and the New Orleans Police Department developed the EPIC Peer Intervention Program. It has attracted major funding from Pepsico, Verizon, Mastercard and others to provide the training to departments at no cost!
We recommend that managers invite their police chiefs to this executive briefing to learn about this exciting project that has already been embraced on a statewide basis by Washington and New Hampshire.
Wednesday, January 27
8:30 – 9:50 am
TAKING ON TEAM ANGRY: WITTY LESSONS ON PRACTICAL STRATEGIES
SPEAKER: Doug Griffiths, President, 13 Ways Inc. & Author of “13 Ways to Kill Your Community” MODERATOR: Nate Geinzer, City Manager, Brighton
In a world where Team Angryseems to be growing larger, angrier, and louder, what no-nonsense and practical approaches can be used to maneuver this new choose your own fact adventure? What can Municipal Executives do to prevent the killing of our communities, civil discourse, and our passion for service?
Doug Griffiths, president of13 Ways Inc.and author of the bestselling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, will pull from the lessons of his lively and fun book throughout a keynote focused on confronting a post 2020 world and facing these questions head on. Doug’s experiences in politics and his latest ventures in helping communities, organizations, and businesses grow stronger, will offer tools, insight, and a bit of wit too:
See through the lies we tell ourselves and each other;
Overcoming bad attitudes;
Targeted and focused tactical planning;
Communicating with those who are afraid of change; and
SETTING THE TONE FOR 2021: BUILDING & LEVERAGING YOUR PERSONAL RESILIENCE RESERVE
SPEAKER:Nicole Lance, CEO, Lance Strategies MODERATOR:Melissa Marsh, City Manager, Madison Heights
One of the most commonly used descriptors for 2020 is “dumpster fire.” It was the year of broken plans, uncertainty, and putting everything on hold. Pandemic fatigue is real, and it's taken a toll on our communities, our teams, and us as individuals. There is a lot of work to be done in 2021, and it's going to require a personal resilience reserve unlike anything we've needed before. This session gives laser-focus to what municipal executives need to do to make sure they are ready to care for their communities, their teams, and themselves so they can execute well on goals. Each attendee will walk away with actionable approaches and specific tactics to help them navigate coming challenges.
11:00 – 11:50 am
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY: A PROBLEM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
SPEAKER:Jacob Vigdor, Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance - University of Washington MODERATOR:Aaron Desentz, City Manager, Eaton Rapids
Housing affordability is not just an issue in California or New York. It is a problem across the country including many of our Michigan communities. But what causes this problem? It isn’t just supply and demand. Jacob Vigdor, Professor at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance - University of Washington will share his research on the subject; discussing the history and modern issues with housing affordability. We will discuss the causes of the high cost of housing in our cities as well as what we can do about it.
Thursday, January 28
8:30 – 9:50 am
ONE CITY'S TEXAS-SIZE STRUGGLE TO AVOID A FINANCIAL CRISIS
SPEAKER: Sheryl Sculley, Former San Antonio City Manager & Author of “Greedy Bastards: One City’s Texas-Size Struggle to Avoid a Financial Crisis” MODERATOR: Julius Suchy, Township Manager, Ada Township
When Sheryl Sculley was recruited to San Antonio in 2005, the organization she inherited was a disorganized mess. City infrastructure was crumbling, strong financial policies and systems were non-existent, many executive positions were vacant, public satisfaction was low, ethical standards were weak and public safety union salaries and benefits were outpacing revenues, crowding out other essential city services. In this keynote session, Sheryl will discuss the strategies she employed to turn around the underperforming organization and her new book Greedy Bastards: One City's Texas Size Struggle to Avoid a Financial Crisis. She will take you behind closed doors to share the hard changes she made and her team's uphill battle to improve San Antonio city government. Many of the issues Sheryl found in San Antonio are present in cities across the US. Packed with wins and losses, lessons learned, and pitfalls encountered, Greedy Bastards is a guidebook for any city official tasked with turning around a struggling city.
10:00 – 10:50 am
TURNING TRADITIONAL BUDGETING ON ITS HEAD
SPEAKER:Andrew Kleine, Former City of Baltimore Budget Director & Author of “City on the Line” MODERATOR:Matthew Baumgarten, City Manager, Berkley
This presentation starts with the premise that traditional budgeting has us stuck in outdated spending patterns that are not responsive to today’s challenges and priorities.
Attendees will learn about a radically different approach – Outcome Budgeting – and its three Disruptive Innovations:
Changing the Starting Point of Budgeting
Putting Outcomes Ahead of the Org Chart
Shifting the Budget Debate
Attendees will see real-world examples and get practical advice on developing community indicators to guide budgeting, defining services to get a closer look at the base budget, evaluating budget proposals based on priority and performance, and telling the budget story in a way that resonates with the public. They will also hear compelling stories of public servants and community members working together to get more value for every tax dollar.
11:00 – 11:50 am
VISION: MME STRATEGIC PLAN
SPEAKER: Heather Carmona, Managing Director, The Nonprofit Spot Alan Levy, Lead Consultant, The Nonprofit Spot MODERATOR:Rebecca Fleury,Incoming MME President; City Manager, Battle Creek
Incoming MME President Rebecca Fleury and NPS consultants will present the plan approved by the Board of Directors in December; the result of a year-long member engagement and outreach effort led by the Strategic Planning Committee. The presentation will highlight the outcomes reflected in the plan’s five key strategic goals, updated mission statement and committee restructuring. The strategic plan also calls for the creation of task forces to address opportunities for ongoing review and improvement to ensure the plan is implemented.