PSATS SEO Symposium Workshop Descriptions


Monday April 13, 2013 - 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Google Earth: An Affordable Tool for Municipalities

During this session, attendees will be introduced to Google Earth, a solid source for regional and worldwide maps and satellite images. These affordable services can be powerful communication tools for township supervisors, staff, and planning commissions. The instructor will demonstrate how local officials can use Google Earth to present information and plan and manage projects.
 
Civil Rights vs. Code Enforcement: How to Avoid a Lawsuit
 
In today's litigious society, townships face increased exposure around every corner. The trouble is, very few municipalities adequately train employees on citizens' civil rights. This course explores the laws that govern interaction between code officials and the public. Participants will also walk away with a better understanding of the probable cause requirements for entering properties and useful tips on completing administrative search warrants when entry is denied.
 

Monday April 13, 2013 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 
Google Earth: An Affordable Tool for Municipalities
 
During this session, attendees will be introduced to Google Earth, a solid source for regional and worldwide maps and satellite images. These affordable services can be powerful communication tools for township supervisors, staff, and planning commissions. The instructor will demonstrate how local officials can use Google Earth to present information and plan and manage projects.
 
Right-to-Know Update 2014
 
This session will review significant decisions issued under the Right-to-Know Law in the past year by the courts and the state Office of Open Records. The presenters will also discuss legislative changes and how those affect townships and their procedures for determining what is and isn't a public record.
 
Emerging Technologies on the Internet for Your Township
 
Attend this session to get an education in Internet technologies and tools, including web sites and social media, that can help every township, no matter the size of its budget, keep residents informed about issues, events, and emergencies while reducing phone calls and visits to the municipal office.
 

Monday April 13, 2013 - 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 
Right-to-Know Update 2014
 
This session will review significant decisions issued under the Right-to-Know Law in the past year by the courts and the state Office of Open Records. The presenters will also discuss legislative changes and how those affect townships and their procedures for determining what is and isn't a public record.
 
Emerging Technologies on the Internet for Your Township
 
Attend this session to get an education in Internet technologies and tools, including web sites and social media, that can help every township, no matter the size of its budget, keep residents informed about issues, events, and emergencies while reducing phone calls and visits to the municipal office.
 

Monday April 13, 2013 - 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 
Stormwater 101
Maybe you know that stormwater management is getting a lot of attention, but you still don't completely understand what all the fuss is about. If this sounds familiar, then make plans to attend this session, which will cover the basics about stormwater and managing it. The presenter will also explain new rules that are affecting local governments.
 
Leading the Way through Skillful Collaboration
 
Interpersonal skills are critical when negotiating and problem solving. On top of this, the public expects local leaders to be approachable and receptive to their concerns. When dealing with difficult people, township officials and employees who can communicate effectively will rise to the top and build trust with constituents. This workshop will review different communication styles and how they interact to build successful relationships.
 

Tuesday April 23, 2013 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 
How to Establish a Great (and Legal) Fee Schedule
 
Does your township's fee schedule recover the costs of the services that residents receive? Are your fees to high? Too low? And if your fees are challenged, are you prepared to defend them before a judge? Be sure to attend this session, where you'll learn all about the importance of having an appropriate and equitable fee schedule, which is truly a best management practice for every Pennsylvania municipality.
 
GIS/GPS and Asset Management: Putting a World of Information at Your Fingertips
 
Townships that develop and integrate an asset management system are in a better position to make comprehensive and informed decisions about their current and future infrastructure needs. So be sure to attend this session, where the presenter will discuss the various uses of GIS/GPS and data collection techniques. He will also explain how to develop an asset management program and the importance of data quality.
 

 


Tuesday April 23, 2013 - 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

How to Establish a Great (and Legal) Fee Schedule
 
Does your township's fee schedule recover the costs of the services that residents receive? Are your fees to high? Too low? And if your fees are challenged, are you prepared to defend them before a judge? Be sure to attend this session, where you'll learn all about the importance of having an appropriate and equitable fee schedule, which is truly a best management practice for every Pennsylvania municipality.
 
Optimizing Communications with Your Residents
 
Every resident is different, and that's especially true when its comes to sharing and receiving information. While some may favor their smartphones, others may prefer Facebook or direct mail. This session's presenters will share clues on how to plan an integrated communications strategy to build stronger, responsive resident relationships within the confines of your budget.
 
The Implementation of Innovative Technologies in Asset Maintenance and Management
 
The session will highlight the use of  technology, including smart phones and internet data delivery systems, to help townships maintain and manage their assets. The strategies discussed provide a low-cost alternative to data collection and management. The presenters also will take a look at automatic vehicle locators and their use as a multi-functional management tool.
 
Implementing a Stormwater Management BMP Strategy: Approaches for Municipal Managers to Address Staff
 
Township supervisors and managers have a tough task: identifying the "best" best management practices for managing stormwater and implementing them effectively and efficiently while maintaining permit compliance. This presentation will help townships navigate staff concerns and economic constraints on the road to instituting BMPs.