• Webinar - Managing Truck Traffic on Local Roads - 9/25/19

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Managing truck traffic on local read is a difficult balancing act for many municipalities in Pennsylvania. While trucks need access to pick and deliver goods, many local roads are not suitable for truck travel. Recent changes in state law, including Act 31 of 2018, add more complications and the potential for more truck traffic. In this webinar, you will learn about: (1) current state laws and regulations on truck access and restrictions, (2) traffic study requirements and options for restricting truck traffic, and (3) local truck traffic issues, problems and solutions.

  • Regional Fall Forum - 9/23-24/19 - Indiana County

    Contains 3 Component(s), 4 credits offered

    Come join peers from throughout your region to learn about and discuss a variety of township-related topics in numerous workshops and general sessions. This educational event will be the perfect opportunity to hear from experts on the local issues that matter to you and your municipality.

  • Webinar - Township Websites: Ensuring Accessibility for All Residents - 8/21/19

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 08/21/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar is designed to provide participants with up-to-date information regarding how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its nondiscrimination requirements apply to municipal websites. In this webinar, Sam Mastovich of GovUnity Websites will review the technologies that people with disabilities use to access the Internet and your municipality’s website, how poorly-designed websites can restrict the use of residents with disabilities, the ADA requirements and best practices that municipalities can implement to ensure appropriate website accessibility.

  • Webinar - Workers Compensation (and More) for Volunteer fire Companies - 8/7/19

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 08/07/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will review workers’ compensation benefits and how and how they apply to volunteer firefighters who provide fire service to your townships. Other topics to be addressed by the presenter, Andrew DiProspero of H.A. Thomson Co., include the powers of special fire police, junior firefighters, cost sharing for services, and the challenges presented by the Cancer Presumption Act.

  • Webinar - Electronic Records Management and the Municipal PDF/A Policy - 7/17/19

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 07/17/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    The Pennsylvania State Archives announced earlier this year that municipalities are now able to keep permanent records exclusively in electronic form (no paper or microfilm copy required!). But this policy change does have several requirements, most notably that permanent electronic records must be kept in PDF/A format. What does this mean for your municipality and its record keeping responsibilities? Join archivist Tyler Stump and learn about the new policy and how electronic recordkeeping requirements are changing. Stump will also be discussing electronic records best practices that can help your township effectively and efficiently store its electronic records.

  • Webinar - Planning for Private Water Supplies - 7/10/19

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 07/10/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Private water wells and springs are vital to Pennsylvania’s rural water infrastructure, which provides drinking water to approximately 3 million residents and farms. Because Pennsylvania lacks state regulations covering private water supplies, their proper management becomes the voluntary responsibility of homeowners who often lack a proper understanding of how they should be managed. In this webinar, Peter Wulfhorst with Penn State Extension will review results obtained from over 30 years of research and outreach, help municipal officials understand how they can help ensure the viability of private drinking water supplies, and provide available resources for municipalities and homeowners.

  • Navigating the Ethics Act Minefield- 6/20/19 - Monroe County

    Contains 3 Component(s), 2 credits offered

    This class will provide municipal officials and employees with a better understanding of their many obligations under the state's Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. Topics to be covered include conflicts of interest and other restricted activities, voting conflicts, statements of financial interest, resources to rely upon, and much more. Real life scenarios will be used as a teaching tool to help attendees avoid common missteps and illustrate best practices.

  • Webinar - Rethinking Parking Requirements Using Drone Imagery - 5/29/19

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 05/29/2019 at 9:45 AM (EDT)

    Does your township have shopping areas and office parks with underutilized parking areas? In Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, drone flights over parking lots show many shopping areas and office parks are underparked, even during peak hours. While parking minimums have been standard practice in the planning world for decades, little research has been used to calculate the number of spaces actually needed per land use. This webinar will provide a review of parking requirements in general, the drone imagery collection process used by Susquehanna Township, examples of trends and changes in parking requirements, and suggestions for potential updates to your parking ordinances.

  • Webinar - ABC's of Municipal Bidding - 5/22/19

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 05/22/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Not sure whether your municipality is complying with its’ purchasing obligations or just looking for ways to be more efficient when purchasing? In this webinar, Jason Snyder will discuss the requirements that municipalities must satisfy when bidding public contracts to procure materials, equipment, and services. Mr. Snyder will also review limitations on purchases, quotes, and bids, as well as current exemptions from municipal bidding, (including DGS/COSTARS piggyback contracts). He will also discuss prevailing wage advertising and bonding requirements. The webinar will include an electronic download of the Pennsylvania Purchasing Handbook.

  • On-Demand Webinar - Are You Ready for Short-Term Rentals in Your Community

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This webinar will address the growth of short-term rentals in communities nationwide. Claudia Shank of McNees Wallace & Nurick will explain how municipalities can regulate short-term rentals and lessons learned from recent Pennsylvania court cases.

  • Considering Riparian Forest Buffers

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Riparian Forest Buffers (RFPs) can provide many benefits to municipalities across PA. RFB benefits include streambank stabilization, reduced erosion, MS4 credit opportunities, improved water quality, enhanced recreational opportunities, and much more. This webinar will cover a range of topics to help municipalities understand and consider RFP installation, including: opportunities to plan RFBs to meet specific municipality needs, funding avenues, and proper planning and maintenance RFBs.

  • Crisis Management: Communication and Planning

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Today's communications require agility and attentiveness to the needs of the public and your community partners and employees. For municipalities, understanding how to leverage effective communications across their websites and other owned content, social networks and through effective media relations requires planning and foresight. Mandy Arnold, CEO of Gavin, a public relations and crisis communications firm, will review best practices and top tips for planning for an issue or crisis situation. Gain key insights into effective communications to avoid a potential crisis, essential steps to starting a communications plan, and messaging with partners under various scenarios. You will have an opportunity to ask questions that will be answered by a communications professional who has managed national and local crisis situations for small and large clients alike.

  • Do You Need Help Attracting the Right Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In thison-demand webinar, experienced architects from Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site will discuss strategies for ways in which municipal officials and administrators can identify uses for municipal assets (land and buildings) and strategies for attracting the right kind of development within their communities.

  • Do You Need Help Attracting the Right Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In this webinar, experienced architects from Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site will discuss strategies for ways in which municipal officials and administrators can identify uses for municipal assets (land and buildings) and strategies for attracting the right kind of development within their communities.

  • Erasing Blight through Eminent Domain

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This webinar will discuss how communities can use eminent domain to facilitate public projects and combat blight. The presenters will discuss the prerequisites for using the condemnation power and the government authorities that may be involved, particularly for blighted properties. Participants will get practical tips for planning public projects, addressing blight, and coordinating projects with engineers, appraisers, and attorneys.

  • Using Conservation Easements to Protect Open Space

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    A conservation easement is a tool for achieving conservation in the public interest that doesn’t rely on regulation yet allows private landowners to maintain ownership and control of their land. Millions of acres have been conserved using it. This webinar, presented by knowledgeable and experienced staff from the Pa. Land Trust Association, will help you understand this tool so that you can better evaluate its use by your township. It will also help you understand what factors you should consider in setting the conservation objectives, restrictive covenants, and other terms that are set forth in the legal document that establishes the easement.

  • PA's One Call: New Law, New Rules

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In this webinar, join representatives of PA One Call as they discuss changes made to the PA One Call Law through Act 50 of 2017 and how those changes will affect your townships and residents.