PSATS Northeast 2021 Regional Forum - 11/10/21 - Wilkes-Barre

Come join peers from throughout your region to learn about and discuss a variety of township-related topics.This educational event will be the perfect opportunity to hear from experts on the local issues that matter to you and your municipality. Qualifies for 5 PMGA Points.

If you would like PSATS to provide you with a printed/bound copy of the workshop materials at the Regional Forum, we can absolutely do that. The cost for that will be $10 and can be purchased along with your registration.


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

* Welcome and Introductions

Mary Lehane, Conference and Events Manager, PSATS


9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

* Executive Leadership: From the Battlefield to Town Hall

This session will examine several of the most prominent theories of leadership and the commonalities that define successful leaders in both the military and civilian worlds and offer some common-sense ways to maximize the impact leaders have on their organizations. Participants will be encouraged to define an approach to leadership that makes sense to them and to understand how they function within that paradigm.

Mark Volk, COL. U.S. Army (Retired) and President Emeritus, Lackawanna College


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (choose one)

* Rural by Design

In this session, representatives from Natural Lands will lead a discussion on techniques for conserving a municipality’s rural character as residential and small-scale commercial development occurs. The presentation will include examples from Randall Arendt’s book, which bears the name of this session. The presenter will also include examples of Pennsylvania municipalities that have conserved biodiversity, scenic views, village character, interconnected greenways, and historic landscapes. The presentation will illustrate several rural subdivisions and a commercial center that posed particular challenges, such as ridgeline protection, woodland conservation, and small-town character preservation.

Ann Hutchinson, AICP, Senior Director of Municipal Planning, Natural Lands


* Best Practices for Managing Short-Term Rentals in Your Community

The use of short-term rentals continues to explode around Pennsylvania and the United States. Such rentals can bring the benefit of economic development and tourism dollars to your community but also challenges and complaints if not regulated in an appropriate manner. In this webinar, the presenter will review the current state of short-term rentals in Pennsylvania and provide best practices for how to regulate them.

Shawn F. McGlynn, BCO, ICC, CZO, PENNBOC, BOABC, SFM Consulting LLC


11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

* Update on American Rescue Plan Act Recovery Funds

Is your township struggling with deciding how it will use the American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to it? Or maybe you don’t have the foggiest idea of where to even start. Get answers to all your questions, including what your township can – and cannot – spend the recovery funds on, what your reporting requirements will be, how PSATS and its partner, Zelenkofske Axelrod, can help with resources, and much more. 

Holly Fishel, Policy and Research Director, PSATS


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

* Lunch – Sponsored by Russell Standard Corporation


1:15 - 2:15 p.m. (choose one)

* Just Exactly Where Are We Now?

A Review of Municipal Labor and Employment Law in 2021

In this session, we will review important decisions in labor and employment law affecting municipalities. In addition, we will discuss emerging trends in employee discipline, management, and compensation coming out of the COVID era and cover other best practices in employee management.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott


* How to Find, Map and Manage What You Want to Hit or Miss Before Digging, Drilling or Building

This presentation will provide attendees with an introduction to beneficial applications for municipalities to locate subsurface features for successful project planning. Real-life project examples will be included to allow attendees to learn the benefits of using geophysics, subsurface utility engineering, and geographic information system (GIS) mapping before a shovel ever hits the ground. With GIS, the identified features can all be mapped, managed, and remotely available to municipal staff in the office or field. This seminar will also use project histories to showcase the wide array of available techniques and how they are used to solve a variety of challenges facing municipalities.

Jim Caldwell, Service Area Director, and Felicia Kegel Bechtel, MSc, PG,

Geophysics Service Area Director, RETTEW


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

* Implementing the Township’s Vision: Linking Projects and Initiatives

Do you know where your township is going? Do you know how to get there? In today’s fast-paced environment, where every dollar counts, organizations can get tripped up in the details and miss the projects and initiatives that will move them toward their vision. This presentation will look at ways to link projects and initiatives to your strategic plan to ensure that you achieve long-term goals.

Amy Townson, Senior Manager/Development and Learning Coordinator, Momentum, Inc.


3:30 p.m.

* Program Concludes



               November 10, 2021


                9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


                Mohegan Sun Poconos
                1280 Highway 315
                Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Registration Fee:

                Member* -  $ 75.00

                Non-Member –  $ 125.00


             *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).


Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.