PSATS Northwest 2022 Regional Forum - 8/4/22 - Erie

PSATS’ Regional Forums are back! This series of full-day educational sessions is scheduled for multiple locations statewide. Learn more about issues that matter to your community, discuss common interests with other local leaders, earn PMGA and other professional credits, and attend specialized workshops designed for township officials. This educational event will be the perfect opportunity to hear from experts on the local issues that matter to you and your municipality.

Eligible for 3 CLE Credits

* Handouts will be emailed to registrants the week of the event. No hard-copy handouts will be distributed at the forum.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking


9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

David M. Sanko, Executive Director, PSATS, and Scott E. Coburn, Esq., Counsel & Director of Education, PSATS


9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

• Keys to Supervisory Success

In this session, township supervisors and employees will be given specific keys to successfully overseeing employees. We will discuss employee engagement and empowerment and ways in which to transform employees to increase their productivity for the benefit of the township and its residents.

Bill Cox, Executive Consultant, and John Nick, President, J.L. Nick & Associates


10:25 - 11:25 a.m. (choose one)

• Expanding Broadband Service in Your Community

This session will provide a practical guide to expanding broadband service in your township. It will first discuss preparing a broadband feasibility study and then provide a step-by-step plan for coordinating and administering the buildout of a wireless and/or wired network. A key component will be tapping available federal funds for broadband deployment.

Daniel S. Cohen, Esq., Founder, Cohen Law Group


• The Latest on Short-Term Rentals

The use of short-term rentals has exploded across the commonwealth and region, making it critical for municipalities to be prepared to address the numerous issues that can result, including resident complaints and registration and zoning challenges. In this session, learn best practices to ensure that your municipality can address these issues head on in an effective and efficient manner.

Timothy S. Wachter, Esq., Shareholder, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.


11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

• Local Regulation of Grid-Scale Solar Projects

Many townships are experiencing an increase in permit applications from solar project developers. This session will share insights from research conducted by Penn State about solar projects at the local level while focusing on common elements in solar zoning ordinances and communication strategies for community discussion of solar projects.

Tom Murphy, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research


12:35 - 1:15 p.m.



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

• Disciplining Difficult Employees

Every township has one.....the difficult employee (and hopefully just one!). Whether it is someone who is chronically late to work, is not diligent about getting their work done, or creates a negative environment for the rest of the staff, it is important for supervisors and senior staff to tackle the issues before they get worse. In this session, you will learn how to best handle these situations, including appropriately documenting and communicating discipline.

Matthew S. Lasher, Esq., Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.


• Five Policies Every Township Should Have

In this fast-paced session, we will review several key policies that every township should have in place to better protect itself and position its staff to achieve the township’s goals.

Scott E. Coburn, Esq., Counsel & Director of Education, PSATS


2:25 - 3:25 p.m.

• Who’s the Boss??? A Look at Community Leadership

People can clearly see the leadership qualities in Abraham Lincoln, but many are having a hard time seeing it in current political, business, military, and even religious leaders. Survey after survey shows that confidence in leaders is sinking and suspicion and distrust are rising. Yet there are good leaders working in every organization, large and small. In fact, quality leadership is all around us every day, in all facets of our lives – our families, schools, communities, social clubs, and volunteer organizations, as well as in the world of business, sports, religion, government, and the military. Without good leadership our society would fall apart.

In this session, Gery will examine what makes a good leader and demonstrate what leadership means to you and for your municipality.

Gery T. Nietupski, Esq., Nietupski Angelone LLC


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Q&A and Open Discussion



               August 4, 2022


                9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

                Sheraton Erie Bayfront
                55 W. Bay Road
                Erie, PA  16507

Registration Fee:

                Member* -  $ 99.00

                Non-Member –  $149.00

                CLE Credit - $ 45.00


             *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.

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