|Whether you are missing not making the trip to Hershey for the PSATS 2021 Annual Educational Conference or have not yet had the opportunity to attend a PSATS Annual Educational Conference, PSATS has a great offer for you! Between April 26 and May 31, PSATS will be hosting almost all of the 2021 conference workshops through its virtual classroom so that you can watch from the comfort of your home or office. Learn from experts on an incredibly wide variety of township administration, public safety, public works, and planning and zoning topics and gain valuable knowledge and insight that you can immediately put to work to benefit your townships.|
For just $99, you can attend approximately 60 PSATS Virtual Conference Workshops, all of which will be available live and on-demand. Members of the PSATS Municipal Government Academy will also be able to receive up to 5 PMGA points and attorneys will be able to receive CLE credits for many of the workshops.
|Below are the PSATS Virtual Conference Workshops with registration links live as of March 8. Check back as more will be added.|
20 Great Policies, Procedures, and Forms - Virtual - 4/26/21Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/26/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)
When it comes to developing new and better ways do get the job done right, township officials are second to none. In this fun and face-paced workshop, you'll learn a variety of interesting policies and procedures -- from common sense to creative -- that are designed to enhance your community's day-to-day operations. You'll also receive some great and attractive forms that your staff and residents will love.
20 Ways to Improve Your Public Meetings - Virtual - 4/26/21Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/26/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
It's time for your monthly meeting, and you couldn't be more excited! Well, maybe not...which is understandable because public meetings can sometimes get difficult. If you grow a little anxious as meeting day approaches, this session is for you. Learn how to build a better meeting structure, prepare better meeting materials, improve communications with residents, and more!
Why Saving With COSTARS is Sweeter Than a Chocolate Bar! - Virtual - 4/27/21Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/27/2021 at 9:30 AM (EDT)
Attend this session to learn about COSTARS, including tips for navigating the website, searching contracts, and negotiating with suppliers to save taxpayer money on goods and services. The presenters will share money-saving success stories from COSTARS members, and participants will have the opportunity to share their own.
Right-to-Know Law Update: The Second Decade - Virtual - 4/27/21Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/27/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
This session will explore significant Right-to-Know Law decisions in the last year from both the courts and the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. The presenters will also review legislative changes that affect your open records procedures and public record determinations.
Free Speech Can be Costly - Virtual - 4/27/21Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/27/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)
We live in a “call-out” culture, and when employees post controversial, politically charged, or even racist or sexist statements or images, employers feel the pressure. This session explores how townships can balance an employee’s right to free speech with its need to prevent disruption and unrest in the workplace. The presenters will examine recent court cases and share real-world actions that townships can take when investigating and assessing public complaints about employee speech.
Can We Talk? The Three C's for Increased Roadway Safety - Virtual - 4/28/21Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/28/2021 at 9:00 AM (EDT)
In 2019, 44 emergency responders were killed in secondary crashes, and hundreds if not thousands of motorists and emergency responders were injured. So far in 2020, 33 emergency responders have been killed. This session will focus on motorist and responder safety, including how to clear roads and communicate, coordinate, and cooperate more effectively at emergency scenes
Land Use and Zoning Law Update - Virtual - 4/28/21Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/28/2021 at 10:30 AM (EDT)
Attend this session to learn about significant land use and zoning cases in Pennsylvania and changes and developments in related laws. The presenters will discuss how these cases and laws impact municipalities and their planners. Topics will include variances, special exceptions and conditional uses, and spot zoning.
New PENNVEST Financing Opportunities for Your Water Quality Projects - Virtual - 4/28/21Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/28/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)
PENNVEST continues to evolve and improve its funding to support water quality projects and practices. Attend this session to learn about its traditional programs and innovative new methods for funding projects.
Unemployment Compensation 101 - Virtual - 4/29/21Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/29/2021 at 9:30 AM (EDT)
Plan to attend this class, which will include a review of the unemployment system, the claims process, and appeals. A mock hearing is planned, too. You'll also learn about the new web-based UC benefit process that was introduced in October 2020.
Understanding Your Community’s Stormwater Obligations - Virtual - 4/29/21Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/29/2021 at 1:30 PM (EDT)
This program, designed specifically for new township officials, will cover the basics of municipal stormwater management. Topics covered will be helpful to communities with and without municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). And don't worry if you don't know what an MS4 is...you will by the time you leave!
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