|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.|
All Recorded Workshops
20 Great Policies, Procedures, and Forms - Virtual - 4/26/21
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 - 4/26/21
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!
2021 Employment and Labor Law Potpourri - Virtual - 5/19/21Includes Credits
This session will update township officials on recent changes in employment and labor laws, regulations, and court decisions. Topics will include the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Affordable Care Act, collective bargaining, employment discrimination and harassment, and more.
Accessing Highway Right-Of-Way: Whether you Want to or Not! - Virtual - 5/25/21
PennDOT and municipal roadways are used for a lot more than just passenger vehicle travel. This presentation will discuss three different ways that roadways can be used – intentionally or not!
Assessing Your Township’s Cyber Security Readiness - Virtual - 5/18/21
In this workshop, you will learn about research conducted by Penn State regarding the level of security readiness of Pennsylvania municipalities. The survey focused on three major security elements: (1) infrastructure, (2) literacy, and (3) actual use. The infrastructure element measured each municipality’s access to security-relevant resources, such as security software, physical security countermeasures, human resources, and outsourcing.
Building and Rebuilding - Public Trust in Local Government - Virtual - 5/12/21Includes Credits
This session will focus on the decline of public trust in government and offer strategies that local leaders can use to build - and rebuild - it with the public. The presenters will explore the critical role of communication and the unique role that local government can play in the trust-building process.
Can We Talk? The Three C's for Increased Roadway Safety - Virtual - 4/28/21
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
Case Studies in Code Enforcement - Virtual - 5/20/21Includes Credits
Using case studies, the presenters will discuss the proper enforcement of municipal codes, including nuisance ordinances and property maintenance and building codes. Participants will also learn about options available to deal with noncompliant properties and how to recognize those that require legal action.
Claims of Racism at Your Doorstep: What is a Township to Do? - Virtual - 5/11/21Includes Credits
What happens when a claim of racism is made against your township's police department, and reporters start camping out at your meetings? The answer: Be prepared. Attend this session to learn how to take a proactive response to allegations of racism, including what to do before and after a claim is made and how to prepare for the future.
Collaborating for Healthier Waters and a Stronger Ag Economy - Virtual - 5/26/21
More than ever, residents recognize the benefits of buying local foods and supporting farmers. Townships are also recognizing that they can build strong relationships with their farming community to achieve mutual goals, including healthier waters and a vibrant agricultural sector. During this panel discussion, you'll learn how townships have taken action to protect, preserve, and enhance farmland while enhancing the local economy and preserving the community’s rural character.
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