This year's theme, Resiliency on the Rise, represents the unique opportunities state and local governments, schools, tribes and municipal utilities have to strengthen communities and support people after an unparalleled year of operating through the pandemic.
The summit is fully virtual, taking place throughout two afternoons on June 9 and 16, 2021. Check out the engaging agenda and dynamic speakers we have lined up, and register today! Attendees are eligible to receive up to four (4) CPE credits.
12 - 12:05 p.m. CT - Welcome remarks from Vicki Hellenbrand, Public Sector Practice Managing Partner
12:05 - 1 p.m. CT - [KEYNOTE] The future economy: opportunities for growth
1 - 2 p.m. CT - [WEBINAR] Leveraging federal dollars for your recovery – ARP and more
2 - 2:30 p.m. CT - [NETWORKING] Idea sharing breakout sessions
12 - 12:05 p.m. CT - Welcome remarks from Matt Eckerle, Public Sector Economic Development Practice Leader
12:05 - 1 p.m. CT - [PANEL DISCUSSION] 2021 communities: opportunities to collaborate and build after the pandemic
1 - 2 p.m. CT - [WEBINAR] Talent management in a post-pandemic world
See below for session description, speaker and learning objective information. Save your seat early by registering here.
12:05 - 1 p.m. CT
The world is going to see more economic change in the next 5 years than we have seen in the last 100 years. 2021 will be transformational as trends super-charged by the pandemic fully exert themselves on the economy. AI, robots, Zoom, ESG and bitcoin are just a few of the extraordinary tools being leveraged right now to help organizations be more resilient, adapt and thrive. As a futurist and economist, Andy dives deep into exploring how innovation, policy changes and societal shifts drive opportunities for growth. Are you thinking about how to run your community better or how you can advance it faster? How are you challenging yourself with new ideas, new concepts, new innovation? Can you understand the economic forces driving change to lead you in transforming your organization and adapting your strategy to take control of the future? Andy says, “Let’s solve these problems together by getting you the tools you need to be successful.”
1 - 2 p.m. CT
Imagine that, over the past year, your organization received a significant amount of federal dollars, significant enough to address many new and previously unmet needs in your community. How would you use those dollars?
Over the past year, with receipt of funding from the CARES Act and other state specific funding, and the planned distribution of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), American Jobs Plan and other stimulus packages, organizations no longer need to imagine this scenario. It is real world. This presentation will discuss how organizations can meet these needs by undertaking a strategic funding review that aligns spending to the organization’s long and short-term priorities. We will also discuss how to create alliances and collaborations with other groups to leverage the disbursements your entity receives. The presentation will include real life examples from two organizations that have effectively used strategic planning to advance their community’s agenda.
12:05 - 1 p.m. CT
Economic vitality is a universal goal for most communities. Achieving this goal is influenced by public and private market changes, which the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted. In the post-pandemic era, a new federal administration also puts forward significantly different priorities, affecting federal funding and initiatives, including climate change and energy. But with change comes opportunity. Public sector organizations have a unique opportunity to leverage American Rescue Plan funding, but beyond that, to work together with local, regional and/or statewide public and private entities to reopen, recover and reset their communities. With increasing focuses on workforce development and reinvigoration to meet the needs of an evolving economy, public education, housing, economic development, ESG and infrastructure needs that range from municipal utilities to roads to broadband and beyond, now is the time to plan for innovative projects and strategize how to attract investors to your community that support your constituents’ priorities and create a sustainable future for residents. This interactive panel discussion will highlight the importance of developing partnerships to create a strong, collaborative community that is positioned to grow and prosper, and provide ideas on how to take advantage of the current trends and opportunities the pandemic and economic changes present.
1 - 2 p.m. CT
COVID-19 severely impacted the public sector and its talent pool. Many organizations have had to make significant changes to organizational structures – and even compensation philosophies – to meet community, employee and budgetary needs. This session, led by a panel of public sector human capital and recruitment specialists, will reflect on the various workforce challenges, trends and opportunities faced by state and local governments, schools, tribes and municipal utilities. We will share lessons learned in recruitment and talent management and offer proactive strategies for succession planning, right-sizing classification and compensation, filling less attractive positions and accommodating future remote work and other flexible arrangements. The session will also address the key considerations for organizations to recruit, retain and reward qualified government positions in today’s competitive environment to be an employer of choice for public sector professionals at all stages of their career.