2021 Public Sector Virtual Summit: Resiliency on the rise
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Resiliency on the Rise: 2021 public sector virtual summit

Join Baker Tilly's public sector Value Architects™ for our virtual summit!

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.

Baker Tilly public sector summit 2021 Resiliency on the Rise

June 9, 2021 agenda at-a-glance

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

June 16, 2021 agenda at-a-glance

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.

The future economy: opportunities for growth

12:05 - 1 p.m. CT

Presented by Andrew Busch, Economic Futurist

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.”

Learning objectives:
  • Identify the trends and economic forces driving change that impact your organization
  • Discover how innovation, policy changes and social shifts offer opportunities for growth
  • Gain insight into tools to help your community be successful

Leveraging federal dollars for your recovery – ARP and more

1 - 2 p.m. CT

Presented by our public sector American Rescue Plan specialists:
  • Jolena Presti, Managing Director
  • Dan Kennelly, Director, Housing and Economic Development
  • Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center

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.

Learning objectives:
  • Understand how communities can identify spending priorities for ARP and other funding dollars
  • Learn how to build a strategic funding plan aligned to your organization’s long and short-term goals
  • Hear firsthand how communities across the country are navigating and strategically using funds

2021 communities: opportunities to collaborate and build after the pandemic

12:05 - 1 p.m. CT

Baker Tilly moderator:
  • Matt Eckerle, Public Sector Economic Development Practice Leader
Government panelists:
  • Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Kristie McKillip, Director, Duke Energy

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.

Learning objectives:
  • Discuss ways to collaborate with public and private organizations and different government entities to support communities
  • Learn innovative planning strategies for development projects to strengthen and diversify the local economy and meet community needs
  • Review trends and opportunities that position organizations to capitalize on the changing economy and post-pandemic environment

Talent management in a post-pandemic world

1 - 2 p.m. CT

Presented by our public sector human capital specialists:
  • David Eisenlohr, Managing Director, Performance Optimization
  • Edward Williams, Director, Executive Recruitment
  • Jada Kent, Manager, Talent Management
  • Allison LeMay, MPA, IPMA-CP, Manager, Talent Management

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.

Learning objectives:
  • Identify current workforce challenges, trends and opportunities
  • Engage in three powerful strategies to improve recruitment, retention and workforce planning initiatives
  • Apply five ideas to enhance recruiting, retaining and recognizing high-potential public sector leaders and managers

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