Summer Signature Symposium

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
8:30 am – 3:30 pm (8:00 am check-in)

The California Endowment – Oakland Conference Center
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor – Elevator to 7th Floor located by Peet’s Coffee
Oakland, CA 94607

Early Bird 
 through June 30, 2016
July 1 through July 8, 2016
MMANC Member  $80 $90
Nonmember  $100 $110
MMANC Student Member $55 $55

Morning Session Description

*The Role of Objective Thinking in an Uncertain World
This interactive session focuses on strategies to achieve “objective” thinking in an uncertain world. In this session, we will explore the following questions:

  • What is “objective” data?
  • In highly-charged political environments, what kinds of data are valid?
  • How do we generate valid data?
  • What are the best mindsets to sort through values, biases, and other kinds of subjectivity?
  • What are some strategies for presenting our best professional judgments, especially when there is no right or wrong solutions?

The session will include mini-case studies, small group discussions and an exercise in objective thinking about an adaptive challenge.

Dr. Frank Benest, ICMA

*CGL credit for Objective Thinking core course.

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions Descriptions

*Successful Project Management: What Does It Really Take?
Project Management has now become an essential part of our jobs, even though “project management” may not be included specifically in our job descriptions. There is a belief that somehow, we already know how to successfully manage and work on projects as if it is something we inherently know how to do. Yet project management takes insight and skill.  There are many factors and moving parts to consider – some obvious and some not so obvious, from the project’s inception to full and final completion. How to best prepare so the project is successful?  What are the pitfalls to avoid? What are the proper tools and resources available to us as project managers to ensure success? This session will delve into those questions in an interactive and meaningful way using a combination of lecturette, small group discussion, and case studies.

*CGL credit for Project Management core course.

Wandzia Rose 

Dave Spiller

*Public Infrastructure Planning
The obvious and sad physical deterioration of our communities’ streets, roadways, parks, public buildings, medians, etc. is a direct result of the continuing lack of investment in our local infrastructure.  So…are your community’s facilities an asset or liability? The answer is that they are both!  Come find out why as we explore the world of capital improvement program (CIP) development and financing.  You will have an opportunity to enhance your understanding of funding alternatives and strategies associated with a comprehensive, multi-year capital improvement plan, and the dividend benefits of adequate capital planning and spending.  This highly informative session will give you real-world insights on how to successfully fund, advocate and market infrastructure investment in today’s challenging economic and political environment.

*CGL credit for the Public Infrastructure Planning elective course.

Marvin Rose
Jamie Copeland