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Summer Workshops and Webinars

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Take a look at all of the CSDA professional development workshops and webinars coming to you this summer!

Click the links for more information on each and to register.

 

Webinar: Best Practices in Managing Investments
When: July 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special districts are faced with the challenge of meeting their constituents’ needs of earning higher yields without taking on excess liquidity risk or risk to principal preservation. In this difficult rate environment, many investors are choosing to avoid markets entirely, maintaining significant balances in deposit accounts.The opportunity cost of keeping investment dollars fully liquid shows up through missed earning opportunities. By developing a cash balance forecast and linking expected net cash flows to suitable investment alternatives, special districts can satisfy the needs of their stakeholders. Join us as we discuss cash balance forecasting, the investment process, how to implement investment strategies, and understanding California Government Code Section 53601.

Webinar: Records Retention & Management in Electronic Age
When: July 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Considering modern business practices, records retention has become increasingly convoluted and the management of various records, including electronic documents, impacts many departments within each special district. Changes in technology have played an integral role throughout the process, while sometimes creating more questions than answers. This workshop provides attendees with the latest legal provisions, procedures to consider and the overlay with technology throughout the process.

Webinar: How to Communicate Effectively Using Online Tools
When: July 27, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s important to keep in touch with your constituents, but the number of options to do so can seem overwhelming. At this webinar, we’ll talk about some of the tools agencies are using to connect with their communities and which tools are appropriate for different situations and types of communication. What needs to go on your website? How often should you send emails? Should you be using Facebook or Twitter to make important announcements? How can you effectively use polls and surveys to learn what matters most to your constituents? We’ll discuss this and more on this informative webinar.

Workshop: Human Resources Boot Camp for Special Districts
When: August 9, 2017,  8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Where: Greater Vallejo Recreation District

Are you prepared to face the important trends that are emerging now? This full day HR Boot Camp that will cover cutting edge information that HR professionals at special districts need to know. Divided into four segments: Hiring, Performance Evaluation, Employee Discipline, and Legal Trends, this day is designed to maximize your time and give you substantive information you can use at your districts right away. Attendees will get answers to their burning HR questions, including best practices that other HR professionals are using, as well as easy mistakes that others have made.

Workshop: Financial Management for Special Districts
When: August 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cucamonga Valley Water District

Money, money, money…It’s on everyone’s mind and on your job description. Make sure you understand the full scope of financial information affecting special districts today. From budgeting and internal controls to long term planning and capital improvement plans. Attendees will get the information they need to begin to assess the overall financial health of their district and steps needed to make positive changes.

Workshop: The Art of the Message
When: August 15, 2017,  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: CSDA Training Center

This is an interactive session in which we will practice messaging for real issues facing special districts, as well as explore techniques for using those messages effectively when it counts • in meetings, at social or civic gatherings, in news interviews, and anywhere else you have the power to help shape the narrative on behalf of your district.

Workshop: Understanding the Brown Act
When: August 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: North of the River Recreation and Park District

The Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meetings law, provides legal requirements to help ensure the right of access to information and transparency in local government decision making. This workshop will guide attendees through the ins and outs of the Brown Act, including:

  • What constitutes a meeting – including committees, advisory boards, and serial meetings;
  • Information on different types and manner of conducting meetings – including special meetings, emergency meetings, and closed sessions;
  • Agenda requirements, notice requirements, and public participation at meetings; and
  • Potential penalties for violating the Brown Act.

Webinar: Fraud Environment – Tips for Detection and Controls
When: August 17, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

This webinar will discuss the fraud environment that special districts can face. We will also look at ways you can prevent or detect these frauds as well as ideas on how to strengthen internal controls. We will discuss techniques and profiles of a typical fraudster.

Webinar: Customer Service in the Public Sector
When: August 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Unlike many businesses that provide customer service, public service providers are often the only game in town. This customer service training program is designed for public employees who routinely deliver services in the field. This class will explore the Three Dimensions of Service as they apply to your agency: the human dimension, the business dimension, and the hidden dimension.

Workshop: Understanding the Brown Act
When: August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: South Feather Water and Power

The Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meetings law, provides legal requirements to help ensure the right of access to information and transparency in local government decision making. This workshop will guide attendees through the ins and outs of the Brown Act, including:

  • What constitutes a meeting – including committees, advisory boards, and serial meetings;
  • Information on different types and manner of conducting meetings – including special meetings, emergency meetings, and closed sessions;
  • Agenda requirements, notice requirements, and public participation at meetings; and
  • Potential penalties for violating the Brown Act.

Workshop: Staying in Compliance: Understand Special District Laws
When: August 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Oxnard Harbor District

Attendees will receive an overview of the latest updates and protocols for closed session. An understanding of the Public Records Act. Current legislative developments and/or updates. An understanding of the Political Reform Act. An overview of Government code 1090, which addresses contractual conflicts of interests. AB1234 Compliance Training.

Workshop: Understanding the Brown Act
When: August 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Port San Luis Harbor District

The Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meetings law, provides legal requirements to help ensure the right of access to information and transparency in local government decision making. This workshop will guide attendees through the ins and outs of the Brown Act, including:

  • What constitutes a meeting – including committees, advisory boards, and serial meetings;
  • Information on different types and manner of conducting meetings – including special meetings, emergency meetings, and closed sessions;
  • Agenda requirements, notice requirements, and public participation at meetings; and
  • Potential penalties for violating the Brown Act.

Webinar: Legislative Round-Up
When: August 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Free bi-annual webinar series for CSDA members only. Each year the State Legislature introduces thousands of bills; hundreds have potentially serious implications for special districts. Hear from CSDA’s advocacy team about the most significant bills and how they will impact your ability to deliver essential services, maintain and build infrastructure, raise and protect revenue sources, manage personnel and more. Ask your questions directly to CSDA’s lobbyists walking the capitol halls and learn how your district can join the advocacy effort.

 

 


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