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Council members attend PMLL Summit in Lancaster

LANCASTER — Multiple members of Lock Haven City Council recently attended the Pennsylvania Municipal League Leadership Summit in Lancaster.

Attending were Council Vice President and League board member Steve Stevenson, as well as Council Members Doug Byerly, Rick Conklin, Alex Di Constanzo, and Barb Masorti. Officials taking part in the Municipal Leadership Summit share resources and innovative ideas, discuss issues of mutual concern, and participate in a wide-array of educational and professional development sessions designed to address the ways and means of meeting the pressing challenges of municipal management and good governance.

League President Philadelphia Councilmember Derek Green presided over the summit, a joint conference of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (The League) and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners (PSATC), which started Oct. 7 and ran through Oct. 9 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.

“The Pennsylvania Municipal League is pleased to be hosting our Municipal Leadership Summit, offering both virtual and in-person formats,” said League Executive Director Richard J. Schuettler. “This is an historic event as our respective municipal groups come together and provide unprecedented professional development opportunities.”

“It is an honor to preside over this, my final Municipal Leadership Summit, as League President,” said Green. “This has been an extraordinarily challenging time for all of us and through it all, we are persevering. The league’s collective efforts to prioritize and meet the needs of Pennsylvanians during this historical time are to be commended. That is why events like the Municipal Leadership Summit are so important — whether in a virtual or in-person format — to ensure like-minded leaders and individuals from every corner of the Commonwealth have an opportunity to engage with each other and work together on behalf of their constituencies.”

The summit began Oct. 4 with a playground build at Milburn Park where the league partnered with KABOOM!, The City of Lancaster, The GIANT Company, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Highmark, Penn State Health, and The Lancaster County Community Foundation to create a kid-inspired, state-of-the-art new playground for hundreds of neighborhood children in southeast Lancaster city to enjoy. This is the 12th playground project the league has organized for Pennsylvania communities since 2010.

Thursday, Oct. 7 started with a meeting of the Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association and the league’s board meeting as well as a special session on “Why Equity Matters and How it Can be Achieved,” followed by the opening ceremony where Green and PSATC President Nate Silcox welcomed and addressed summit delegates.

Council members in attendance heard via live video from National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony regarding the strong partnership of the league and NLC and the advocacy success of The American Rescue Plan Act.

During the ceremony, retiring League Executive Director Rick Schuettler was honored and recognized for his leadership with the announcement of the establishment of the Richard J. Schuettler Center for Municipal Development.

In addition to networking opportunities, sessions on Oct. 7 included Economic Outlook — 2021 and Beyond; Lessons Learned and Recommended Strategies for Emerging Out of the Pandemic and Post George Floyd; Efficiencies in Community Park Maintenance and Open Space Management; and Vision Zero Harrisburg.

At Friday, Oct. 8’s Awards Breakfast, Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Kerry Benninghoff and Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development, Department of Community and Economic Development Rick Vilello join to address delegates.

During the ceremony, the 2021 Community Partnership Award was presented to Business Leaders Network member AT&T, and the winners of the John A. Garner, Jr. Civic Engagement Essay Scholarship Contest were announced as well as the Easton Voting Award winner, the City of Monongahela. DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn address delegates via video as well.

In Oct. 8’s agenda included the league’s Resolutions Committee Meeting and PSATC’s Executive Committee Meeting and Annual Business Meeting, as well as additional sessions including: Overview of Deloitte’s 2021 Human Capital Trends and Adaptive Workplaces; Phone a Friend: How to Maximize the Council-Manager Relationship; GIS and Story Maps: Connecting with your Community; The Latest & Greatest on DEP’s Local Climate Action Program; Planning for Change: Local Government Succession Planning; and Planning for Adaptive Reuse in Chester County.

Members of the league’s Business Leaders Network presented sessions including: Broadband Deployment 101; HomeServe Water Infrastructure Solutions for Municipalities and Residents; MUA Energy Program; Updates on First Net: National Public Safety Broadband Network; American Rescue Plan Act Update; Cost Savings in Your Health Insurance Program; and Rates Go Up, Rates Go Down – You Just Need to Have A Plan.

At Saturday, Oct. 9’s General Session Breakfast, the league welcomed Auditor General Tim DeFoor to the summit and heard, via video messages, from Pennsylvania Senate leaders Senator Jay Costa and Senator Jake Corman.

The League’s Annual Business Meeting took place the same day, where legislative priorities were established for the coming year and officers elected to serve on the League Board of Directors.

The summit wrapped up with a session on “Emerging Issues in 21st Century Policing and a Legislative Update.”

About The Pennsylvania Municipal League

The mission of the Pennsylvania Municipal League is to strengthen, empower and advocate for effective local government. The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities. Today, The League represents Pennsylvania cities, boroughs, townships, home rule communities and towns that all share their municipal policy interests. The Board of Directors oversees the administration of a wide array of municipal services including legislative advocacy, publications, education/training, consulting-based programs, and group insurance trusts. For more information, please visit PML.org. Join the conversation at twitter.com/PAMunicipalLeag and facebook.com/PaMunicipalLeague — #MunicipalLeadershipSummit21, #StrengthThroughEngagement.

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