Smart Management For Small Communities:
Practical Resources for Governance

A Local Leadership Conference
Minnowbrook Conference Center
Blue Mountain Lake, NY | April 22-24, 2014

Seminars, Workshops, Discussions,
Project Sharing and Networking Sessions


Training Topics Include:

Funding Projects
– Finance Tools and Grant Writing
– The REDC’s and You
– State and Federal Funding Roundtable

Process Facilitation
– Leadership Training
– Community Engagement
– Rural, Character-Based Zoning and Planning

Environmental Projects
– Agriculture and Water Resources
– Disaster Mitigation

Supervisors, Mayors, Council/Board Members,
Clerks, and Other Interested Community Leaders

Visit for more information and to register. Early registration is available December 2nd through January 31st. After January 31st, regular rates will apply. Contact Brad DeFrees at (315) 558.8046 or with any questions. Contact with personnel or address changes.

Conference Agenda:

Tuesday, April 22
Registration and Light Lunch
Welcome and Program Sharing

Melissa Young, Assistant Director, Syracuse EFC
Leadership Development Part One: Telling Your Story
and Conversation Mapping

Sarah Diefendorf | Executive Director, EFCWest
Lauralee Barbaria | Associate Director, EFCWest
NYS EFC Program Updates
Matthew Driscoll | President and CEO, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation
Invasive Species and Your Community
Lindsey Gerstenslager | District Manager, WCSWCD
NYSDEC Representative (Invited)
Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 23
More Ways to Target Municipal Efficiency

Connie Sowards | Project Manager, MRB Group
Diana Smith | Director of Business Development, MRB Group
Federal and State Funding Roundtable
Networking Time
Salt Barn Funding Case Study

Matt Cooper, P.E.,The Bernier Carr Group
Leadership Development Part Two: Effective Messaging
Sarah Diefendorf | Executive Director, EFCWest
Lauralee Barbaria | Associate Director, EFCWest
Networking Reception

Thursday, April 24
Breakfast and Room Check-out
Planning with Geospatial Information Systems

Katie Malinowski | Associate Director of Natural Resources,
NYS Tug Hill Commission

    Mickey Dietrich | GIS Specialist, NYS Tug Hill Commission
Disaster Mitigation, Lessons Learned from Herkimer County
Bill Rabbia | Executive Director,
Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority

George Cryer | Deputy Mayor, Village of Mohawk
The REDCs and You
Khris Dodson | Associate Director, Syracuse EFC
Grant Writing 101
Khris Dodson | Associate Director, Syracuse EFC
Closing Discussion and EFC Updates
Lunch & Ajourn