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

Online registration for this conference is now closed.

Please contact Kathy Forrest at or 315-443-1131 to arrange late registration and room assignments. Rates after April 1 are as follows: Local Municipalities: $310, Non-Profit/Regional-Fed Government Agencies: $380, For-Profit Organization: $570

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

Attendees: Supervisors, Mayors, Council/Board Members,

Clerks, and Other Interested Community Leaders

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.

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