Smart Management for Small Communities Conference: Practical Resources for Governance 2015

Smart Management for Small Communities: Practical Resources for Governance
April 21-23, 2015 | Minnowbrook Conference Center
Maple Lodge Rd, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

Please Note: This conference is full and registration is now closed.

Training Will Include
State and Federal Funding Roundtable, Leadership Training and Tools, Watershed Management for Rural Municipalities, Natural Disaster Resilience Planning and Climate Change Adaptation, and Municipal Operation Efficiency

All-Inclusive Pricing
EACH PRICE INCLUDES lodging for TWO nights, ALL meals and snacks, and conference registration fees and programming. Register before March 31 to avoid late rates.

Local Municipalities: $260

Non-Profit/Regional-Federal Government Agencies: $320

For-Profit Organizations: $480

Tentative Agenda
Tuesday, April 21

– Understanding and Incorporating Persuasive Techniques to Motivate Action

– NYS EFC Program Updates

– New Asset Management Requirements (Tentative)

– Networking Reception

Wednesday April 22

– Comprehensive Planning

– Funding Roundtable with USDA, EFC, DOS, NYSHCR, NYSERDA

– Watershed 101

– Using PESTEL and Wind Tunnel Tools to Future-Proof and Build Strategies for Your Community

– Networking Reception

Thursday, April 23 – Half Day

– Product Stewardship

– 2 Additional Sessions TBD

Who Should Attend
Supervisors and Mayors, Council/Board Members, Clerks, Engineers, and other interested community leaders

Please contact Kathy Forrest at for administrative questions. For questions about the program, please contact Brad DeFrees at

About the Venue
This unique twenty-eight acre retreat owned and operated by Syracuse University is a multiple building complex designed in rustic charm with modern amenities. Located on sparkling Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Minnowbrook is designed in the lavish, grand-lodge style of the nineteenth century.

New to Our 2015 Program
Before our conference program begins for the day on April 22, attendees will have the opportunity to attend an optional light stretching session led by our very own Melissa Young. Melissa is certified with the Pranotthan Yoga School and studied at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. This session will include gentle stretching for all skill levels and ages. If you plan to attend, please bring comfortable clothing suitable for stretching.