Annual Forum on Local Government

The Meyner Center holds an Annual Forum on Local Government featuring timely topics:

Thirteenth Annual Forum on Local Government (2015): The June, Meyner Center Forum focused on “Cybersecurity for Local Governments.” It was was attended by more than 125 municipal managers, department heads, and elected officials. Presentations were delivered by FireEye COO Kevin Mandia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Chief Information Security Officer Erik Avakian, and South Carolina State Chief Information Security Officer Marcos Vieyra. The program was co-sponsored by Lafayette College’s IDEAL Center and Policy Studies Program; funding for the Forum was provided by Lafayette Ambassador Bank and T&M Associates.

Twelfth Forum (2014): In May, Meyner Center Forum focused on “New Normal in Policing” and was attended by more than 100 municipal and state police, managers, and elected officials. The keynote was delivered by Charles H. Ramsey, Chief of Police of the City of Philadelphia. Other speakers included Paul O’Connell, Iowa College, and Daniel Alexander, Police Chief, Boca Raton, Florida. Lafayette Ambassador Bank ($2,500) and T&M Associates ($2,500) provided funding for the Forum.

Eleventh Annual Forum (2013) focused on “Local Government Under Extreme Stress” and was attended by more than 120 municipal managers and elected officials. The speakers were E. Patricia Llodra, First Selectman, and Michael Kehoe, Police Chief, Newtown, CT, “Rebuilding After the Sandy Hook Shootings”: Paul Shives, Business Administrator, Toms River, NJ, “Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy”: Marvin Meteer, Supervisor, Wyalusing, PA, “The Community Interest in Fracking”; and Bob Deis, City Manager, Stockton, CA, “Managing a Municipal Bankruptcy.” Funding was provided by Lafayette Ambassador Bank ($2,500) and T&M Associates ($2,500).

Tenth Annual Forum (2012) focused on “Creative Approaches to Public Services” and was attended by more than 80 municipal managers and elected officials. Topics included outsourcing, locating a municipal building in a mall, and using social media. The keynote was delivered by Chief Executive Director Joseph Conti of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Funding was provided by Lafayette Ambassador Bank ($2,500) and T&M Associates ($2,500).

Ninth Annual Forum (2011) focused on “Local Government Management During the Continuing Financial Crisis” and was attended by more than 60 municipal managers and elected officials. Lafayette-Ambassador Bank/Fulton Financial Advisors provided a $5,000 grant. Mayor Dana Redd of Camden, NJ, gave the keynote. The three principal speakers were: (1) Mr. Chris Hoene, Director, Center for Research and Innovation, National League of Cities, Washington, DC; (2) Dr. John Kincaid, Professor and Director of the Meyner Center; and (3) Dr. Michael Pagano, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago. Lafayette Ambassador Bank gave the forum a $5,000 grant.