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  • Long-Term Disaster Recovery

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Obtaining the right mix and number of people to support disaster recovery operations is critical to disaster recovery success and efficient use of funding.

    All disasters are local and so, too, are disaster recovery efforts. But many local governments find it difficult to manage the myriad recovery activities following a major catastrophe. Obtaining the right mix and number of people to support disaster recovery operations is critical to disaster recovery success and efficient use of funding. Join LMI, Upper Swatara Creek Watershed Recovery (Penn.), Schuylkill Conservation District (Penn.), and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in a webinar to explain the basics of disaster recovery staffing.

    You and your staff will discuss:

    • What recovery activities communities should plan for and staff
    • How to design an organizational structure that supports long-term recovery decision making and execution
    • What steps to use to identify disaster recovery staffing shortages and fill the gaps
    • Where to go to identify human resources to fill the gaps and how to decide which is the best source for the disaster recovery activity
    • A case study of a local community’s disaster recovery effort including coordination with the public and the private sector, local involvement, and project decision-making and staffing. (Upper Swatara Creek Watershed Recovery, Pennsylvania)
    • An example and lessons learned for coordinated support of local recovery efforts at the state level (Pennsylvania Recovery Resources Team (RRT) program)

    Jeffrey Allen

    Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Coordinator

    Jeffrey Allen is the first Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Coordinator, a position he has held since May, 2013. Jeff is a 1993 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he majored in international politics and minored in national security studies and military science. Upon graduation, he received a commission in the United States Army as an infantry officer. He served in a variety of leadership positions in the 2nd Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division, Training and Doctrine Command, and Forces Command, and NATO.  He has had assignments in Korea, Turkey, and Germany as well as numerous stateside postings. He has had a number of combat deployments including Iraq in 2004 where he served as a combat advisor in the second Battle of Fallujah, Iraq in 2008 in Baghdad as part of the lead brigade in the “Surge”, and Iraq again in 2011 as part of the team to shut down operations as part of the last U.S. battalion out of Baghdad, as well as operational deployments in Haiti in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2010. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, resident Command and General Staff College, Airborne School, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster School, and Bradley Leaders Course. He also holds master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the Command and General Staff College. Jeff has been awarded three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and others. Jeff has also earned the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, Air Assault Wings, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and is a Jumpmaster.

    Wayne Lehman

    county natural resource specialist, Schuylkill Conservation District

    Wayne Lehman is the county natural resource specialist with the Schuylkill Conservation District.  He received his B.S. degree in biology and a master’s of environmental pollution control from Penn State. With the Conservation District, he has managed watershed restoration projects totaling over $6.3 million related to abandoned mine drainage remediation, abandoned mine land reclamation, floodplain restoration and stream habitat improvement for the past seven years. He is the acting chairperson of the Swatara Watershed Committee; long-term community recovery group working to implement sustainable approaches to reduce future flooding’s impacts on homes and businesses in the Pine Grove and Tremont area.

    Matt Peterson

    Senior Consultant, LMI

    Matt Peterson leverages more than 20 years of logistics and consulting experience to advise emergency management clients at the local, state, and federal levels. He led an effort in support of regional logistics planning for 16 counties, three states, and the city of Chicago. He conducted logistics planning and execution support to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Office of Public Health Preparedness as part of its response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu. He has also advised the General Services Administration’s Office of Emergency Response and Recovery, the Centers for Disease Control’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Logistics Management Directorate. In 2014, he published an article on emergency supply chain management in the Journal of Emergency Management. He has both APICS and SCOR supply chain certifications.

    ​Bill Reichert

    Flood recovery manager, Upper Swatara Watershed

    Bill Reichert is the long-term flood recovery manager for the Upper Swatara Watershed. He also serves as watershed maintenance technician for the Schuylkill Conservation District, working on all facets of water quality and quantity issues. Because of his lifetime interest in the environment especially related to water, he is serving a number of related positions including board member of the Schuylkill River Greenway Association, president of Schuylkill Headwaters Association, and member of Pheasants Forever. He has previously worked on the Governor’s 21st Century Biodiversity Partnership and as State Conservation Director for PA BASS Federation.

    Jennifer Shafer

    Consultant, LMI

    Jennifer Shafer advises public-sector clients on supply chain management for emergency operations, including developing plans, training, and exercising emergency response capabilities at all levels of government. In FY2014, she led an LMI Research Institute project to develop guidance on effectively staffing local community recovery activities. She is a certified project management professional with credentials in exercise planning, continuity planning, and supply chain management.

  • Local Government Strategies to Address Rising Healthcare Costs

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Discuss findings from a nationwide survey revealed health care benefits trends and strategies employed by local governments to contain costs and improve workforce wellness.

    Rising health care costs have caused many local governments to change the way they are offering benefits. A nationwide survey developed by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) revealed health care benefits trends and strategies employed by local governments to contain costs and improve workforce wellness.

    Discuss the findings and hear case studies from the cities of Asheville, North Carolina and Montgomery, Ohio. You and your staff will discuss:

    • Trends and examples of cost containment strategies, including high deductible plans paired with a health savings account 
    • How employee engagement can help employees take ownership of health benefit strategies
    • Lessons learned from cities that have saved costs through chronic disease management, wellness programs, and employee clinics.

    Elizabeth Kellar

    President and CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence

    Elizabeth Kellar is president and CEO for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. The center promotes excellence in public service so that local and state governments can attract and retain the talent they need. It identifies promising practices and publishes research on pension and retirement plans, health care, demographics, and workforce issues.

    ​Gary Jackson

    City manager, Asheville, NC

    Gary Jackson is the city manager of Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to his time in Asheville, Gary served as city manager of Fort Worth, Texas; Carrollton, Texas; Liberty, Missouri; and Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Gary holds a master of public administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of science in business from Miami University of Ohio.

    Julia Prickett

    Human Resources manager, City of Montgomery, Ohio

    Julia Prickett is the human resources manager for the city of Montgomery, Ohio. She holds a master of public administration from the University of Cincinnati and has over 25 years of experience in public sector human resources and local government administration. Julie attended the LEAD Program at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in 2009. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association.