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Fiscal and Organizational Strategies During a Pandemic
Recorded On: 05/08/2020
Local governments have been tapping their reserves and spending whatever has been required to meet the immediate public health demands of this COVID-19 crisis. City and county managers recognize that even as their costs have increased, their revenues are declining. What fiscal strategies can local leaders adopt to meet critical service demands while also looking ahead to develop a long-term financial plan? How can they engage with elected leaders, staff, and the broader community to plan for the changes ahead and new approaches to community services? We have a team of experts from the private sector and local government to discuss strategies to prepare for both the short-term and long-term economic reality.
Speakers will discuss:
- Keys to transition planning
- How to prioritize major projects and financial commitments given revenue shortfalls
- Potential for financing major projects/needs in this market
- How to experiment with local government services while adapting the way work is accomplished during the COVID-19 crisis.
ICMA Practice Areas:  Strategic Leadership;  Strategic
Planning;  Community and
Resident Service;  Financial Management and Budgeting
District Manager, Pueblo West Metro District, CO
Nina Vetter is the Pueblo West Metro District Manager for the community of Pueblo West, Colorado. She has worked in local and federal government for over ten years, following several years in the private sector. She currently serves on the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Board and is the Vice President of Colorado Women Leading Government. She has a Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
Senior Municipal Advisor/Principal, Ehlers Public Finance Advisors
Jim has been a Municipal Advisor with Ehlers’ since 2000 assisting cities, townships, counties, public utilities, school districts, and special districts design and implement financial solutions. In 2018 Jim assumed the role of Principal in the Colorado office, bringing his 18 years of experience to the Colorado market. Prior to joining Ehlers, he had 11 years of local government experience including seven years as the Village Administrator for the Village of Slinger, Wisconsin. One of Jim’s greatest contributions to Ehlers and our clients is his ability to facilitate board, councils and commissions through their financing and/or economic development options to arrive at financial solutions that best meet the needs of the client. Jim holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration & Political Science from University Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Assistant to the City Manager, City of Lone Tree, TX
Austin Good is a problem solver with a love for cities, infrastructure, social change, and sustainability. Currently the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Lone Tree, Colorado, Austin is focused on process improvement, community engagement, communications, master planning, and outside agency coordination. He received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University.
City Administrator, Baraboo, WI
Kennie Downing is the city administrator for Baraboo, Wisconsin, where she has served since her appointment in December last year. Prior her arrival in Baraboo she served as the county manager for Baker County, Florida, in addition to various other roles in local governments in California and Texas. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from California State University at Long Beach and a Bachelor's in political science from CSU Polytechnic at Pomona.