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February 2018 Newsletter

Eclipse Stories from around the State on Page 10.

WAM Winter Conference

February 21-23, 2018, Cheyenne


Published by the Wyoming Association of Municipalities

UPCOMING EVENTS Board of Directors President: Paul Brooks, Mayor, Sundance Vice President: Scott Dellinger, Mayor, Mountain View Region One Directors: Kelly Krakow, Mayor, Albin Andi Summerville, Mayor, Laramie George Siglin, Mayor, Lingle Region Two Directors: Chris Schock, Mayor, Clearmont Bruce Jones, Mayor, Douglas Roger Miller, Mayor, Sheridan Region Three Directors: Tim Patrick, Mayor, Manderson Landon Greer, Council Member, Cody John Wetzel, Mayor, Powell Region Four Directors: Buck King, Mayor, Edgerton Holly Jibben, Council Member, Riverton Charlie Powell, Council Member, Casper


February 7 Last day to register and receive the reduced rate for WAM Winter Conference February 12 Wyoming’s 64th Legislative Budget Session Begins February 14 Valentine’s Day February 19 President’s Day February 21-23 WAM Winter Conference February 22 WAM Legislative Reception, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens


March 9 Last Day of Session

March 11-14 NLC’s Congressional City Conference, Washington DC March 11 Daylight Savings Begins March 17 St. Patrick’s Day March 21 Region III Meeting, Worland


April 1 April Fools Day & Easter Sunday

April 4 Region IV Meeting, Riverton April 11 Region V Meeting, Bear River April 12 Region VI Meeting, Rawlins

March 22 Region I Meeting, Ft. Laramie

Region Five Directors: Scott Dellinger, Mayor, Mountain View Haily MortonLevinson, Council Member, Jackson John Lynch, Council Member, Star Valley Ranch Region Six Directors: Tracy Fowler, Council Member, Hanna Jim Wells, Council Member, Rawlins Gary Waldner, Council Member, Wamsutter WAMCAT Representative: Carol Intlekofer, City Clerk, Cheyenne GOSCMA Representative: Carter Napier, City Manager, Casper LTS Representative: Vacant Past Presidents: Susan Juskcha, Mayor, Glendo


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5 Kaysen’s Korner 10 Wyoming Eclipse Stories 16 Local Government Leadership Program 17 WAM Winter Conference Itinerary

Organizations are going through massive changes and people are feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, and questioning their contribution. When people take ownership, they work smarter and navigate change better. As a result, they cut through the daily complexity, identify priorities, and increase performance. ~Eric Papp, 2018 WAM Winter Conference Keynote Speaker

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Welcome to 2018… I guess time flies whether or not you’re having fun! I’ve spent the first part of January attending the Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) Meetings here in Cheyenne. Lots of tough discussion on funding, but we are happy to report that the JAC unanimously approved the bill for Local Government Direct Distribution in the amount of $105 Million for the next biennium. This is WAM’s #1 Recommendation found in the Municipal Finance Report Volume II released this past fall. Some committee members discussed reducing the amount to $90 Million and offered an amendment, it was defeated by a 9-3 vote. There was little discussion regarding the distribution formula or model and no changes were proposed. The bill will, of course, be discussed more during the Budget Session. The session begins February 12th, 10a.m. with the Joint Session of the Legislature and Governor Mead’s State of the State address. With the uncertainty of $105 Million, we encourage you to reach out to your legislators and share with them the importance of funding for your municipality. We are starting off with support from both JAC and the Joint Revenue Committee. We encourage you to use the talking points found on page nine when visiting with your legislators. You can also find helpful reports such as the WAM Legislative Agenda and the Interim Legislative Summaries on WAM’s Website, under the Advocacy tab. The best way to stay abreast of WAM’s legislative activities during the upcoming session, is to be familiar with the Legislative Tracking Database also found under the Advocacy tab on the website. Be sure to check out the helpful tutorial that walks you through the process. I have heard from around the state of dinners, lunches, meetings, one-on-one’s or just phone calls that have been conducted between city and town councils and mayors with their legislative counterparts. This work is critical to share with them your needs, issues, concerns, and to thank them for their service. If you or your staff plan to come down to Cheyenne for the Session, feel free to coordinate with the WAM Staff the date and session you will be attending. We can help you prepare or offer support for your particular municipal issue. Here are helpful links for Legislative resources: WAM’s Legislative Tracking Database: Legislation Legislative Services Office website: Select ‘2018 Budget Session Bill Information’ link.

HOW DOES A BILL GET PASSED? Bills are introduced either by a legislator or by a committee, such as the Joint Corporations Committee. Bills begin on one side – either the House of Representatives, or the Senate. Bills first go to a committee where the Chairman of the committee decides to bring the bill before the committee. The committee will likely hear numerous bills in a meeting. This is our best place and time to testify in favor or against a bill. There are several committee meetings going on at once. More city and town leaders talking about issues at these committee meetings is critical. Additionally, legislators are more receptive to other elected officials, rather than lobbyists, like me! If a bill passes through the committee, it goes to that particular house to be heard and debated on the floor for 3 separate readings like an ordinance. Amendments can also be added to the bill. We may support or oppose certain amendments and it’s important to be following the changes closely. If changes occur, then we work to speak directly with legislators to get them to understand our position. This happens by waiting in the lobby and requesting that they come out to speak with us. Keep in mind, this is happening both on the Senate and 5

Kaysen’s Korner Continued... House side at the same time. Again, another reason why having representatives from municipalities in person in Cheyenne is helpful. Once a bill passes 3 readings, it “crosses over” to the other body and starts the process all over again. Bills can also not move forward, commonly referred to as dying. Sometimes sad, sometimes not sad. They can die quickly in committee, by not being heard on the floor, or during any of the 3 readings. A bill can make it all the way through one side, only to die on the other side. HOW TO ADDRESS A COMMITTEE? When you arrive at the committee meeting room, please sign the official meeting Attendance Sheet indicating your attendance at the committee meeting. You can keep track of the committee’s schedule by reading the notices on the committee room door, by following the daily calendar available outside the Senate Lobby, the House Lobby, or LSO Main Office in Suite 120, or by checking the Committee Meeting Schedule on the Wyoming Legislature’s Web site.

Individuals who wish to address the committee will be recognized and called on by the Chairman to speak. After the Chairman has recognized you, please stand and address the Chairman (i.e. “Mr. Chairman”). Then, clearly state your name and the name of the city or town you represent prior to addressing the committee. All comments, questions, and responses must flow through the Chairman by addressing the Chairman each time you wish to speak, and then to the inquiring legislator if a question is asked. For example, Mr. Chairman, Senator/ Representative Doe. This is a professional and common courtesy. This procedure ensures an orderly flow of discussion during the committee meeting. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO WEAR? All individuals admitted to the Chambers during session are required to wear business attire. Men are not allowed to enter the House and Senate Chambers without coat, tie and slacks. Comparable dress is required for women. The Sergeant-at-Arms and Doormen of each Chamber are responsible for ensuring individuals are dressed in professional attire.

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As you can see, a legislative session is like a whole year’s worth of city/town council meetings condensed into one month. Moreover, they will be discussing the state budget and other potential laws that impact you every day. Your time and talent spent in Cheyenne will be used and appreciated. Laurie and I will brief you on particular bills, when they will be presented in front of committees, or just ask you to go to the gallery and listen to certain bills. I find the process fascinating, exhilarating and exhausting, but very rewarding. I hope you will join us for the upcoming session! I close with a quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” 7

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WAM’s Legislative Reception

February 22, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cheyenne Botanic Gardens 710 S. Lions Park Dr.

Your Efforts Matter! We recommended you discuss the following talking points with your legislators. 1. Nearly 70% of Wyoming citizens live in a city or town. ALL Wyoming citizens are impacted by Local Government. When the Legislature and the State work with Locals, they are making Wyoming better for their kids, their parents, their spouses and themselves. 2. WAM believes Wyoming’s strength and character start at the local level. Local tax payers expect services like clean water, repaired streets, and safe neighborhoods in order to make Wyoming communities livable, productive, and economically diversified. 3. Until other sources of revenue are explored, Wyoming cities and towns need Direct Distribution funding from the State of $105 million for 2019-20 Biennium to help provide services. 4. Support fully funding grant and loan programs from the Wyoming Business Council, Mineral Royalty Grant Program, Wyoming Water Development Commission and other programs. 5. Wyoming’s cities and towns have little control and ability to predict their financial conditions. Sales and use tax primarily fund municipalities so support legislation that increases the percent of sales and use tax to the Local Government or adds to the tax base that would be distributed. 6. WAM’s Municipal Finance Report, Volume II can be found on the Website, WAM members formed a Municipal Finance Task Force with a charge to compare other state municipal funding models and to present municipal funding recommendations: • Secure at least $105M appropriation for cities, towns, and counties until other adequate funding options are in place. • Consider revisions to tax laws to allow increased municipal revenue capacity, considering tools for the municipal toolbox like local option tax revisions, property tax revisions, municipal Sales and Use tax options, increase in state Sales and Use tax allocation. • Increase the cap for Severance Tax and Federal Mineral Royalties • Remove tax exemptions that do not support economic development (including food). 7. Other WAM 2017-18 Resolutions Not Previously Mentioned • Support any legislation to amend statutes related to contracts for public improvement and forms of guarantee. • Support 1% statewide hospitality tax with continuance of local 4% lodging tax to support economic development. Support removal of the non-transient lodging tax exemption. • Support legislation to create utility and other municipal services lien authority for municipalities and joint powers boards. • Support legislation to clarify the lien and assessment process for abating nuisances and dangerous buildings may be recovered. • Support any efforts to raise the tax on all malt beverages. 9

Two Years for Two Minutes... TO-TAL-ITY Worth It!

B Y K AT I E W A L D N E R , W A M M E M B E R S E R V I C E S M A N A G E R The Office of Tourism reported that over 261,100 people traveled in Wyoming as a result of the Eclipse, three quarters of these travelers were out-of-state residents. A total of $63.5 million in travel spending can be attributed to this historic event. Along with the people and spending came an increased tax revenue of $1.4 million coming to local governments. You can learn more about the Office of Tourism’s findings by visiting https://www.travelwyoming. com/research/eclipse. Over the past couple of months I’ve reached out to Wyoming’s cities and towns and have heard, “was a huge success,” “it brought our community together,” “the collaboration was what made it so successful,” “no silos, this was OUR project” a shared message echoing across the Cowboy State from community leaders sharing their experiences of this past summer’s celestial event. I’ve compiled stories from around the state that are about how success, accomplishment, satisfaction, confidence, trust and enjoyment were achieved out of connection with others. We saw communities supporting other communities and assisted each other for a common goal, and did so in a collaborative and energetic manner. With a great outcome of providing eclipse viewers a spectacular show and a hospitable place to visit. I believe that is at the heart of Wyoming communities. We are inextricably connected to one another, and to our environment. People with few resources, but great determination and optimism can accomplish just about anything. We all know this. I hope you enjoy the stories our members have taken the time to share and remember the connectiveness that brings us together. There is power in numbers. We are stronger together than as individuals. Collectively, we represent the great majority of Wyomingites.


Planes taxiing the runway at Torrington Municipal Airport

On a normal day, the Torrington Municipal Airport might see four to five planes land on their runway. During the eclipse event, 135 planes touched down to see totality from the ground. Kelly Matlock from the City of Torrington said, “Celebrity Johnny Depp and someone from Disney were just a few of the folks that watched totality from our airport. This was an amazing event for our community and all the visitors were so wonderful. Pioneer Park was packed and all the areas that the City opened up were cleaned up by the individuals that stayed there!”

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Educators & Students embrace Learning Opportunities This August, Council Member Todd Quigley of Newcastle shared that three science teachers and eight students traveled down to Guernsey State Park to camp out during the eclipse event and conducted some neat experiments. “We are so fortunate to have educators like Mr. Stith, Mr. Scribner, and Mr. Beam, shared Quigley. “They really went out of their way to make sure our students had a great experience with learning opportunities that they will remember for life.”

These adventure seekers created Project NOVA (Newcastle Observation Venture Association) and planned to conduct three main activities during the terrestrial event. The first project was capturing footage for the National Solar Mr. Stith demonstrates to students how to align one of Observatory through the Citizen CATE (CONTINENTALthe public telescope with the sun. Students allowed folks America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment. Partnering with in the area to view the moon as it eclipsed the sun. the University of Wyoming and NASA these students and teachers learned how to run one of 68 identical telescopes, software and instrument packages that were spaced out along the 2,500-mile path of totality. Each site produced more than 1,000 images! The goal of CATE is to produce a scientifically unique data set: high-resolution, rapid cadence white light images of the inner corona for 90 minutes. The second project was lead by two students that developed a telescope that could detect cosmic rays. Cosmic rays are atom fragments that rain down on the Earth from outside of the solar system at the speed of light and have been blamed for electronic problems in satellites and other machinery. The students have discussed publishing their findings and plan to carry out the initial trial runs with a prototype detector by the end of the school year. The third project was perhaps the simplest, but the biggest hit. Students set up basic telescopes and were asked to reach out to people in the area to allow them to take a closer look at the sun! Newcastle Science Teacher, Mr. Stith shared, “This was a great project for the students, they had to research how to build a telescope and perfect their social skills by interacting with the public. It was really neat to watch some of the students break out of their comfort zones a bit and everyone really had a great time!”

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Glendo Clerk, Event Planner Extraordinaire

By Brenda Hagen, Town of Glendo Clerk

On August 21, 2017 the Town of Glendo saw its population go from 205 to nearly 100,000 when combined with adjacent Glendo State Park. After years of anticipating, months of planning, and hard work, the day was finally here! People were everywhere, enjoying the party atmosphere leading up to what everyone who ventured to Glendo was waiting for, totality. My name is Brenda Hagen and I am the Town Clerk of Glendo, a position I have held since 2007. I first learned about the Great American Eclipse three years before when a tour flew in using our grass landing strip airport. They said this day would be something unlike anything our town had ever seen and we needed to prepare. They gave me some business cards and promised to help in any way they could should they choose Glendo as their viewing destination. The following day I went to work and googled this event and sure enough, we were directly under totality. Add social media and our proximity to the Denver-metro drive shed and we were a shoe in for lots of day trippers. It was also during this time I became acquainted with Mrs. Jackie Diehl, an educational specialist who worked for the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico and has a summer residence in Glendo. She became a good friend and excellent resource for our town, helping us set up both a web page and Facebook page and circulating our name through her circle of science friends. We realized this was going to be an opportunity of a lifetime to showcase our town. With a Mayor and Council supporting the event, we budgeted for sanitation in the form of porta potties, handwashing stations for the vending

areas, and gray water holding tanks. At one time the porta potties outnumbered the residents. We kept vendor fees low and did not charge admission to our main viewing area, the airport. We did set up a Go Fund Page and accepted donations. In the end, we recouped all the money we put into it. Labor was all volunteer. Council members, the community and complete strangers stepped up the make it happen. Motorola donated a mobile command station along with two-way radios and our own frequencies to operate from, something that proved to be an incredible asset. Our plans were for 4 days of activities leading up to the eclipse. We had vendors and food throughout town, a street dance with Wyoming’s own Jalen Crossland Band and speakers at our local school. A large mural was painted depicting the eclipse, we were featured in Sky and Telescope and my phone and email began to go crazy. Suddenly people from all over the world were interested in tiny Glendo, Wyoming. We really did not have to advertise, social media and news did that for us. Totality was everything I imagined. After coming to work at 4:00 a.m. and putting 30 miles on my four-wheeler making sure everything was running smoothly, I settled at the airport to view totality. Everyone became quiet as the moon covered the sun. For 360 degrees it looked as if the sun was coming up. The temperature dropped 10 degrees. Birds got confused. Suddenly the crowd started clapping and cheering. It was as if everyone was on the same wavelength and at peace with the world. I understood why some people chase eclipses around the world. The only thing we could not totally control, traffic, was the only snag, but even that had certain calmness to it.

We are still getting a few donations and thank you cards. It makes me smile to think people are still thinking about us. I am sure we gained some folks who will visit us again. And I can add events planner to my resume!


Thank yous continue to flood in...

I want to recognize the leadership you gifted our community with this past weekend. I believe all your hard work made Jackson a delightful spot to enjoy the eclipse. I was impressed with the calmness, the organization, and the flow of people and vehicles. I feared gridlock and was so pleased that the reality was absolutely the opposite, in fact the experience as a resident was incredibly pleasant. The positive and pleasant attitude all the Town of Jackson’s agencies, it’s staff and volunteers displayed before and during the great eclipse demonstrated Jackson Hole hospitality at its finest. Thank you, Mary M. Martin, Area Community Development Educator Jackson, Wyoming 83001

Through the eyes of a Jackson Volunteer ANNE COMEAUX – Jackson Volunteer

Thanks for setting up the opportunities. I ended up far more excited about the event being a part of so many visitors’ excitement and curiosity. I don’t necessarily have one good story, but I might categorize some of my booth visitors. This is all in good fun, meaning no disrespect at all to anyone who stopped to say hi or came to our wonderful town to enjoy a momentous day. It was really fun to engage with folks and they were really friendly and fantastic and helped me learn lots I might never have known about eclipses. The Chaser They’ve been to multiple eclipses and are certain you’ll become a chaser too. They have all the information they need, but wanted to tell you about the ones they’ve already seen and the next one they plan to go see. The Aspiring Astronomer The person who happily educates you about what stars will be visible and the moon size, distance, etc The Destination Matters Visitor They only care about where they are going to enjoy this celestial event whether it’s their first or tenth. They are willing to get up early to drive to the park, go up Snow King or Crystal Butter, bike as far as necessary, and do it all happily. Nothing is going to get them down, not traffic, not a grunt of a hike, not crowds, not possibility of a cloud or two, not anything, etc. The Weather Watcher Exactly what is the chance of clouds over the sun during the eclipse? Where won’t there be any even remote chance of a cloud, tell me exactly where to drive to – east or west? The “I need Answers” Visitor Where is THE singular best spot? How bad exactly will the traffic be, so exactly when will I need to leave to get a spot? The “I guess it’s time to get my ducks in a row” Local On Sunday: So what time does this thing happen tomorrow anyway?

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Local Government Leadership Program An education program that helps municipal leaders find success in their communities

Program Basics

Attend another EIGHT ELECTIVE WORKSHOPS offered during WAM’s Winter and Summer Conferences or Spring/Fall Region Meetings.

• Deeper understanding of municipal governance and leadership • Develop connections and relationships with other municipal leaders and organizations/ agencies with a common interest of building strong communities • Recognition of program completion during Government Operations Part 1 & 2 a WAM Conference & acknowledgment in Roles Responsibilities the & WAM Connection newsletter

Meetings & Public Records • FAQ’s Financial Management Part 1 & 2 How much does the program cost and Budget how do I register? Expenditures & Revenue This program is $25 and you can register at


Complete the following EIGHT FUNDAMENTAL WORKSHOPS offered during WAM’s Winter and Summer Conferences: • Roles & Responsibilities in Government Operations • Meetings & Public Records in Government Operations • Ethics & Integrity • Financial Management: Expenditures & Revenue • Financial Management: Budgeting • Human Resources Management • Community Planning & Economic Development • Strategic Planning

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How can I find out my status in the program?

Program transcripts will be available at the registration desk at all WAM Conferences or email anytime to receive an update.

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WAM Winter Conference Wednesday, February 21 Spend YOUR day with WAM at the Legislature

Join WAM at the Jonah Business Center for a day of advocating for your community. WAM will provide you with talking points and would encourage your to join the advocacy efforts for Wyoming’s cities and towns. Noon - 6:00 PM

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Earla will get you all checked in and ready for the event! Learn more about WAM’s new mobile App that provides all the event information, plus other great benefits and updates all year long! 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Effective Campaigning: Lead with Character Kate Debow, High Ground Coaching & Development Kai Schon, Election Division Director

Elective Credit for LGL Program Preregistration Required

Whether you are planning to run for a municipal, county or state office, this workshop is geared to help you find success in your next campaign! When you leave this workshop, you will have a good understanding of election statutory requirements and know how to articulate who you are and what you believe in to your supporters and constituents. You will also be given the tools to consistently produce real-life examples of how who you are will represent what you do in office. 4:30 - 5:30 PM

WAM Board of Directors Meeting Presided by President Paul Brooks, Mayor of Sundance 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WAM Dinner

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THIS YEAR’S KEYNOTE SPEAKER Eric Papp, Founder of Agape Leadership, LLC

What would your municipal team look like if you had an “I make it happen” culture? We know that lack of accountability and a fear of failure can have negative impacts on outcomes. When people take ownership, they feel like they are winning. Their internal motivation is high and they value their work.

Join Eric for the opening session and discover: • A three-step process of creating a culture of ownership • How responsibility can be an empowering concept • How to manage a promise and not a person Eric runs an intellectual capital firm that focuses on leadership for business performance. He has a successful history of delivering proven strategies of how people can be productive and increase performance in a complex world. He is the author of Leadership By Choice and 3 Values of Being An Effective Person.


Connect with Exhibitors All Day

Thursday, February 22

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Peaks Investment Management Troy Hunsucker 303.848.3642

Ameri-Tech Equipment Company Dave King 307.234.9921

Rocky Mountain Power Ronnie Zimmerman 307.214.7375

Black Hills Energy Laurie Farkas 307.261.3254

WAM-JPIC/BCBS Lee Shannon & Shane Allen 307.632.0398

Board of Professional Engineers & Professional Land Surveyors Troy Niesen 307.777.6156

Wyoming Association of Risk Management Joe Constantino 307.433.9400

Caselle, Inc. Ryan Ellertson 801.850.5067 George K. Baum & Company/ Wyoming Gov’t Investment Fund Joan Evans 307.778.8492 Jorgensen Associates, P.C. Corky Stetson 307.733.5150 Local Government Liability Pool Mark Pring, Bill Miller, & Judi Just 307.638.1911 Moreton Assets Management Ben Sehy 801.869.4200 Morrison-Maierle Terra Zwonda 307.547.5486 Office of State Lands & Investments Beth Blackwell 307.777.6373

Wyoming Community Development Authority Sarah Saulsbury 307.265.0603 Wyoming Community Gas Natalie Flood 888.527.0003 Wyoming Dept. of Audit Division of Public Funds MaryAnn Schwalbendorf 307.777.7799 Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Brian Hall 307.777.7753 Wyoming Retirement System George Eason 307.777.7266 Wyoming Senior Corps Nita Stephenson 307.634.1010 Wyoming State Forestry Tara Costanzo 307.777.3626 Wyoming State Library Chris Van Burgh 307.777.3462

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Cracker Barrel Sessions Enjoy discussion with other municipal leaders from communities of like sizes.

Municipalities under 500 Municipalities over 500 but under 4,000 Municipalities over 4,000 NEWY Meeting 19

Thursday, February 22, Continued 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Financial Management: Budgeting Bobbe Fitzhugh & Joe Coyne, Community Builders Inc.

Fundamental Credit for LGL Program

Learn techniques on how to interpret budget information, determine service needs and set goals for your community. When you return home, you’ll have a better understanding of the legal requirements of the budgetary process and how to forecast revenues and expenses with greater accuracy. 9:00 - 10:30 AM

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Having YOUR Say before State Boards & Legislative Committees Rhonda Priest, Laramie County Community College

Attendees will learn techniques and tips on testifying before legislative committees or boards. They will discuss preparation, delivery and follow-up for these encounters. 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Broadband 101: Let’s get together!

Elective Credit for LGL Program

Industry Panel: Erik Rasmussen, Charter Senior Manager Government Relations; Kristin Lee, CenturyLink Regulatory-Legislative Affairs Director; Jack Walkenhorst, WY Rural Telecommunications Companies/WYTA Director of Strategic Partnerships; Cheryl Riley, All West Communications Wireless President, Northern Plains States; Steve Hill, President, AT&T Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association Municipal Panel: Matt Murdock, Pinedale Council Member; Barry Cook, Cody Administrator; Jonathan Rhoades, Laramie IT Division Manager; Mike Cole, Gillette Utilities Director; Bob Duchen, River Oaks Communications Consultant During this two-part session, you will hear from panelists from the broadband industry discussing their services, needs, challenges, and requirements. Then, you will have the opportunity to hear from your municipal colleagues who have broadband projects of broadband projects, challenges, experiences, and requirements. Panelists will share their challenges and successes as we work together to connect Wyoming. 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Opening Session: Make it Happen, Make it Matter! Eric Papp, Founder of Agape Leadership, LLC

Come prepared to discover Eric’s three-step process of creating a culture of ownership; how responsibility can be an empowering concept; and how to manage a promise and not a person. 12:30 - 1:30 PM



Thursday, February 22, Continued 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speed Networking

Enjoy a fun activity of mixing and mingling with organizations that want to help you build a strong community! This will be a fast-paced event that will help you overcome the afternoon urge to snooze!

3:15 - 5:15 PM

Strategic Planning Bobbe Fitzhugh & Joe Coyne, Community Builders Inc.

Fundamental Credit for LGL Program

Learn to be more deliberate about your community’s future by developing a mission and vision that is right for your residents. When you return home, you will be able to conduct a SWOT analysis, identify options, implement an action plan and evaluate your results with your council and staff. 3:15 - 4:05 PM

Elective Credit for LGL Program

Managing Time: Breakthrough the Ceiling of Diminishing Returns Eric Papp, Founder of Agape Leadership, LLC

Do you find it difficult to manage daily activities while delivering on long-term goals? Being able to consistently identify priorities and think strategically is a skill many people can improve upon. Join us for a session that will help you breakthrough the “Ceiling of Diminishing Returns” and learn how to eliminate the top 3 time traps. . 3:15 - 4:30 PM

Understanding the State’s Budget Dan Noble, Direct of the Wyoming Department of Revenue

Elective Credit for LGL Program

Understanding where tax funding comes from is a lofty goal for anyone. Join Director Noble as he explains from a high level how the State of Wyoming receives its funding and how the disbursement process makes its way down to municipalities. 6:00 - 9:00 PM

WAM’s Legislative Reception at the Cheyenne Botanical Garden *Trolley services available for free

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley! Ding, ding, ding went the bell!


Friday, February 23 7:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet 8:00 - 9:00 AM

WAM’s Legislative Review & Membership Meeting Legislative Leadership Committee Chair, Andi Summerville

Attend this important membership gathering to receive updates on current legislative progress and what your association has accomplished this past year. 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Community and Economic Development Bobbe Fitzhugh & Joe Coyne, Community Builders Inc.

Fundamental Credit for LGL Program

Having plans and goals for your community but not knowing how to address them can be frustrating. Learn the legal basis for land use planning and zoning, plus get an overview of economic development best practices. When you return home you can have educated conversations about zoning, contract management and developing a community marketing plan with your council and staff. 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Elective Credit for LGL Program

WAM’s Resources: How to get the most out of your WAM Membership Laurie Heath & Katie Waldner, WAM

WAM has worked especially hard to deliver services that are helpful and easily assessable for its members over the past few years, included upgrades to the website, communication outreach and delivering a mobile App. We are proud of these technological advancements that have helped us improve our outreach to you, the Membership. Join us to learn more about WAM’s services and products and how to get the most out of your Membership! 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Elective Credit for LGL Program

Partnering with WYDOT: Build Strong Communities Together Greg Frederick, WY Department of Transportation Chief Engineer

After traveling with WAM for our fall meetings, WYDOT will recap all the questions and request that were made and discuss their partnership opportunities that are available to Wyoming’s municipalities. When you return home you will know more about WYDOT’s discounted materials and fleet equipment purchases, bulk supply purchases and equipment buyback programs that your community can benefit from. 10:30 - 11:15 AM

Refreshment Break 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Human Resources Management Bobbe Fitzhugh & Joe Coyne, Community Builders Inc.

Fundamental Credit for LGL Program

Learn how to manage human resource issues that include employee selection processes, staff orientation and training, employee motivation and evaluation. When you return home, you will find ways to retain and maintain a high-performance workforce while avoiding legal liability in all things related to employment law.


Friday, February 23, Continued 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Elective Credit for LGL Program

Placemaking: What plans do you have for your public spaces? Kim Porter & Linda Klink, Wyoming Business Council

Attend this workshop to learn more on creating quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, safety, and well-being. Attendees will learn how to identify the best places to start the process and recognize problems that might hinder the use of public space. You will leave with funding resources that are available for your community’s next placemaking project. Also, plan to attend your WAM Spring Region Meeting as the Wyoming Business Council will be joining to provide a more in-depth training on placemaking. 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Elective Credit for LGL Program

Emergency Preparedness: What is YOUR role in protecting your community? Panelist: Guy Cameron, WY Office of Homeland Security Director; Shelly Kirchefer, Goshen County Emergency Management Coordinator; Spencer Pollock, Executive Director for American Red Cross of WY; Melissa Simental, WARM Risk Analyst; Jean West, Laramie County Planning & Training Coordinator

One of your main responsibilities as a leader of your community is to make sure the wellbeing of your residents is protected. Join this panel discussion to learn about mitigation, operation and continuity planning as well as what the declaration process for declaring a state of emergency is and other actions you should be taking to prepare your community and citizens for an emergency or disaster.

Safe travels home and hope to see you again in Pinedale!

We’ll be WAMing it UP in

Pinedale at WAM Convention June 13-15, 2018


Wyoming Association of Municipalities 315 West 27 Street Cheyenne, WY 82001

February WAM Connnection  
February WAM Connnection