20th annual Local Government Conference in Potsdam Oct. 11
Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:00 am

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam hosts its 20th Annual Local Government Conference Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a variety of workshops on topics important to public servants and community leaders alike.

The keynote speaker is former state assemblywoman and current New York State Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government and Dierdre Scozzafava. In this position, the longtime North Country public servant works to streamline municipal government across the state.

All workshops will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Kellas Hall, with a luncheon in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room at 12:30 p.m.

Sessions for assessors, board members, budget and finance officials, code enforcement officers, community development experts, municipal clerks, planning and zoning board members and public works employees will all cover timely topics. Workshops will focus on everything from finding census data and writing grant applications, to following open government laws and even inspecting solar panels.

Scozzafava has maintained a close relationship with SUNY Potsdam since Governor Andrew Cuomo named her to her new position. She was honored at Commencement in May as the recipient of the 2011 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the college.

She has also attended inaugural meetings of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council on the SUNY Potsdam campus. Gov. Cuomo announced the creation of 10 regional councils to represent the diverse interests of the state in July. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. The cost is $35 for anyone registered before Oct. 3. The cost is $45 between Oct. 3 and 10. Same-day registration at the Oct. 11 conference is $60.

Registration includes all conference materials, refreshments and lunch. To find out more information about the sessions or complete the online registration form, visit www.potsdam.edu/community/conferences/localgovt/index.cfm.

For more information about the conference, call organizer Nancy Hess at 267-2167.