Sep 28, 2023

2023 Municipal Bootcamp

We are back for our third year of programming! Hancock Estabrook and MRB Group are offering a free annual training program to assist local governments, municipal officials, and planning and zoning boards.

The program will include 10 hours of remote training designed to provide a comprehensive education that encompasses all aspects of municipal governance. Each program in the series will be provided remotely on the fourth Thursday of each month with subject matter experts from MRB Group and knowledgeable attorneys from Hancock Estabrook, LLP. Topics will be lively, useful and – potentially as important – qualify for the education requirements for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 – 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Session 8: Transforming Tough Properties

Brownfields 101

Many communities across New York State are challenged by real or perceived contamination on sites remaining from industrial and other historic uses. This session will explain the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments process, overview approaches to identify brownfields, the regulatory processes surrounding remediation, and potential funding sources to support the transformation of these local assets.

Thursday, October 26, 2023 – 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Session 9: What Not to Say, and What Really Not to Do

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Federal and state laws surrounding sexual harassment and related workplace infractions, while seemingly common sense, can be complex and impactful to your work. New York’s laws impact nearly every element of local government operations, including volunteer boards! This session focuses on elements of state and federal law that seek to address workplace conduct issues, and on the expectations of you as a board or staff member when it comes to this critical topic.

NEW: Thursday, November 9, 2023 – 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Session 10: The Top Ten Hits for 2023
An Update on Public Sector Labor and Employment Law

We will be discussing what you need to know regarding updates to sexual harassment prevention policies, electronic notices, COVID-19 policies, Firefighters’ Bill of Rights, best practices in performance evaluations, and pending legislation that could affect your municipality.

Thursday, December 14, 2023 – 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Session 11: Santa’s Naughty and Nice List

The Year in Review

We’ll close out the year with a fun session on who got it really right and who might have missed the boat in 2023. We’ll provide case studies on the best examples of great development review, and a few pitfalls discovered by your neighbors that you should avoid going into the New Year.


RSVP Required, Register Here.