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2021 Local Government Workshop - CLE Conference 2021 Local Government Workshop - CLE Conference

2021 Local Government Workshop - CLE Conference

Please join us for our first annual workshop for local government officials and attorneys. We will be offering up to nine hours of free Indiana CLE as part of this virtual conference. Topics on the agenda include the latest on BOT, data security, economic development and more! 

Each session is approved for 1.0 hour of IN CLE General Credit. In order to receive credit, you must register for and attend the session by logging into the WebEx Event via a computer. Two polls will be given during each presentation to count as attendance. You must answer both polls and remain in the meeting for the full duration to receive credit. Do not view the presentation in full screen mode or you will be unable to see the polls.

Day 1: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Utilizing BOT & Innovation for Infrastructure Projects
This workshop will discuss IC 5-23, the Build Operate Transfer statute, the process by which it can be utilized, some risks associated with it and why approach is a critical component towards considering utilizing this statute through the context of overcoming infrastructure challenges within Indiana communities.

Sebastian Smelko, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Tom John, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Hot Topics in Indiana Employment that Covers Timely Issues (such as Discipline/Discharge for Political Speech) as Applied to Public Employees, Plus Coverage of New Legislation Related to COVID
In this interactive workshop, we will cover the latest hot topics in Indiana and federal employment law, including handling political speech in the public workplace, the latest updates on COVID-19 legislation and guidance (including vaccination issues), and potential changes to for wage and hour and employee leave law. We will look at recent changes, what’s coming next, and work through practical scenarios to assist you in applying evolving legal standards to the realities of the public workplace. 

Emmanuel Boulukos, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Data Security and Potential Attacks from Nation-State Hackers Directed at Governments and Governmental Officials. Walking Through Known Root Cause, Remediation Costs, and Preventative Steps that Could be Taken for Publicly Known Security Incidents Impacting Local Government
Espionage, information warfare, and influence operations against public officials and institutions using the internet have become far more prevalent and effective than old fashioned human spying or propaganda.  Nation-state hackers are actively exploiting weak security systems, legacy IT systems, and a deep lack of awareness of the extent of these vulnerabilities and the threat, to operate against the entire spectrum of government and public institutions.  Organized cybercriminals, often working alongside nation-state groups, focus on the same targets for financial gain through data theft and ransomware attacks.  This CLE will be conducted by Guillermo Christensen, partner at Ice Miller in Washington DC and a former CIA intelligence officer with three decades of national security, intelligence and legal work in these areas.  Guillermo will discuss the nature of the nation state threats, key issues for public officials and lawyers in public institutions, recommended mitigation approaches, and share additional resources. 

Guillermo Christensen, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Nick Merker, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Brownsfields Redevelopment and Real Estate Development for Municipalities
Acquiring, selling, and/or developing brownfields comes with unique challenges and liabilities that can be costly to you, even if you had nothing to do with contaminating the property.  We will discuss available liability protections and development strategies, including potential funding as well as investigating and redeveloping brownfields to address environmental justice and equitable development considerations such as food security and urban agriculture.  We will also discuss overall economic issued to consider in brownfield development projects from the perspective of a public entity.

Terri Czajka, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Brian Crist, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Freedom Smith, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Opportunity Zones
Opportunity Zones are coming up on their fourth anniversary of being enacted.  We will review how Opportunity Zones can be beneficial to local governments and economic development entities as well as share lessons learned from working on these transactions over the past four years.

Jay Augustyn, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Matt Ehinger, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Getting the Most Out of your Economic Development Tools
This workshop will explore key considerations in administering, negotiating and understanding economic incentive tools such as Tax Increment Financing, Property Tax Abatements, Tax Credits and Special Districts.  Further, this will overview trends, best practices and policy considerations in making the incentives decision, evaluating ROI and enhancing incentive agreements to achieve public policy benefits. 

Heather James, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Chris Magill, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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Day 2: Thursday, July 22, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Legal Issues Surrounding the use of Social Media by Government Entities and Government Officials
As the opportunities for government entities and officials to use social media grow, so too does the number of legal issues.  This workshop will address how the First Amendment and other legal doctrines apply to governmental use of social media.

Derek Molter, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Defending Municipalities and Public Officials in SEC and DOJ Enforcement Actions Related to Municipal Bond Offerings and Pension Fund Management
Local government officials seeking to raise funds and those who oversee the management of public pension funds face a range of legal risks, including disclosure failures, pay-to-play schemes, and registration violations.  Public bond offerings must be properly registered and must comply with investor disclosure rules.  Decisions about engaging the services of professionals like investment advisors must be made in compliance with campaign contribution laws.  This session will explore these issues, identifying the potential risks, examining important SEC and Justice Department enforcement actions, and offering guidance on how to remain in compliance.

Timothy Belevetz, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Broadband and Smart Cities
Communities of all size increasingly find themselves in a precarious balancing act to streamline costs for their utilities, water and waste management, economic development, transportation, and telecommunications, while simultaneously trying to improve services. While there is no one, unified definition for what constitutes a “smart city,” generally a smart city initiative is one in which a community seeks to improve efficiencies and enhance service delivery, and ideally reduce costs, through integration of technology. Smart city projects can include intelligent transportation systems, traffic control, public safety, utility monitoring, and more. In this session we will discuss roll-out considerations for a smart city initiative, including broadband access and funding.

Lindsay Miller, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

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Please Note: At this time, our webinars are unable to exceed 1,000 participants. Attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis at the time of the event. A recording and the slides will be distributed to all registrants on the following business day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
8:55 AM - 12:30 PM
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