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Common Council 2018 Training Series

City of Poughkeepsie Common Council
2018 Training Series

All training sessions will be in City Hall Chambers and are open to the public.

Friday, June 22nd

9:00-11:00 a.m.      Overview of the City of Poughkeepsie Charter and Laws
The Benjamin Center, SUNY New Paltz
This workshop will provide an overview of the new City of Poughkeepsie Charter, the administrative code, municipal home rule, state laws governing cities, and other topics related to municipal governance.

11:00-11:10 a.m.    Break

11:10-12:15 p.m.   Municipal Finance Fundamentals
New York Conference of Mayors (Webinar)
This session is designed to help facilitate understanding of some of the most critical elements of municipal finance, including: property taxes and the tax cap; other revenue options; state aid; the budget process; and the expenditure of funds.

Thursday, June 28th

10:00-11:45 a.m.    Revitalizing Main Street
PB, Inc.
Participants will learn from a successful case study of Main Street revitalization in Columbia County, Philmont Beautification, Inc., including how their grass roots redevelopment began, how to utilize state funding sources, and maintaining momentum in community revitalization.

11:45-12:00 p.m.   Break

12:00 – 1:00 pm      The Empty House Next Door: The State of Vacancy in the U.S.
Center for Community Progress (Webinar)
Tackling vacant properties is a critical aspect of community and economic development. This session will use data and visuals to explore trends in vacancy in recent years, including where the challenge is worsening, with a focus on the growth in particularly distressed “hyper-vacant” areas. Translating data into action, the presentation will explore how different communities are attacking their vacant property challenges, and offer suggestions of how they can be adapted to meet other communities’ needs

1:00-1:30 p.m.        Break

1:30- 3:00 p.m.       Participatory Budgeting
Participatory Budgeting Project
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. This presentation will cover the basics of participatory budgeting and how it has worked across North America