STC’s Planning School

Local Officials,


Please join us for the next training session of STC’s Planning School, on February 28, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM in the STC Conference Room at 8 Denison Parkway East, Suite 310, Corning, NY (dinner will be provided).  This is the first time we are having two classes in one month.  The topic for this session is Handling conflicts and heated meetings with Jeff Shepardson of the  CDRC, Inc.  This session is for Mayors, Supervisors, municipal employees, planning board members and any interested member of the public. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested.


Jeff Shepardson of the CDRC will give a presentation on Tools and strategies for creating and holding the meeting space with the objective of supporting safe, meaningful inclusion on one hand and productive process on the other.  Topics include:  Democracy vs Republic; “Which is it?!” ; Effective Use of Ground Rules, Guidelines, & Other Boundaries; The Unique & Shared Roles of the Presiding Officer & Board Member; Creating a Hospitable Meeting Atmosphere; The Convening Statement; The Organizational Meeting: Establishing Ongoing Parameters / Procedures; The Role of Public Education & Awareness.  See the linked concept page for more details. 

Reservations are required by February 28th , 2017 BY 2:00 PM by calling 607-962-5092 or email


Upcoming Classes:


February 28, 2017

Handling conflicts and heated meetings with Jeff Shepardson of the  CDRC, Inc.

March 28, 2017

NYS Archives: legal requirements, physical storage, transmitting institutional knowledge,

and the NYS Archives grant process

April 11, 2017

Overtime/Labor Law Review by Harter Secrest & Emery

April 25, 2017


May 23, 2017

Grant writing and grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

June 13, 2017

Content-specific Sign laws and the Supreme Court, by Sayles & Evans

June 27, 2017

Land use, Advertising, & Public Health by STTAC

July 25, 2017


August 22, 2017


September 26, 2017

SEQRA training

October 10, 2017


October 24, 2017

Agriculture and local government

November 28, 2017

FOIL training from Bob Freeman of the NYS Committee on Open Government

December 12, 2017

Clean Energy Communities Program & Solar with Frank Vanca of STC


NYS Municipal Finance Model & Open Book NY.


If you have any questions or have any topics you would like to be covered in upcoming sessions of Planning School, please feel free to contact me.  We look forward to seeing you!



Victoria Ehlen

Economic Development Coordinator

Southern Tier Central Regional

Planning & Development Board

8 Denison Parkway East, Suite 310

Corning, NY 14830

STC Regional Planning & Development Board  8 Denison Parkway East Ste 310 Corning, NY 14830
Phone 607.962.5092
Fax 607.962.3400
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