Agenda

Thursday, April 22, 2021

All educational sessions will take place at the Lake Granbury Resort Conference Center, located at 621 East Pearl Street.

8:30–9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome
TCMA President Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota; Nin Hulett, Mayor, and Chris Coffman, City Manager,
City of Granbury    

9:00–10:15 a.m.  
Show Your Ink: Unleashing the Power of Authenticity
At its core, authenticity is about being "more." More real. More honest. More credible. Above all, more human. Authentic relationships are built on trust, rapport, candor, and vulnerability. The result is stronger motivation, productivity, and a willingness to change and improve.

Speaker: Todd Dewett, Speaker, Author, Coach, and Leadership and Life Expert

10:15–10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30–11:45 a.m.    
Having an Open Door Without One
How do you impact culture with a decentralized workforce- whether you have employees working from home or employees spread out across different facilities? This session will dive into creating an open door atmosphere to promote engagement and positive culture.
Speakers: David Morgan, City Manager, City of Georgetown; and Matthew Mueller, Town Manager, Town of Little Elm 

Noon–1:15 p.m.        
Networking Luncheon

1:15–2:30 p.m.    
An Uncomfortable Conversation
Ron Holifield will facilitate a discussion about the way people of various backgrounds and races experience the world and why this matters in the way we lead our cities.
Speaker: Ron Holifield, CEO, Strategic Government Resources

2:30–2:45 a.m.        
Break

2:45–4:30 p.m.    
It's a HOT Topic
Wes Pierson and Lauren Middleton-Pratt will share how their respective HOT programs restructured to keep local commerce active, while in the trenches of a global pandemic.
Speakers:  Wes Pierson, City Manager, City of Addison; Lauren Middleton-Pratt, Assistant City Manager, City of Buda 


friday, april 23, 2021

7:30–8:00 a.m.        
Continental Breakfast

Welcome    
TCMA President Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota; and Chris Coffman, City Manager, City of Granbury            

8:00–9:15 a.m.    
Economic Development and Community Development: It's Not One Size Fits All
This session will discuss why rural economic and community development is hard to do, how rural communities are not one size fits all- what works for some cities won't work for others, the importance of knowing your community gate keepers, and what the future might look like for rural communities.
Speaker: Mercy Rushing, City Manager and Economic Development Director, City of Mineola

9:15–9:30 a.m.    
Break

9:30–10:45 a.m.    
Legislative Update
The 2021 Texas legislative session is zooming by. This session will provide the latest updates and action items your city officials may be called on to assist with.
Speaker: JJ Rocha, Grassroots and Legislative Services Manager, Texas Municipal League