Rhode Island City and Town officials are preparing for face-face meetings with major vendors, attending workshops and seminars over a variety of 18 pressing issues concerning the state.
Some of these topics of interest include binding arbitration, records management, e-permitting, public communications, ethics, innovation and technology, climate change and resiliency, marijuana regulation, clean energy, transportation, and emergency preparedness.
More than 500 local officials are expected to attend, including over 100 representatives from companies and state agencies, according to Brian Daniels, the Executive Director for the RI League of Cities and Towns.
Daniels says they are excited about this year’s workshops, which they intend on “specifically tailoring to the needs of city and town employees.”
The League intends to look at how Rhode Island is handling issues such as binding arbitration in comparison to other states, looking at possibilities of improving the process as well as making it more equitable.
Representatives from the URI Coastal Resources Center as well as the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank will be attending in regards to climate change, in the hopes of discussing financial and technical resources available for towns and cities.
In regards to e-permitting, Daniels mentions using online platforms for building permits, to help streamline the process for people intending to build, allowing the submission of plans and necessary documents online.
Sexual harassment will also be discussed, as Daniels says this has been a nationwide issue in which human rights is an important topic that must be addressed during the convention.
The League will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The 18th Annual Convention and trade show for the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick on January 25.