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December 15
11AM PT, 2PM ET

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Join us Dec. 15 to learn how some of the nation’s most innovative and effective special districts are responding to COVID-19. Our 2020 Special Districts Innovation Award program received more than 200 nominations – all focused on technology deployments and leadership related to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. This interactive virtual event will present some of the best ideas we’ve seen.

You’ll hear directly from special district leaders about how they are rethinking internal operations, virtualizing citizen services and leading their teams through disruption in response to the pandemic. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in discussions with our panelists and special district leaders. Register today and learn how the pandemic is changing management strategy, technology planning and service delivery for special districts. 

Speakers

Gretchen Caserotti

Gretchen Caserotti

Library Director, Meridian Library District

Gretchen Caserotti joined Meridian Library District as the Library Director in 2013. Her passion for storytelling and human-centered design/usability principles was developed while she completed the Masters in Library Science degree program at Pratt Institute in New York City. She began her career as a Children’s Librarian for New York Public Library and developed a national reputation for innovation while at the Darien Library in Connecticut. Caserotti was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal magazine (2010), was awarded the 2018 Fellowship for the Center of the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association, was named the 2018 Woman of the Year by the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, and recently named a 2019 Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review. Building community is at the center of her work and she serves on many local boards and service clubs as well as volunteering.

Bruce J. Moeller, Ph.D.

Bruce J. Moeller, Ph.D.

Former Chief of Staff and Assistant County Administrator, Pinellas County

Bruce J. Moeller, PhD. has a diverse public-sector background spanning over 30 years, retiring as Chief of Staff and Assistant County Administrator in Pinellas County, Florida. Previously Moeller served as fire chief and then city manager for Sunrise, Florida. He also served as Director and Chief of Department for Broward County Fire-Rescue in Florida. Currently, Moeller assists local governments and others to assess and enhance public safety services – focusing on fire-rescue, EMS and 911 operations.
Chief Moeller has been a certified paramedic for over 20 years and has commanded various incidents of significance including Hurricane Andrew (1991), Value Jet #592 crash in the Florida Everglades (1996), South Florida Anthrax Panic (2001) and Hurricane Wilma (2006). Moeller is active in a variety of national associations and has served on numerous boards and committees.
Dr. Moeller has a bachelor’s from Western Illinois University; Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University; and received his Doctor of Philosophy from Florida Atlantic University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration, management, labor relations, fire & emergency services, and organizational theory and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Florida. Dr. Moeller is a frequent speaker at national conferences and is an author in public administration and fire rescue fields – having contributed to Disaster Management Handbook published in 2008 by Taylor & Francis and the 4th Edition (2012) of ICMA’s Managing Fire Rescue Services.

Michael Harrod

Michael Harrod

Principal Architect, Shared Solutions, AT&T

Michael Harrod is a Principal Architect with AT&T’s Global Public Sector- State and Local Government & Education Solutions organization. Michael has over 15 years of experience with AT&T in a variety of positions supporting public-sector in the New England, Eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions with clients in their efforts to deliver next-generational services in voice, data and collaboration, and moving to the world of IoT and next generational SD-WAN services. In his years supporting this market, Michael has shared industry trends, critical analysis and strategic insights in presentations for multiple state and local government conferences.

Gerald Cichon

Gerald Cichon

CEO, Housing Authority of the City of El Paso

Vicente Sarmiento

Vicente Sarmiento

Board President, Orange County Water District

Tom Steegmann

Tom Steegmann

Principal Architect, Public Sector Solutions, AT&T

Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler — Moderator

Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic - the nation's leading state and local government media and research company - and the parent company of Government Technology, Governing, and the Center for Digital Government. Dustin also serves as an Eisenhower Fellow (2019 Zhi-Xing Program) and Program Faculty for the Certified Public Management Program (CPM) at Texas State University.