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2013 Workshop Videos
Municipal Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships 101: A Primer
Public-Private Partnerships (“PPP”) offer municipalities an innovative and effective strategy to improve and upgrade their aging infrastructure systems and complete necessary facility projects. “PPP”s combine the assets of the public and private entities, sharing the risks and rewards of the project, while often incorporating alternative project delivery methods such as design-build and design-build-operate. This session highlights emerging trends in “PPP”s, the alternative project delivery world and serves as a “how to” guide for implementing “PPP”s.

Speakers include:
  • Teno West, Esq., Partner, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, LLC
  • Bruce Toby, Senior Counsel, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, LLC
  • Ted DeSantos, PE, PTOE, Senior Vice President, Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. 

New Tools to Create Pension Corrective Action Plans 
Learn about a ground breaking data driven, decision making tool which helps plan and project solutions to underfunded pension funds. This tool will provide the municipality and other stakeholders with real time contract negotiation models. You no longer need to wait long time periods to find out about various contract scenarios. Policy makers and union negotiators could sit down and negotiate with instantaneous models using real employee data instead of averages. This session will showcase this invaluable tool (powered by Virtual DBS) which will revolutionize the personnel contract negotiation and strategic planning process.

Speaker includes:
  • Ernest Almonte, CP/CITP/CFE/CGFM, Chief Visionary Officer and CEO, Almonte Group LLC

Accidental Disability Retirement Appeals – Clarity or More Cloudiness?
In the 2011 Legislative Session, the General Assembly passed a series of amendments that granted jurisdiction to the Workers’ Compensation Court over appeals from decisions of the State Retirement Board relative to accidental disability retirement applications of public safety officers. In the subsequent 18 months, myriad issues have arisen with respect to how such appeals will be addressed both procedurally and substantively. Hear from a seasoned practitioner about how these cases move through the Retirement System, and hear the Chief Judge of the Workers’ Compensation Court explain the new Rules of Practice as they relate to appeals from the State Retirement Board. Join us as these two speakers discuss the issues that may arise, and try to bring clarity from the cloudiness.

Moderator and speakers include:
  • Ian C. Ridlon, Esq., General Counsel, Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust
  • The Honorable George E. Healy, Jr., Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court
  • Michael A. St. Pierre, Esq., Revens, Revens & St. Pierre, LLP