Workshops & Training

Fall 2021 Training Sessions  

Most Sessions are Wednesdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom unless otherwise noted 

Register on our Events Calendar



This in-person panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Hassenfeld Institute, will be facilitated by June Speakman, Professor of Political Science and State Representative with panelists Jonathan Womer, Director of the RI Office of Management and Budget and Mayor Bob DaSilva from the City of East Providence.  


During this session, attendees will get a brief primer from the Rhode Island Ethics Commission on the basic ethical tenets each municipal professional should keep in mind as they conduct their daily business. 


Brian Daniels, Executive Director of the RI League and Jordan Day, Policy Director of the RI League, will provide an overview of the legislative process and demystify advocacy for municipal representatives. *Session offered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 3 pm.



Grant-writing expert, Bob Cipriani, of the University of Rhode Island, will conduct this 'lunch and learn' session. Bob will provide an overview of how to find grant opportunities and offer writing tips to help the participant create persuasive and successful applications. *In-person session 9:00 am - 1:00 pm to include morning refreshments and boxed lunch for small fee. Location TBD. 

10/16     GOV 101: SMITHFIELD

Designed for members of Smithfield councils, boards, and commissions, this session will include information from experts on meeting management, Roberts Rules of Order, and the Open Meetings Act. 


Dr. Jennifer Slattery, Director of Training at the RI League, will offer tips and advice to make your correspondence more professional, concise, and effective. 


This session is designed as a sharing of best practices among HR professionals to discuss items such as goal setting, motivation, evaluation, and employee recognition. Jennifer Slattery, RI League Training Director will moderate. 


10       From Projects to Solutions with RI Infrastructure Bank

The Infrastructure Bank has evolved significantly since 2015 and is a trusted partner to Rhode Island Cities and Towns in achieving their capital improvement goals. Several of the Bank’s innovations have been inspired by discussions with municipal clients and stakeholders regarding project barriers to implementation. Thoroughly understanding these complex dynamics allows the Bank to craft and alter programs in a manner that provides solutions-oriented outcomes for clients. These efforts have led to new or altered programs in the areas of stormwater management, sewers, roadways, and clean energy. Attendees of this session will learn the myriad ways municipalities may utilize Bank programs to advance their goals, reduce costs and improve the lives of residents. The session will provide case studies on successful projects that have leveraged multiple programs to implement efficient infrastructure projects at lower costs.

17          Resilient Microgrids

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the US Department of Energy will provide an overview of microgrids. Topics include a high-level overview of what they are, what the use cases are and how they can provide resiliency benefits for municipalities. OER will also present on the newly released Request for Information to Support Program Design for Microgrids for Resilient Communities which seeks to learn directly from municipalities what is needed within their jurisdictions to facilitate, support, and provide resources for resilient community microgrids. For more information:

25        Complying with the RI Green Buildings Act 

The State of Rhode Island has been a leader in the implementation of measures to minimize the impact of commercial buildings on the environment. Recent examples of this include passing of the Green Buildings Act (RIGL §37-24) and Governor Raimondo’s executive order directing the development of a stretch code. This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of why and how the Green Buildings Act was developed, including what types of projects are required to comply. The compliance options allowed by the Green Buildings Act will be reviewed, including the IgCC / RI Stretch Code. Presenters include Dr. Becca Trietch, Christopher Armstrong and Steven L Hughes, AIA, LEED AP, all who are members of the RI Green Buildings Advisory Committee.

31       The Snowball Effect: How Municipal Energy Projects Can Unlock Operational Savings & Other Benefits  

An often-undervalued aspect of municipal energy projects is the persistent operational savings that they can unlock and now, more than ever, those savings can be utilized to support a number of budgetary priorities. Come learn about resources available to help develop, implement, and pay for these important energy projects and hear first-hand about the ongoing process of unlocking savings and leveraging them to support continuous improvements. 


7          Council Communications with New Harbor Group* 

This conference will give elected officials a range of practical tips for communicating with external stakeholders both through traditional formats and social media.

14        Understanding the Education Funding Formula*

This workshop will ensure participants have an informed understanding of how state aid is appropriated to individual school districts under Rhode Island’s current funding formula and will discuss ways in which the funding formula may be improved to further promote equity.

28       Do More with Less, Do More Together: Finding Efficiencies with a Shared Solution

The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation is helping municipalities across the state streamline their permitting, licensing and code enforcement workflows to protect local economies and support economic development. Join Director Elizabeth M. Tanner and Project Manager Elise Swearingen to learn how adopting a shared digital solution makes it easier for developers and business owners to do business in your community and across the state.


19    Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion*

This workshop will highlight the importance of diversity while providing public leaders with the tools to recognize and address inequities and biases that impact the development of policies and personnel decisions. Sponsored by the League, the Hassenfeld Institute, and the RI Association of School Committees.    

21    Local Government 101: Hopkinton

This session is open to members of the Town Councils. An overview of meeting management and parliamentary procedure will be provided by an expert parliamentarian. Additionally, the Open Meetings Act will be discussed and questions will be answered.  


16       Data Literacy for Municipal Leaders*

This session with ensure municipal leaders have a basic understanding of data literacy, including interpreting statistics and analyzing data. This conference will require a moderate amount of pre-work.

* Co-sponsored by the RI League, the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, and the RI Association of School Committees (RIASC)