Event Sep 10, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Appeared on Panels Covering Telecommunications, the Environment, Hot Federal Issues and More

IMLA 2014 Annual Conference

Best Best & Krieger was pleased to sponsor and participate in the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s 2014 Annual Conference.

TELECOMMUNICATION CHALLENGES FACING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Wednesday, Sept. 10
1 - 2 p.m.

BB&K Speaker: Joseph Van Eaton, Partner
"How Converging Technologies and Mega-Mergers May Affect Your Community – A View From Municipal Perspectives"
Changes in technology present enormous opportunities for community development and delivering government services more efficiently – but also pose challenges. This presentation discussed how localities can use existing laws and pending FCC proceedings to protect their interests.

Speaker: Michael Ruger, Executive Director, Government Affairs, Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
"An Industry Perspective – What Do Changes In Technology Mean to Your Community?"

BB&K Speaker: Matt Schettenhelm, Associate
"Wireless Siting – How Local Control is Faring at the FCC and in the Courts"
The FCC is in the midst of a major rulemaking that may redefine local authority over cell tower placement and modification. This presentation provided an update on the status of the FCC rulemaking, and recent court rulings, and what steps localities can take locally and nationally to protect their interests.

STORMWATER: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND EPA’S PROPOSED RULE RE-DEFINING “WATERS OF THE U.S.” WILL HAVE MAJOR COST AND OPERATIONAL IMPACTS FOR MUNICIPALITIES
Wednesday, Sept. 10
2 - 3 p.m.

BB&K Speaker: Andre Monette, Associate
Other Presenters: Ryan Baron, Senior Deputy County Counsel, Orange County, California; Marc E. Gori, Assistant County Attorney, Fairfax County, Virginia
Comments on the EPA’s Proposed Rule broadly defining “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act are due in October. The controversial proposed changes are important to local government and public agencies because, if adopted, they will greatly expand the jurisdictional reach of the CWA and change how municipal stormwater systems are categorized.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT/MS4 PERMITTING
Thursday, Sept. 11
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

BB&K Speaker: Gene Tanaka, Partner

Other Presenters: Steve Roy, Larry Coffman and Lee Epstein

HOT FEDERAL ISSUES: TAXES, TRANSPORT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Thursday, Sept. 11
Noon - 1 p.m.

A review of critical federal issues that may affect your community’s bottom line and economic development plans –and the opportunities and risks they present to municipalities.

BB&K Speaker: Gerard Lederer, Partner
"Update on Congressional Actions Affecting Your Community and Your Budget"
Congress is considering a number of measures – including some that could block taxation of Internet access, allow taxation of e-commerce and could affect the funds available for transportation projects — that could significantly affect communities throughout the country. This presentation provided an update on Congressional actions, including those affecting the Highway Trust Fund, and what those actions mean for communities.

BB&K Speaker: Harriet Steiner, Partner
"Rail Transport and Public Safety -  Is There a Solution?"
Cities have raised significant concerns regarding the safety of rail freight transiting through their communities. This presentation focused on the status of federal rules regarding train safety – and their effectiveness.

BB&K Speaker: Michelle Ouellette, Partner
"Speeding Development By Planning for the Endangered Species Act"
The Endangered Species Act can block development projects or it can be used to help clear the way for future development. This presentation discussed how communities are working with the ESA to speed development.

WONK Breakfast
Friday, Sept. 12
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

BB&K Hosts: Harriet Steiner and Gerard Lederer
"Disruptive Technologies: Responding To Uber, Lyft, AirBnb, Drones, Small Cells and other Technologies and Applications That Are Challenging Our Communities"

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When
Wednesday, Sept. 10 - Friday, Sept. 12

Where
Baltimore, Maryland

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