Available Training

Available Training

Local government workshops

The Local Government Workshop is one of G/FLRPC's signature initiatives, providing a forum for training and information sharing since 1996. Since that time, thousands of local government officials, board members, staff, and interested citizens have attended the workshops, held twice a year. 
For more information about a current or upcoming workshop, please scroll down. For information on a previous workshop, click on the link to the left. 
Fall Local Government Workshop

Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
Fall 2021 Local Government Workshop - SCHEDULE
14 Sessions - October 18 through November 10

  • All sessions take place online via video conference (Zoom)
  • Sessions are free but registration is required
  • Register through Eventbrite by clicking this link 
  • Each session is individually ticketed. You will need to sign up for each session you wish to attend
  • Sessions 8, 11, and 13 are a special track focusing on flooding along Wayne County’s Lake Ontario shoreline, but the information and discussions are applicable to many flood vulnerable places
  • Session length ranges from one hour to two and half hours; please note the schedule.
  • Zoom links will be emailed approximately 30 minutes before the start of each session (please check your junk and spam folders).
  • If you would like credit for attending, please make sure your name is visible on the screen during the session so that we can verify attendance and provide credit.
  • Questions? Email Jason Haremza at or text/call 585-295-3820

Schedule (download a pdf of the schedule here)
Oct 18 12-1PM
Session 1A
Meet G/FLRPC staff and learn about the Regional Planning Council’s work

Oct 18 7-8PM
Session 1B (repeated)
Meet G/FLRPC staff and learn about the Regional Planning Council’s work

Oct 20 7-8PM
Session 2
To Be or Not To Be: Observations on Hamlets in Upstate New York (G/FLRPC)

Oct 21 12-1:30PM
Session 3
Land Use Policy and Equity (Antiracist Curriculum Project/PathStone Foundation)

Oct 25 Noon-2PM
Session 4
Overview of Flood Risk Reduction Programs (US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, NYS Div. of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, National Weather Service)

Oct 26 6-8PM
Session 5
Zoning Board Overview (NYS DOS)

Oct 27 6-8PM
Session 6
Site Plan Review Overview and Pro Tips (NYS DOS, G/FLRPC)

Oct 28 Noon-1:30PM
Session 7
Skills that Make Great Land Use Board Members (NYS DOS)

Oct 28 2-4PM
Session 8
Advancing Community-Level Resilience 1: A New Perspective on High Water and Property Risk on Wayne County’s Lake Ontario Shoreline (Syracuse Univ., NY Sea Grant, Cornell, G/FLRPC)

Nov 1 Noon-1PM
Session 9
Historic Preservation 101: Building a better future through preservation of our past (Landmark Society of WNY)

Nov 3 Noon-1:30PM
Session 10
Solar, Solar - Everywhere: Solar, Battery Energy Storage, Zoning, and Experiences  (Wendel)

Nov 4 2-4PM
Session 11
Advancing Community-Level Resilience 2: Sewer and Septic Opportunities for Action (Syracuse Univ., NY Sea Grant, Cornell, G/FLRPC)

Nov 8 noon-1PM
Session 12
Innovations in Public Engagement (Highland Planning)

Nov 9 2-4PM
Session 13
Advancing Community-Level Resilience 3: Adopting Local Models of Flood Resiliency and Barriers to Implementation (Syracuse Univ., NY Sea Grant, Cornell, G/FLRPC)

Nov 10 noon-2PM
Session 14
Community Choice Aggregation (G/FLRPC, Town of Brighton)




NYS DOS Local Government Training