Breaking Ground Conference

Breaking Ground 2018

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, and sponsors at the 2015 Breaking Ground Conference.

This conference series highlights livability principles and implementation strategies throughout the Delaware Valley region.

Breaking Ground 2018: Transforming a Region Together

An implementation workshop for local governments and regional partners

March 22, 2018
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Who Should Attend?

This conference is an opportunity for government officials to engage and learn from each other. This conference has been designed for local government staff and officials, planning practitioners, community and economic development professionals, civil engineers, architects, and other professionals who work in or with different levels of government. Registration rate includes breakfast, lunch, conference materials, and a copy of Brian Elms’ book, Peak Performance.

Registration Rates: Early Bird Standard Rate (After 2/22/18)
Nonprofits and Government: $75 $100
Private Sector: $125 $175
Walk in Rate:   $200

Registration rate includes breakfast, lunch, conference materials, and a copy of Brian Elms’ book, Peak Performance. A limited number of scholarships are available. Inquiries should be sent to Karen Cilurso, Reservations are binding unless cancelled in writing by 3/18/2018.

Please Note: Online registration for this event closes as of 12 p.m. (Noon) 3/21/18. If registration has closed and you wish to attend, please register at the door. The walk in rate is $200.

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Agenda at a Glance

7:30am – 5:00pm Learning Lounge Open

Using technology to improve the performance of municipal government is not new, but innovations are constantly evolving. Many cities are using–or expect to use–a wide range of software tools, technology, and readily-available systems to handle a diversity of needs. Visit the Learning Lounge and discover trends that are changing how local government can save money and better serve its citizens!

7:30am Registration Open
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast with Exhibitors (Learning Lounge)
8:30am Opening Remarks
8:45am – 10:00am Sunrise Session: What do Citizens Really Want? (Millennium Hall, 2nd Floor)

Have you noticed that people are getting more demanding about everything? Especially services. Government pressure is mounting to make communities more citizen-centric. This session will highlight innovative strategies the City of Philadelphia is using to improve the city's relationship with its residents using human-centered design and evidence-based practices. Whether it's redesigning the city's website or rewriting mailers to increase the number of seniors who apply for a water bill discount program, the outcome is better government and better customer service.

10:00am – 10:30am Refreshment Break with Exhibitors (Learning Lounge)
10:45am – 12:00pm Morning Panel Discussions
12:15pm – 2:00pm Lunch & Lecture

Innovate, Elevate, Repeat by Brian Elms, Peak Performance Expert (Millennium Hall, 2nd Floor)

Brian Elms is the author of Peak Performance and the Director of Peak Academy and Analytics for the City and County of Denver. He specializes in process improvement and has more than 15 years of experience providing political, policy, legislative, and program management expertise to government agencies, elected officials, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. Brian started his career in public service after graduating from Regis University and joining the National School and Community Corps (AmeriCorps) as a team leader. After working in Washington DC for AARP, Brian moved back to his hometown and served as the Assistant Director of Government Affairs at Denver International Airport. In his current role as Director of the Peak Academy, he developed curriculum, training, and consulting services that focus on employee-led performance management and continuous improvement. Since its inception in 2011, Peak Academy initiatives have saved the City and County of Denver almost $25 million and the Academy has provided training to over 5,500 public and nonprofit professionals.

2:15pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Panel Discussions
3:30pm Adjournment

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