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These resources were featured in the Feb. 1, 2024, issue of AGRiP eNews and may be of interest to pools. RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE FOR PUBLIC ENTITIES New training offered on understanding professional boundaries for educators (APEI) Guidance on navigating no-fault sewer backup coverage (CSD Pool) Information on how to avoid legal pitfalls when hiring (MCIT) Best practices for protecting workers and community members from accidents on ice and snow (NJMEL) Newsletter with articles about the safe operations of motor vehicles, upcoming safety training, the pool’s 30th anniversary and reflections ...
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Every pool wants — and needs — a culture that drives success and retains top talent. The first step in achieving that is to understand how your pool’s culture operates and which changes will improve it. As part of AGRiP’s 2024 Conscious Culture Residency , member pools can participate in a comprehensive assessment to reveal the hidden patterns shaping the environment at your pool. You’ll learn how team members work together and what behaviors are rewarded or discouraged (perhaps unintentionally) in your current culture. Join more than a dozen pools of every size and structure that are already using the survey. Pools can access this valuable resource ...
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AUSTIN, TX - Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TML Risk Pool) has been selected for a prestigious Award for Excellence in Performance by the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) for its innovative Local Officials: Stronger Together Podcast Series . This series of 15-minute podcast episodes (available at http://info.tmlirp.org/stp-podcast ) is directed primarily at elected officials, city managers and city attorneys, but has found a much broader audience interested to learn more about risk pooling and its benefits for public entities. TML Risk Pool has produced nearly 30 episodes of the podcast ...
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As AGRiP moves forward into 2024, we’re focused firmly on the infinite possibilities in pooling. AGRiP’s culture is one of constant innovation and experimentation. Even though we have many programs, services and conferences that are offered consistently, every outcome is entirely unique. We never do exactly the same thing twice! We’ll continue this experimentation in 2024, looking for new approaches to legacy events and education, as well as our other programs and services. Much of our innovation is borne directly from ideas generated by members, so be sure to let us know any time you have a suggestion. Maintaining innovative efforts requires ...
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We’re excited to announce Wendy Parker will join AGRiP as managing director beginning in February. Wendy is currently the executive director of HealthTrust , an employee benefits pool located in New Hampshire that is a long-time member of AGRiP. Wendy has more than thirty years of experience in pooling, risk management, employee benefit programs (as well as other coverages), organizational governance and leadership. Along with her vast experience, Wendy brings enthusiasm for pooling, AGRiP’s mission and community. She’ll work alongside AGRiP executive director Ann Gergen to manage operations, services and daily activities. The support of this new ...
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Governance Conference 2024 | Mar. 3-6 in Nashville, TN Governance Conference is for pool governing body members and the team supporting them to talk, learn and problem-solve in a pool-focused environment. Governing body members can explore concepts that relate to their role at the pool and in their role within a local public entity. All attendees will: Have a forum to ask questions pertinent to your pool. Learn how other pools do things, so you can consider new ideas to implement back home. Build a network of trusted people who understand the work you do. Connect with service providers in the pooling industry. Governance ...
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RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE FOR PUBLIC ENTITIES Safety tips for winter driving for employees with work vehicles (APEI) Risk management newsletter with articles about stormwater risk assessment, multi-factor authentication, ladder safety, pavement management and more (PERMA) Loss alert about file sharing and potential phishing attacks (CIRSA) Guidance on what to do following the first 72 hours after a cyberattack (CSD Pool) Safety bulletin on the hazards of sanitation operations (Comp Alliance) Winter maintenance tips for preventing damage and disruption to public property (NCHARRP) Article that ...
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We know that every pool is unique and looks to AGRiP for different support. Here are a few resources our members tell us are most useful. Many of these services are available only to members and once logged into AGRiP’s website. Access interactive, online learning that’s uniquely created by AGRiP for public entity pools through Pooling Academy . Courses include timely topics like prioritizing cyber risk management for members, financial reporting and data management, continuity planning and more. Enroll your new hires and governing body members in Pooling Basics , available any time through Pooling Academy or once a year in person ...
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Nominations for AGRiP Awards for Excellence are now open. Help recognize and celebrate those making an impact in our industry by nominating a colleague or pool for an award acknowledging their performance, leadership or service. Awards for Excellence highlight the very best and brightest in our public entity pooling community, regardless of role or tenure. Click one of the three award categories below, answer the prompts and send in a nomination before 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 30. The Performance Award recognizes an AGRiP member pool for developing, implementing and measuring the impact of a creative program. Our ...
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RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE FOR PUBLIC ENTITIES Guidance on reviewing policies related to dress code and anti-discrimination for language about natural hair textures and styles (MCIT) Takeaways from a recent seminar on data breaches (MCIT) Risk management newsletter with articles about the private conduct of public officials and employment practices (MVRMA) Article about weather trends that intensify the need for building resiliency and amusement rental risks (MIIA) Article about common mental health illness and treatment options for firefighters and first responders (CSD Pool) Best practices ...
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CEO Institute 2023 is Aug. 6–9 at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD, and will focus on a framework to help pools bring their six core values to life and put them into practice for many different purposes. Pool executives and senior staff are encouraged to attend. Unique for 2023 — pools must accept user terms to attend and gain access to proprietary materials that will be used during the event. Top pool executives received an email from AGRiP on May 10 with information on how to accept the terms and share the resources within their organization. If you need more information or the link to accept user terms, contact Devereaux Morkunas ...
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AGRiP is soliciting applicants for the first of two new, appointed positions on its Board of Directors, intended to broaden the range of perspectives and inputs represented. The deadline for applications is May 23 at 12 p.m. ET. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with fresh ideas and views to have an impact within the AGRiP community. The appointment will expand AGRiP’s existing Board of Directors in ways that are particularly important for the future of public entity pooling. The Board has carefully reviewed and determined requirements and preferences for the current appointment. The process advances candidates who are not the pool’s named designated ...
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As AGRiP wraps up Governance Conference 2023 work, we find ourselves reflecting on the experience. Thanks to all who attended (with a special nod of appreciation to those who presented at the conference to share their ideas and insights). Ours is an inspiring community of people working together to make pools more effective, collaborative and informed. Here’s a message from Executive Director Ann Gergen: Whenever I attend on e of our conference events, or any sort of pool gathering for that matter, I find myself immediately struck by two things. It's energizing when the pooling community is together. Our membership is filled ...
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AGRiP Recognition is a self-audit of pool operations and governance, based on eleven categories of pooling best practices, or Advisory Standards. The standards are developed by our Membership Practices Committee (MPC) and are based on many years of industry knowledge and insight. Pools that apply for Recognition compare their business process and governance practices against the Advisory Standards. Those that achieve Recognition can be confident they have fully explored industry standards, and are actively looking at best practices and learning from their peers. The following pools have earned Recognition since January 2022: Arizona School ...
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Kevin Crawford, executive director with the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) , has been selected for a prestigious Award for Excellence in Leadership by the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) . NYMIR is uniquely formed by three New York municipal associations: NY Association of Counties NY Conference of Mayors Association of Towns of the State of NY Kevin was instrumental in NYMIR’s formation in 1993. At that time, he was general counsel for the Association of Towns of the State of NY (AOT), where he helped AOT respond when municipalities were otherwise unable to obtain adequate and affordable coverage. As an attorney, ...
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Bill Tackett, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships with Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG) has been selected for a prestigious Award for Excellence in Service by the A ssociation of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) . “Bill is the epitome of a public servant and his career and volunteerism is proof of his dedication to public entities,” said Suzanne Paulson, OMAG’s CEO. Bill’s entire career has been in public service beginning in human resources for two Oklahoma cities and then as city manager for cities in Oklahoma and Texas. During that time, he voluntarily served on his local school board, the chamber of commerce and OMAG’s board. ...
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AGRiP has actively engaged in annual strategic planning and goal-setting since our start in 1998. Just like our member organizations, we experienced quickly changing priorities during the pandemic that caused us to become more tactical in the short term and to reexamine some long-held assumptions for the long term. In recognition of industry influences and a continued need for rapid adaptation, the AGRiP Board of Directors has set forward an incredibly powerful set of strategic goals for 2023. This year, AGRiP will: React in measured (not knee-jerk) fashion to changes Experiment Be highly visible and accessible to help ...
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The deadline to register and reserve your hotel room for Governance Conference 2023 is Monday, Feb. 13. New and experienced governing body members, staff and leaders from your pool will benefit from spending time together and learning alongside their peers across the industry. In addition to daily keynote speakers, roundtables for open sharing and networking opportunities, attendees will explore important and future-focused topics in: Governance --Identifying practices of an ineffective governing body (what not to do) --Governing body roles and ...
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As a relatively small and niche association, AGRiP is singularly committed to the values and spirit of pooling. We are an association of more than 200 pools, delivering programs and services that include education, best practices, industry intelligence, networking and advocacy. All AGRiP members renew on January 1. When you renew your commitment to AGRiP, your entire staff and governing body have access to resources they need to meet the obligations of the pool and expectations of its membership. Furthermore, your participation in AGRiP helps the community of pooling be more effective, collaborative and informed. Our dues increase for 2023 ...
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The resources below were featured in the Jan. 12, 2023, issue of AGRiP eNews and may be of interest to pools. RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE FOR PUBLIC ENTITIES Article about protecting property with routine safety inspections (AMERIND) Guidance on how and why to ensure sprinkler systems are fully operational (MCIT) Tips for safely maintaining retention ponds in winter weather (LMCIT) MEMBER-ORIENTED COMMUNICATIONS AND SERVICES Information on how to help firefighters protect themselves from skin cancer risks (CSD Pool) Resources related to increased cyberattacks on health and emergency services ...
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