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A Good Time To Be Hiring (July 6, 2020 Pooling Perspective)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for pools in many ways, and some have made the difficult decision to furlough or lay off employees. However, for those pools fortunate enough to be hiring new talent, the current employment market provides...


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Responding to Two Common Pooling Misconceptions (June 22, 2020 Pooling Perspective)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director AGRiP has been approached by three national news organizations interested in learning more about how pools influence local law enforcement policies and practices. Some of our members have also been contacted, as have several law enforcement agencies,...


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Using the Overton Window to Anticipate Change (June 9, 2020 Pooling Perspective)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Note: Throughout the pandemic, Ann Gergen has been offering regular insight into COVID-19 issues AGRiP members are experiencing and related trends to monitor. With pools now once again broadening their focus beyond COVID-19, Ann’s perspective...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (June 1, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been participating in small weekly meetings with people from different backgrounds who share a keen interest in local public entities. Each week, we’ve shared “weak signals” (i.e., underappreciated, hard-to...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 27, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Benefit pools are providing early indicators of the overall impact and cost of COVID-19 on local public entities and the broader pooling community. Here are a few of the most notable coronavirus-related trends, influences and service impacts among...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 18, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director And, just like that, many pools are now focused on topics related to reopening. You are likely beginning to guide your members on whether, when and how they can safely reopen facilities and restart services. You’re probably also developing plans for...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 11, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Last week, I shared a common sentiment I’ve heard from pools : “It’s hard to plan, because we just don’t know what to expect from the coronavirus.” Another related question being explored is: “When might things return to normal?” We all want to...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (May 4, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director One sentiment is repeated in almost every conversation happening right now within the public entity pooling community: “It’s hard to plan, because we just don’t know what to expect from the coronavirus.” We’re all looking for hard data sources to...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (April 27, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director I’ve been holding off writing about pool staffing and operational issues, knowing most pools are highly focused on addressing the needs of their members, managing coverage uncertainties, reconsidering reinsurance needs and more. Two emails this...


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Pooling Perspective on COVID-19 (April 20, 2020)

By Ann Gergen, Executive Director Someone asked me last week what, if anything, is common to most pools’ COVID-19 experiences. Not all pools face the exact same circumstances, but I think it’s fair to say these are the typical realities and issues pools are facing today: 1. Liability...