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Yolanda Stephens

The Municipal Training Academy (MTA), introduced in the Fall of 1992, is an educational division of the Miami Valley Communications Council. The goal is to provide municipal employees and elected officials an opportunity to strengthen their skills through customized training and development courses at minimal cost.

The concept for the academy was initiated by the Council's Gov-Tech Committee. The committee, comprised of city managers of the Council's member cities, agreed the academy would be designed to accommodate all levels of employees as well as elected and appointed officials, by offering many diverse educational programs.

The Municipal Training Academy Committee was appointed to research, develop and recommend a broad range of educational opportunities using local resources. An employee needs assessment was conducted to further define training needs. The results play an important role in the on-going development of the Academy's customized training.

Recent training programs have focused on customer service, improving supervisory and leadership skills, comprehensive OSHA and safety compliance programs, seminars for newly elected officials, ethics in government, computer training as well as seminars dealing with the most recent state and federal requirements effecting local government operations.

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For more information about the Municipal Training Academy contact Yolanda Stephens at (937) 438-8887.


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Webinar: Financial Tools Available to Municipalities, to Fund Infrastructure

Miami Valley Communications Council
Municipal Training Academy
OMAA Webinar


MVCC will host the following on-site webinar at the MVCC Offices.  Space is limited.  Save your seat and register now!





Thursday, October 17, 2019
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon


This webinar will describe the financial tools available to cities to fund infrastructure improvements-including bonds, PACE financing, opportunity zones, and public private partnerships (P3)-, when and how to use and assemble them, identify the 
potential problems that cities need to be aware of when working with a private partner, and describe how to protect the cities' interests. 

PRESENTER: Stephen P. Samuels, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Stephen has been practicing environmental law in Ohio, and regionally, for forty years. He has served as trial counsel in hundreds of cases before the federal and Ohio state courts, the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, and the Reclamation and Oil and Gas Boards of Review; and has provided counsel and representation in myriad matters before USEPA, Ohio EPA, Michigan DEQ, West Virginia DEP, and the Ohio legislature. He assists private and public clients in defending administrative and judicial enforcement proceedings; obtaining and negotiating the terms of permits required by state and federal environmental and natural resource laws; defending and prosecuting private environmental claims; coordinating environmental assessments and environmental audits of property and businesses; preparing real estate purchase contracts, leases and other documents to ensure sound management of environmental risks in purchasing, selling and leasing property, and conducting business. He also assists business owners, cities, developers, inventors, and contractors with the broad spectrum of issues associated with "green" development and business practices.

Session will be hosted at

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd.  Centerville, OH 45459

Limited space available

No Cost for MVCC Members/$10 Affiliates/$15 Partner Members $20 Non Members


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 Note: Cancellations within 5 business days or no-shows will incur the registration fee
For questions contact Yolanda Stephens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 937.424.1663

Records Retention

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Miami Valley Communications Council 
invites you to attend


Everything you need to know about local government records retention
Each of Ohio's local governments creates records on a regular basis. Today, physical storage is at a premium and recent legislation has brought public records to the forefront, so now is the perfect time to review, or begin, your government's records management program. Do you find yourself asking, "when is it okay to dispose of public records?" Or, "Is there a process to follow?"
Key Concepts will include:
• Pertinent Definitions and Ohio Revised Code
• RC Forms (RC-1, RC-2, RC-3)
• Procedures and Inventory Preparation
• Records Commissions & Determining Retention Periods
• Storage Considerations & Media Type Decisions
Instructor: Amanda Rindler
Amanda Rindler is the Local Government Records Archivist with the State Archives at the Ohio History Connection.  As the Local Government Records Archivist, she provides records related advice and assistance to local governments in order to facilitate the identification and preservation of records with enduring historical value.  
Amanda holds a BA in History from Ball State University and a Master’s of Library Science with specialization in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University.  She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, Society of Ohio Archivists, and National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators. 

Who Should Attend:




Public officers, elected officials, legal counsel, those who have any responsibility for maintaining public records.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

10:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 3:00pm
MVCC Conference Room
1195 E. Alex Bell Rd.  Centerville, OH 45459

Costs: $25 Members/$30 Affiliates & Partners/$35 Non-Members 
Workshop will be invoiced After the class.
Space is limited! Please register within 5 days of the training date to attend.

Register at MVCC Online Registration or visit

Cancellations must be made within 5 business days prior to the day of training; otherwise your city will be charged the course fee. Substitutions are welcome.


Jenny Combs, MVCC, Administrative Assistant
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Effective Performance Management


  logo 1          Miami Valley Communications Council invites you to attend

Municipal Training Academy

Effective Performance Management

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Performance Management is more than just a yearly evaluation - it is an ongoing process involving both management and employees.  In this workshop, you will learn techniques and strategies to incorporate the annual performance review into ongoing performance management.  You will also learn how to:
• Set, communicate and apply consistent standards within and among workgroups
• Provide constructive feedback and set realistic goals to build your best workforce
• Identify and overcome obstacles to effective performance management and evaluations
• Address difficult performance issues
• Review strategies to keep your high performers engaged
• Apply newly learned techniques with your colleagues in the region
Instructors:  With over 30 years combined experience in Human Resources, the City of Kettering HR Management team will guide you through the often dreaded task of evaluating your employees and establishing a more holistic approach to performance management.
Sara E. Mills Klein, Esq. is the Human Resource Director for the City of Kettering and has extensive experience in labor and employment law and human resources.  She is a frequent presenter on a variety of human resource and labor relations issues.  Joining Ms. Mills Klein, are 
Patti Houser, HR Manager, City of Kettering  is responsible for all aspects of the recruitment and selection of City Staff, preparation of salary and benefit surveys and revision and preparation of the Personnel Ordinance, City polices and salary tables.  Patti also serves as a member of the management negotiating team for the City’s Collective Bargaining Agreements
Jenny Smith,  HR Manager, City of Kettering is responsible for Civil Service hiring and promotional processes in the Police and Fire Departments, as well as other City recruitments; Family and Medical Leave Act compliance, Random Drug and Alcohol testing oversight, and reviewing background checks for all potential candidates. She is also a member of the management negotiating team for the City’s six labor unions.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Safety Committee and is a member of Employee Council. 

Who should attend:

This workshop is beneficial not only for the new supervisor, but also for the experienced supervisor who is looking for a fresh approach to performance management.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019
8:30 am Registration (coffee and pastries provided)
9:00 am to 12:30 pm 

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd, Centerville, OH


MVCC Members $35/ Affiliate & Partner Members $45/Non-Members $55 (invoices sent AFTER training)


Space is limited!  Please register within 5 days of the training date to attend.

Register at MVCC Online Registration or visit

Cancellations must be made within 1 week prior to the day of training; otherwise your city will be charged the course fee.


Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 937-424-1663


Dealing with Personality Differences

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Dealing with Personality


Do you understand what makes you ‘tick?’ Chances are, you might not. All too often, we do not understand why we do what we do. Nor do we understand why others do what they do.

Do you want to know more about your personality? Do you work with someone whose personality just doesn’t mesh with yours?  Do you have a difficult co-worker or customer that rubs you the wrong way?  Personalities can make or break a team and the work environment.  Each personality brings its’ own strengths and challenges.  In this workshop you will learn your personality type, pitfalls to avoid and strengths to leverage.  You will also learn why others “act the way that they do” and how you can leverage one another’s tendencies in order to be successful.
In this session you will:
• Identify your personality type and how it impacts your team
• Learn to maximize your style and understand the styles of others to increase your effectiveness 
• Discover better ways of working together in a collaborative environment
• Recognize how preferences can impact conflicts and their resolution
• Make organizational decisions that take into account possibilities, consequences, and the impact on people
Instructor: Yolanda N. Stephens, Municipal Training Academy
Yolanda brings over 20 years of experience in human resources, training and organizational development. She manages the training program for Miami Valley Communications Council and oversees the Municipal Training Academy, supporting over 30 local cities.  Yolanda also teaches soft skills courses in leadership development, human resources, generational diversity, strategic planning and more. 
Dates & Locations:
(choose one date)
November 5, 2019
8:30AM to 12:30PM
Vandalia Justice Center
245 James Bohanan
Vandalia, OH
Register by Nov. 1st
November 13, 2019
8:30AM to 12:30PM
Miami Valley Comm. Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd.
Centerville, OH 
Register by Nov. 8th
Cost: $35 MVCC Members/$45 Affiliate & Partner Members/$55 Non-Members

Space is limited !  Register early!
Register at MVCC Online Registration or visit

Cancellations must be made within 1 week prior to the day of training; otherwise your city will be charged the course fee. 
Questions: Contact Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
, 937-424-1663