NYSAC hosts regular webinars on emerging topics of interest and importance to counties, including regular real-time updates from state and federal experts. Many webinars also feature topics that are new and not yet on the radar of county officials.
All webinars are free of charge for our members and typically last about one hour.
Past webinars are posted on here and on the NYSACTV YouTube channel to allow county officials to view a recording and pdf of the slides from the presentation at any time they would like for easy access to training.
February 15, 2024 10:00am-11:00am
Unlock New Opportunities with Clean Energy Communities Round 3.0
Join us as we delve into Round 3.0 of the Clean Energy Communities Program, which offers new ways for counties and municipalities to access grant funding, earn recognition, and receive ongoing support for clean energy solutions. Led by experts from the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), this webinar is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of this revamped program.
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Webinars Offered in 2024:
January 30, 2024
Fundamentals of Media Relations for Counties
Media relations have changed significantly over the years. As newsrooms have gotten smaller, and social media has created intense pressure on journalists to publish news in real-time and respond to public comments, people in government media relations roles need to have the knowledge and skills to assess a situation and respond quickly. In this session, you will learn tips for building positive relationships with journalists as well as a better understanding of the modern news cycle and how to handle media proactively and reactively.
January 29, 2024
Cybersecurity Protections in an Expanding Digital Environment
As governments and public leaders move to modernize how they engage with citizens, more and more services have a digital connection. These range from citizen-facing services such as 911 emergency services to websites for imparting information or scheduling services and using connections with a physical component such as public water and/or electrical meters. More and more essential government services, such as traffic lights and public utilities, are examples of Operational Technology (OT) that are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Keeping these types of public services available and our citizens safe is top of mind for leaders across state, county, and local government.
Join us for this webinar discussion of key issues, strategies, and response options available in New York State. Our presenter, Jim Richberg, is the Head of Cyber Policy and Global Field Chief Information Security Officer at a major security company. This webinar presentation is based, in part, on recent cybersecurity testimony that Jim gave to Congress earlier this month. Jim is a sought-after expert with more than 30+ year career building and running whole-of-government cyber programs and leading cyber activities across the 17 departments and agencies of the US Intelligence Community. This is a great opportunity to listen, learn, ask questions, and engage in a dialogue designed to help build local cyber security and awareness.
Jim Richberg | Fortinet Head of Cyber Policy and Global Field CISO
January 17, 2024
NYISO’s 2024 State of the Grid Webinar
The latest report from the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) highlights growing risks to electric system reliability driven by rising electricity demands, resource retirements, extreme weather, and other factors. These challenges will persist as more renewable energy resources and large load manufacturing projects — both critical for the state’s long-term economic viability — connect to the grid. Join us for a webinar with Kevin Lanahan, NYISO's Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications, as we discuss the challenges of the grid in transition and how those challenges may impact New York’s County and local governments.