2017 Pre-Conference and Conference!

The SDAO Annual Conference is the best opportunity for you to attend SDAO training and education programs, network and interact with colleagues and service providers, and conduct association business.  Whether you are a special district member, non-member-affiliate organization, or provider of goods and services to special districts, the conference will have something for you.  

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7-8am: Breakfast
8am-Noon: Ethics, Morals, and the Political Environment | Presented by: George Dunkel, SDAO and
Jeff Griffin, OFCA
9am-5pm: SDAO Risk Management Trends | Presented by: SDAO Risk Management Staff and
Panel of Speakers
Noon-1pm:  Lunch
5-6:30pm: Welcoming Reception


7:30am-6pm: Exhibitor Trade Show
8:30-10am: Keynote Speaker | Entering the Shift Age, David Houle
10:30am-Noon: Breakout Sessions

  • Foundations of Public Contracting Part I: Don't be Afraid | Presented by: Eileen Eakins
  • Opioid Impact on Society - History to Present | Presented by: Brad Lorber, MD, Northwest Occupational Medicine Center
  • Re-Tooling Your Performance Management | Presented by: Stacy Maxwell, Jackson County Fire District 3 and Kelly Williams, Centerpoint
  • What Now? Making Sense of the Healthcare Industry During Turbulent Times |  Presented by: Katie Peterson, The Partners Group
Noon-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30-3pm: Breakout Sessions
  • Foundations of Public Contracting Part II: Essential Contract Components and Sample Contracts | Presented by: Eileen Eakins
  • Emergency Management/Oregon's Resiliency Plan | Presented by: Mark Knudson, Tualatin Valley Water District and Jon Newman, Enterprise Sales Agility Recovery
  • He Said What? Limits of Employee Protected Speech | Presented by: Chandra Hatfield and Dee Rubanoff, Peck Rubanoff & Hatfield
  • SDIS Member Portal Overview | Presented by: Gary Byars, SDAO
3:15-5pm: District Caucus Meetings
5-6pm: Exhibitor Reception


7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
8:30-10am: Breakout Sessions
  • Maintaining Effective Volunteer Board Members and Boards | Presented by: Rob Mills and George Dunkel, SDAO
  • The Immunities: Recreational and Discretionary | Presented by: Spencer Rockwell and Dan Davenport, SDAO
  • Wrongful Discharge and Constitutional Claims | Presented by: Ron Downs, SDAO
  • How to Build a Special District Website in Less Than Two Hours! | Presented by: Sloane Dell'Orto, Streamline
10:30am-Noon: Breakout Sessions
  • Government and Liability Training for New Board Members | Presented by: Frank Stratton, SDAO
  • Employment Practices: Litigation and How to Avoid It | Presented by: Teri Dragoo and Jens Jensen, SDAO
  • Good Communication Essential in Handling Workers' Compensation Cases | Presented by: Judy Clark, HR Answers
  • Navigating Today's World of Municipal Finance | Presented by: David Ulbricht, SDAO and Ann L. Sherman, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
Noon-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30-3pm:  Breakout Sessions
  • Top Ten Board Member Best Practices | Presented by: Christy Monson, Local Government Law Group
  • Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Toolkit | Presented by: Greg Jackson, SDAO
  • Public Sector Workplace Investigations | Presented by: Joe Henner, Pacific Consulting and Investigations, Inc.
  • Legislative Update | Presented by: Hasina Squires and Mark Landauer, SDAO
3:15-4:30pm: Annual Business Meeting
6-8pm: Awards Banquet & Entertainment

8-9am: Breakfast
8:30-10am: Closing Speaker | Seven Lessons from Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail, Bob Welch

Back by Popular Demand! The conference mobile app will be available for download from the Apple Store and Google Play in January. You can access the conference handouts, schedule, speaker information, sponsors, exhibitors, and more!

Please note: The conference has gone digital! Print the handouts before you arrive at the conference, or access them electronically while attending sessions. From this website, hover over Resources and click the Presentations link. Select a workshop title to download a PDF of the handouts for that session.

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Exhibitor Trade Show

Providers will showcase their products and services at the Exhibitor Trade Show on Friday, February 9 from 7:30am - 6pm. Special districts have a multitude of service needs and product requirements that our exhibitors can meet. Attendees can visit each booth and have exhibitors sign their Exhibitor Drawing Card to be eligible to win a special prize!

Contact SDAO Member Services if you are interested in exhibiting.

Be Sure to Attend Your Caucus Meeting on Friday, February 9th!

This is an opportunity for members to meet with peers to conduct caucus business, discuss current legislative issues, and make nominations for vacant SDAO board member positions.

The expiration of terms on the SDAO Board creates an opportunity for you to contribute to the success of SDAO and special districts throughout Oregon. Expiring positions will be open for election at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday. Positions open for nomination and the present representatives include:

True At-Large (Not from fire, water, sanitary, port, park & recreation, or irrigation)
• One Position

Big Six At-Large (Only from fire, water, sanitary, port, park & recreation, or irrigation)
• Two Positions

• One Position

• One Position

• One Position

Board members are elected for two-year terms extending from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.