Spring Conferences

Save the date! Thursday, March 8, 2018

Due to impending inclement weather, the Spring Conference has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Scheduled times remain the same - please see below.   

Spring Conference Now Scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Online Registration Form - Municipal Members 

Online Registration Form - Affiliate Members/Teaming Partners (table registration) 

The Desmond Great Valley Hotel & Conference Center

1 Liberty Boulevard

Malvern, PA 19355 

Registration begins at 8 a.m., General Session at 9 a.m. and Breakout Sessions Begin at 10:45 a.m. 

Please take the time to visit with all of our Affiliate members and exhibitors. CCATO’s Affiliate members and other teaming partners make available invaluable knowledge and resources; take the time to get to know them!

9:00 a.m. -- 10:15 a.m. General Session

  • Opening remarks
  • Audit Committee Report
  • Hillary Krummrich, Director, Chester County Agricultural Development Council  
  • PSATS Update 

10:45 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session (please choose one session per attendee)

Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Mobility


The panel will discuss the expected impacts of connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and advanced transportation technologies on existing transportation infrastructure and new strategic directions. These technologies are expected to have a significant impact on the planning of our communities in the near future.

Moderator: Amanda Sundquist Esq., Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees  
Panelist: Mathew M. Kozsuch, P.E., Associate & General Manager - Exton, McMahon Associates  

Panelist: Brian Styche, Transportation Services Director, Chester County Planning Commission  
Panelist: P. Timothy Phelps, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Chester County  
Panelist: Roger Cohen, Special Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation 

Panelist Biographies 

Igniting a Healthy, Sustainable Chester County Economy

VISTA 2025 is a Chester County public-private partnership effort that is focused on creating and implementing an economic development strategy for Chester County. What are the critical variables needed to ensure a long-term, sustainable, healthy, growing economy in Chester County? This panel will discuss, needs, critical core services, planning, and other variables as they relate to economic development strategies.  

Moderator: Sandra D'Amico, Supervisor,  Upper Uwchlan Township   

Panelist: Brian O'Leary, Executive Director, Chester County Planning Commission 

Panelist: Gary Smith, President & CEO, Chester County Economic Development Council 
Panelist: Tony Scheivert, New Garden Township Manager 
Panelist: Neal Fisher, Vice-President of Development, The Hankin Group   

Panelist Biographies 

The Opioid Crisis in Chester County


The misuse of and addiction to opioids including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is a serious national crisis that affects many of our families in Chester County. This panel will discuss this national crisis and our commitment to fight this crisis in Chester County

Moderator: Ernie Holling, Supervisor, West Pikeland Township  
: Erik Walschburger, Chester County Deputy District Attorney 

Panelist: Jamie Johnson, Deputy Director, Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services 

Housing Needs In Chester County - Affordable Housing, Rentals, Accessory Dwelling Units, and Tiny Houses 

Affordable housing is a key economic development strategy, attracting and retaining a growing, well-educated workforce. There is growing recognition of the significant economic benefits to providing diverse housing options. This panel will discuss affordable housing options, walkable, mixed use neighborhood options, accessory dwelling units, tiny houses and related planning issues.     

Moderator: Charles Fleischmann, Supervisor, Upper Oxford Township 

Panelist: Anthony T. Verwey, Esq., Gawthrop Greenwood, PC  

Panelist: Susan Elks, Planning Services Division Director, Chester County Planning Commission 

Panelist Biographies   

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

  • Chester County Update -- Michelle Kichline, Chairperson, Chester County Commissioners 
  • Natural Lands Growing Greener Communities Award 
  • Lewis H. Marshall Award
  • Announcements

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Session (Afternoon session will begin at the conclusion of lunch) 

Laying It on the Line: Pipelines in Your Township

This workshop will provide an overview of major pipeline projects in Chester County, how these pipelines are approved and regulated, and the role of townships in the siting, construction, and operation of these pipelines and related facilities.

Moderator: E. Martin Shane, Supervisor, East Goshen Township  
Panelist: Mark L. Freed, Esq., Curtin & Heefner, LLP   
Panelist: Dominic Rocco, Acting Environmental Program Manager, PADEP Regional Permit Coordination Office 
Panelist: Carol Stauffer, Infrastructure & Plan Review Division Director, Chester County Planning Commission
Panelist: Rick Smith, East Goshen Township Manager  
Panelist: William Turner, Chester County Deputy Director of Emergency Management 

Panelist Biographies  

Online Registration Form - Affiliate Members/Teaming Partners (table registration)