Spring Conference

POSTPONED -- Due to the Covid-19 virus issue the Executive Board of CCATO has determined it is both prudent and socially responsible to postpone the Spring Conference.

 When the alternate plans evolve we will notify all.

Save the date! March 12, 2020

The Desmond Hotel

One Liberty Boulevard

Malvern, PA 19355

Program begins at 8 A.M.


Registration -- Municipalities

Registration - Affiliates, Teaming Partners & Agencies

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
  • PSATS Update -- Karen Priego, Policy and Research Analyst
  •  Provident Energy Consultants

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

Cybersecurity and Protecting Your Township from Intrusions

Cybersecurity has become a critical issue to all levels of government.  A cyber-attack could endanger and interrupt the delivery of your townships normal business services due to disruption of critical IT infrastructure.  Protecting the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive information, system networks and infrastructure from digital attack is critical. This panel will provide information on how to identify risks, protect against risks, detect risks, respond to cyber-attacks and recover from a disaster or a full-blown cyber-attack.  Real-life examples of recent cyber-attacks against local governments will be discussed and how those municipalities recovered.  Employee training and IT hardware / software are one of the front-line defenses against cyber-attacks and will also be discussed.


  • David Menichello, Director of CISO Advisory Services, BTB Security
  • Dan DiGregorio, Business Development Manager, Help Now, LLC
  • Josh Cook, Director of IT Operation, Help Now LLC
  • John Kavak, Chief Information Officer, Chester County

  • Carol De Wolf, Westtown Twp., Board of Supervisors, CCATO Board


Beneficial Riparian Buffers, DCNR’s Funding and Fee-Based Programs to Improve Water Quality

Municipalities are taking the necessary steps to protect water quality. This session will provide an overview on the benefits of riparian buffer plantings as well as the practicalities and practices for site preparation, installation and initial maintenance.  This will provide a hands-on perspective for what makes a successful buffer. will illustrate and discuss the importance of buffers, their maintenance, and PA DCNR’s Riparian Forest Buffer Program which provides funding for them. In addition, this presentation will provide a framework for introducing a fee-based system and provide examples to help the public better understand how a newly implemented fee could be applied.



  • Pam Brown, Conservation Director, French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
  • Rob Daniels, Senior Land Use Planner, Brandywine Conservancy,
  • Kelsey Boyd, Landscape Planning Program Manager, Natural Lands
  • Drew Gilchrist, PA DCNR Southeast Regional Advisor
  • Mark Harman, P.G., Senior Vice-President, ARRO Consulting
  • Charles Fleishman, Upper Oxford Twp., Board of Supervisors, CCATO Board


Return on Environment – Quantifying the Returns on Investing in Protected Open Space.

For many, picturesque natural landscapes are the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Chester County. These protected landscapes not only contribute to the strong sense of place that attracts residents and enterprise to the county, but also put money in the pockets of our residents, businesses and local governments.  The recently completed Return on Environment study quantifies the various economic benefits generated by protected open space. This presentation will share how Chester County’s preserved open spaces increase property values, manage stormwater, improve health, strengthen our economy, save local governments money, and make the county more competitive within the region




  • Ernie Holling, Executive Director, CCATO


Transparency & Communication in Local Government

Local government is tasked with delivering a wide breadth of services to our communities such as emergency services, public works, zoning, solid waste and recycling, sewer, etc. It is no longer “good enough” to simply deliver these services; local governments must be customer service centered, transparent, and actively communicative. This workshop will review various ways in which local governments can communicate, using various media, all the while incorporating this emphasis on increased transparency into existing processes. Participants will discuss various communication media, i.e. websites, social media, and newsprint, documents that can be used to communicate with the public, and process changes that will encourage and emphasize transparency.



  • Cary B. Vargo, Director of Innovation & Business Services, ARRO Consulting, Inc.
  • Guy A. Donatelli, Esq., Lamb McErlane, P.C.

  • Sandy D’Amico, Upper Uwchlan Twp., Board of Supervisors, CCATO Board


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

  • Chester County Update -- Marian Moskowitz, Chair Board of Commissioners
  •  Presidental Award for Meritorius Service
  • Lewis H. Marshall Award
  • Announcements

Afternoon Session (Afternoon session will begin at the conclusion of lunch) 

Political Pathways —The Politics of a Divided America 

Dr. G. Terry Madonna is a nationally recognized political pollster and commentator. He is Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College where he directs the national and state Franklin and Marshall College Polls. Dr. Madonna will assess the Trump presidency, the politics of a divided America and examine aspects of Pennsylvania politics. He will examine the factors likely to matter in the 2020 election, focusing on the nomination battles, the candidates, the issues, and the most recent polls. He will also provide an assessment of past elections, with an emphasis on how they might shed light on the 2020 election.

  • G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll

Registration -- Affiliates, Teaming Partners & Agencies