We invite everyone who will be in Wellington next Thursday, the 14th of April to come down to The Marketplace. This will be your opportunity to learn about the innovative projects being undertaken by councils throughout the country. There will be 15 exhibition spaces staffed by council representatives knowledgeable in the projects being showcased. The 15 are a selection of the 31 projects entered in the 2016 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards. At The Marketplace we will also be showing all the videos submitted with the Excellence Award project entries.

The Marketplace, sponsored by Streamliner, will be open in the Cable Room, Mac's Function Centre on Wellington's Waterfront from noon on the 14th of April. It will be open till 5.30pm, for those who aren't attending our Gala Dinner that evening, and entrance is free.

It will remain open for Gala Dinner guests until about 6.15pm as pre-Dinner drinks will be served in The Marketplace room. If you're wanting plenty of time to check out the projects the best - i.e. quietest - times to visit The Marketplace will be between 1pm and 3pm and between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

A reminder too that tickets to our Gala Dinner on the night of the 14th of April have sold out.

Our Local Government Chief Executives Forum and Masterclass is on 14 & 15 April and Chief Executives can find more information and register here. The last session of the second day is on the Operational and Management Effectiveness Programme and is exclusively for Foundation Councils (the 26 councils that joined the Programme last year). Chief Executives of these councils may nominate a member of their staff who is involved in the Programme to join them for this session.

Our Annual EA/PA Forum is in Wellington on 12 & 13 May. You can find more information and register here. We have just added a dinner at Dockside on the night of the first day, to the programme.

Project Management is on 19 & 20 May in Christchurch. Register here for this two day course.

A two day training on the topical issue of Managing CCOs and Alternatives is being held on 30 & 31 May in Wellington. Find out more and register here.

For those involved in addressing the future shape of the local government workforce, our Future Workforce Forum is being held on 20 & 21 June in Wellington. Please note that this Forum replaces our traditional HR Forum. While it will cover some of the same topics and is a 'must attend' for HR professionals the programme will provide a much broader and future-focused take on workforce management. Registrations are open and full details including the programme will be available shortly in our website here.

Registrations are now open for the workshop on Changing Demographics on 30 June in Wellington. This interactive one day event is an opportunity to gain an understanding about how changing demographics could impact communities and how to plan for those changes. Find out more and register here.

A full list of our upcoming events can be found in our Event Calendar.

You’re invited to register for the 6th Eco Design Advisors Conference and their 10th birthday on Friday, 15 April 2016 in Palmerston North.

Advisors are based within councils and provide factual, independent and tailored advice on how to make homes warmer, more comfortable and healthier for the occupants. The conference is suitable for local and central government representatives, health professionals, sustainability practitioners, designer and building professionals, researchers and students. The topics covered will include: home heating considerations, raising the standard of rental housing, effective client centred learning, building above the Building Code, layouts new builds and alterations, double glazing, house up specs for 2016, thermal imaging, plenary sessions and networking drinks.

Cost is $110 including lunch and morning tea. For registrations go to www.ecodesignadvisor.org.nz