Speakers Bureau

The Speakers’ Bureau is a free educational program which was created for citizens to receive information about City programs and services, and learn about topics of interest. Through this unique program, your group can request a guest speaker to attend meetings or special events to deliver brief presentations on a variety of topics. Specialists from each of the City’s Departments are eager to educate your group about City services, programs, activities, and topical issues that affect our customers.

Groups may include Homeowner’s Associations, Neighborhood Associations, school clubs,  senior groups, or any other group who wants to be involved.

Speakers will present information on topics such as: Understanding Code Enforcement in the neighborhoods • Neighborhood Capacity Building • Zoning • Community Policing • Starting a Neighborhood Watch Group • Recycling • Water Conservation • Transportation •  Code Enforcement • Fire Safety. Presentations are intended to be short informational talks on topics specific to City services. The talks are not designed to be workshops or seminars.

SPEAKERS BUREAU

Get involved and get
in-the-know
!

contact:
Community Outreach Coordinator
at 704-920-5298
or via email at jzarc@concordnc.gov

Presentations are intended to be short informational talks on topics specific to City services. The talks are not designed to be workshops or seminars.

 

HOW TO REQUEST A SPEAKER:

To request a speaker simply send an email request to the staff contact. Include the topic, name of the organization, and the desired date and time of the meeting where the speaker will give the presentation. We will do our best to accommodate all requests, so please allow two weeks advance notice if possible.

 

Topics and Speakers

Parks and Recreation

Description Speaker
Greenway Trails of Concord
Telling the history and future of greenway trails in Concord.
Mark Conversano
Program Coordinator
(704) 920-5614
conversa@concordnc.gov
Park & Recreation Programs and Events
A description of Concord Park & Recreation's menu of programs and festival opportunities available to the public.
Mark Conversano
Program Coordinator
(704) 920-5614
conversa@concordnc.gov
Volunteering
How adults can volunteer with Concord Parks and Recreation.
Debbie Littlefield
Special Programs Supervisor
704-920-5615
littlefieldd@concordnc.gov
Couch to 5k
A description of how you can participate in Concord Park & Recreation's popular Couch to 5K program! The Couch to 5K program is a fantastic program that's been designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks.
Sara Rodgers
Asst. Program Supervisor
704-920-5619
rogerss@concordnc.gov

Environment and Sustainability

Description Speaker
Recycling
How does it work? What is recyclable, and what is not? What are the proper procedures for preparing & setting out recyclables? Why is recycling important? What happens to my recyclables? What is reuse?
Mandy Smith-Thompson
Environmental Educator
704-920-5379
smithal@concordnc.gov
Stormwater
What is stormwater? What is the storm drainage system? Is that the same thing as the sewer? How can we protect stormwater quality and prevent pollution?
Mandy Smith-Thompson
Environmental Educator
704-920-5379
smithal@concordnc.gov
Water Use & Conservation
The water cycle never stops. The earth will never run out of water. So, why should I conserve water? Where does our water come from? Where does it go when it leaves my house? Is it cleaned up before it gets to me? Is it cleaned up after it leaves? What are some easy ways to save water and keep it clean?
Mandy Smith-Thompson
Environmental Educator
704-920-5379
smithal@concordnc.gov
Environmental Education
What is environmental education? & Why is it important?
Mandy Smith-Thompson
Environmental Educator
704-920-5379
smithal@concordnc.gov
Environmentally Friendly Cleaning
What are some of the hazards associated with every day cleaning? How can I avoid them, and why should I care? What risks do the products I use every day pose to my family and to the environment?
Mandy Smith-Thompson
Environmental Educator
704-920-5379
smithal@concordnc.gov

Water & Wastewater Services

Topic Speaker
Smoke Testing
Tracking inflow and infiltration and locating defects through means of introducing smoke into the sewer system.
Gary Fritz
Wastewater - Systems Compliance Officer
(704) 920-5352
fritzg@concordnc.gov
FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease)
The problems associated with flushing grease down your drain and the do’s and don’ts of grease disposal.
Gary Fritz
Wastewater - Systems Compliance Officer
(704) 920-5352
fritzg@concordnc.gov
Easement Identification, Notification and Education
Explanation of Concord’s program of sewer easement location, home owner notification and education and archiving of the information for interdepartmental use
Gary Fritz
Wastewater - Systems Compliance Officer
(704) 920-5352
fritzg@concordnc.gov

Crime Prevention & Public Safety

Topic Speaker
Gang Awareness
Overview of gang tagging, signs, symbols, gang history, how to recognize involvement

Leslie Griffin 
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5007
griffinl@concordnc.gov

Rhonda Hathcock 
(704) 920-5001 
hathcockr@concordnc.gov

Robbery prevention to businesses
Situational awareness for employees, recognizing suspicious behavior, how to react but remain safe if robbery occurs, crime scene preservation.
Leslie Griffin 
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5007
griffinl@concordnc.gov

Rhonda Hathcock 
(704) 920-5001 
hathcockr@concordnc.gov
ID Theft and Financial Crimes prevention
How to protect personal information, recognizing common scams, what to do if personal information is compromised
Leslie Griffin 
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5007
griffinl@concordnc.gov

Rhonda Hathcock 
(704) 920-5001 
hathcockr@concordnc.gov
Internet Safety (general)
What not to give out or post on the Internet, Common Scams to lure people into revealing personal information.
Leslie Griffin 
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5007
griffinl@concordnc.gov

Rhonda Hathcock 
(704) 920-5001 
hathcockr@concordnc.gov
Parent Awareness for Internet Safety
What to look for to monitor child's use of computer, how to install parental controls, how to effectively monitor a child's use of a computer

Det. Larissa Beaver  
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5088

 

Elder abuse recognition and prevention
Tips for community care givers and private citizens on recognizing elder abuse and measures to prevent it from occurring

Det. Larissa Beaver  
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5088

Child Pornography prevention

Det. Roger Landers   
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5073

 

Child abuse recognition and prevention
Tips for recognizing signs of child abuse, measures to prevent it, steps to report suspected child abuse, and what to expect once a case is reported.

Det. Roger Landers   
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5073

 
Crime Scene processing and evidence collection
Elements of evidence preservation and analysis.

 

 
Sgt. Brian Schiele 
 
Concord Police
 
(704) 920.5046
Firearm Safety
Safe storage and handling of firearms and laws governing firearm possession.

Sgt. Jimmy Hughes  
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5060

 

Capt. Mike Greene   
Concord Police 
(704) 979-1000

Workplace violence prevention
How to recognize signs of potential co-worker or customer violence, planning and controlling environment to prevent workplace violence.

Capt. Doug Wilhelm   
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5047

Personal crime prevention and personal safety
Awareness of environment, surroundings, and personal actions to help prevent becoming a victim of crime.
 Leslie Griffin 
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5007
griffinl@concordnc.gov

Rhonda Hathcock 
(704) 920-5001 
hathcockr@concordnc.gov
Neighborhood Watch: How do I get a Neighborhood Watch Program started in my neighborhood?

Sgt. Edie Moss   
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5063 

Traffic accident investigation and reconstruction methods
Elements of evidence preservation and analysis.
 
Sgt. Tim Hartsell    
Concord Police 
(704) 920-5027 
Code Enforcement Overview
Overview of city codes addressing nuisance problems, the process to investigate and address violations of minimum housing requirements, overgrown or trashy property, and abandoned or junk vehicles.
David Barnhardt
Code Enforcement Manager
(704) 920-5144
barnhardtd@concordnc.gov

Fire & Life Safety

Topic Speaker
Residential Fire Safety
These Fire Educators can assist with all aspects of Fire Safety in the home. Presentation would be dictated by the needs of those in attendance.
Norman Franklin
Fire Life Educator
(704) 920-5529
franklin@concordnc.gov
Concord Department of Fire & Life Safety Departmental Operations
This would be of interest to those who wish to learn more about how our department operates on a daily basis.
Ray Allen
Deputy Chief - Operations
(704) 920-5536
allenr@concordnc.gov

Roger Cline
(704) 920-5535
RCline@concordnc.gov
Concord Department of Fire & Life Safety Fire Prevention Information
This would be information relating to the Fire Marshal’s Office, including information on Fire Prevention.
Mark Brown
(704) 920-5525
brownm@concordnc.gov

Adam Ryerson
(704) 920-5129
ryersona@concordnc.gov
Inspections and Presentations regarding Clubhouses, Pool areas, etc.
This is inspections and presentations relating to fire safety in non-residential areas of the neighborhoods.
Mark Brown
(704) 920-5525
brownm@concordnc.gov
Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Program
This program works with young people and their families to deal with juveniles who have shown the tendencies of setting fires.
Norman Franklin
Fire Saftety Educator
(704) 920-5529
franklin@concordnc.gov

Jeff Bostian 
Fire Safety Educator
(704) 920-5538
bostianj@concordnc.gov
Concord Fire & Life Safety Hydrant Maintenance Program
Brief overview of the Concord Department of Fire & Life Safety’s hydrant maintenance program focusing on why and how it is done, and also what impact it could have in the neighborhood.
Ray Allen
Deputy Chief - Operations
(704) 920-5536
allenr@concordnc.gov

Keith Fitch
(704) 920-5520
fitchk@concordnc.gov
ISO- Fire Department Operations as it relates to insurance ratings
This would be an informational session on how the operation of the fire department has an impact on residential and commercial insurance ratings.
Curtis Teague
Deputy Chief - Administrative Services
(704) 920-5524
teaguec@concordnc.gov
Car Seat Safety
The fire department often fields a number of questions from the public regarding proper Child Safety Seat installation, including the proper seat for the age and size of the child. This would be an informational session for the participants to ask questions directly to the Fire Educator(s).
Norman Franklin
Fire Life Educator
(704) 920-5529
franklin@concordnc.gov
Emergency Management  including:
Presentation on Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness in the areas of Flooding/Severe Weather, Community Preparedness, Neighborhood Security, Disaster Preparedness, and Emergency Operations. Please Note: When requesting this presentation please indicate the preferred topic choice from the list above.
Jim Sells
(704) 920-5528 sellsj@concordnc.gov

Neighborhoods & Public Affairs

Topic Speaker
Connecting 101
Plugging into to City information
Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Project Manager
(704) 920-5210
franzese@concordnc.gov
City’s Recognized Neighborhood Program – Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods
A brief overview of the City’s Recognized Neighborhood Program including information on the benefits of the program and instructions on how your neighborhood can become an officially recognized neighborhood.
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
(704) 920.5298
jzarc@concordnc.gov
Protecting Neighborhood Livability
Maintaining safe and livable neighborhoods for all is a shared responsibility.  People are what make a neighborhood a living community rather than just a group of buildings. Whether you are a long time homeowner, a business owner, or renter we all have a part to play.  Be active, have fun and get involved in your community--but most of all Be a Good Neighbor.  A brief overview of how neighborhood organizations can establish a “Good Neighbor Program” to maintain neighborhood livability.
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
(704) 920.5298
jzarc@concordnc.gov
Neighborhood Beautification and Cleanup
Did you know that regular community cleanups are both a great way to provide a social environment for neighbors to get to know one another, but it also serves as a crime deterrent?  This presentation will provide an overview of the benefits of a neighborhood beautification / cleanup project and the steps involved to ensure that the program is a success. Also including ways that recognized neighborhoods can participate in the biannual Litter Sweep Program for a chance to win cash awards.
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
(704) 920.5298
jzarc@concordnc.gov
Creating and Maintaining Successful Neighborhood Groups
This presentation will cover the essential steps to take towards forming a viable neighborhood group. Learn from real examples of what works and what doesn't. The City recognizes that neighborhoods are the building block of our community and that strong neighborhoods play an integral part in the vitality of the City of Concord.
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
(704) 920.5298
jzarc@concordnc.gov
Neighborhood Matching Enhancement Grant: What types of projects are eligible for the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant?
Recognized neighborhood group may use matching grant funds as approved by City Council for enhancement projects that benefit the entire neighborhood. Examples include signage, lighting, landscaping or National Night Out events. This presentation will give a general overview of the City’s Neighborhood Matching Grant program including tips on ways to build partnerships with neighbors and local businesses.
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
(704) 920.5298
jzarc@concordnc.gov

 

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs & Project Manager
704-920-5210
 
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
704-920-5298
 
Physical Address
26 Union St., South
Concord, NC 28025
 
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 308
Concord, NC 28026-0308
 
Fax Number
(704) 920-6909
 
City Hall
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 


 

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