May 1, 2013


Wednesday May 01

Time Session
8:30 - 9:00AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15AM


9:15 - 10:15AM

Keynote - Michigan: Moving Forward

10:15 - 11:15AM

Panel of Michigan Mayors

Cities generally predate states, and yet they are creatures of state government. Gov. Snyder says that Michigan is recovering strongly - and that Michigan's cities... more

11:15 - 11:30AM


11:30 - 12:30PM

Concurrent Sessions


Finance - Building the Future

Not for nothing do they call it "public works." Environmental stewardship, economic competitiveness and quality of life for the residents of our cities and towns... more

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Competitive Communities - Transparency and Citizen Engagement

In an increasingly crowded, complex and competitive world, people can choose where they will live. Cities that thrive will be those that recognize that members... more


High-Performance Government - Building "Better, Faster, Cheaper"

Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on cities. Nevertheless, some cities are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports... more

Moderated by:
12:30 - 1:15PM


1:15 - 2:00PM

Lunch Keynote - A Call to Public Service

2:00 - 2:15PM


2:15 - 3:15PM

Concurrent Sessions


Finance - Paying for the Government We Need

In the face of the federal government's ongoing partisan paralysis, states and localities have come to realize that they're increasingly on their own fiscally. Federal... more

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Competitive Communities - Building Strength through Strategic Planning

When you examine the stories of successful turnaround cities - from Santa Monica, Calif., to Chattanooga, Tenn., to St. Petersburg, Fla. - you... more


High-Performance Government - Balancing Innovation and Risk

Can governments learn? There is no learning without mistakes, and yet governments historically have an extremely low tolerance for mistakes. For that reason, the term... more

Moderated by:
3:15 - 4:15PM

Concurrent Sessions


Finance - Managing the Threats to Financial Sustainability

State and local governments are important to our quality of life but, in the aggregate, they are in pretty serious financial trouble. Public officials are... more

Moderated by:

Competitive Communities - Reinventing Economic Development

In a widely cited series of articles last December, the New York Times reported that state and local governments spend at least $80 billion a... more

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High-Performance Government - Staffing to Win in a Post-Recession World

Attracting, training and retaining highly skilled and highly motivated staff is critical to achieving high-performance government. And it probably has never been more difficult. Years... more

  • Bill Leighty - Senior Fellow, GOVERNING Institute, Partner, DecideSmart LLC, former Chief of Staff to Governors Kaine and Warner, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Hon. Karen Majewski - Mayor, City of Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Janet A. McClelland - Acting State Personnel Director, State of Michigan
  • Erin Waters - Publisher, GOVERNING
4:15 PM


Join the GOVERNING staff, our sponsors, our speakers and your colleagues as we rehash the highlights of the day over drinks and appetizers.... more