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GOVERNING Massachusetts: A Leadership Forum – 2012

Sep. 17, 2012 | Boston, MA


The GOVERNING Massachusetts Leadership Forum brings thought leaders from GOVERNING's award-winning editorial team, Massachusetts and around the nation to you.

The day is designed to be interactive, and will include sessions on some of the most important challenges facing Massachusetts.

The forum will feature a highly interactive format and an agenda created in partnership with the Advisory Board. Learn from your peers in different agencies and jurisdictions, hear from thought leaders and industry experts chosen for their knowledge of the challenges of your region.

The day will focus on the issues important to Governing in Massachusetts. Join us for in-depth discussions on:

  • Government finance 
  • High performance government
  • Competitive communities

Morning Keynote

Leading in Government: A Conversation with Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray

What does it mean to be leading in government today? What are the opportunities that Massachusetts can seize in these times of transition and change? Lieutenant Governor Murray offers his thoughts on  the road forward.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray was reelected in 2010 to a second term as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Working closely with Governor Deval Patrick, Tim works tirelessly to promote the entire Commonwealth, create jobs, improve public education, and making state government more responsive to every citizen.

As Lieutenant Governor, Tim works with Governor Patrick to push for progress on the important issues facing our Commonwealth. Tim leads the administration's initiatives to expand and improve commuter rail and freight service; to transform housing programs to achieve the Commonwealth's goal of ending homelessness; and to enhance services for veterans. He also works closely on policies addressing municipalities, military installations, substance abuse prevention and sexual and domestic violence prevention as well as improving the state's maritime ports and infrastructure as chair of the Seaport Advisory Council, and leading a STEM education initiative as chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Advisory Council.

In total Tim chairs twelve councils overseeing various public programs and investments.

Lunch Keynote

Alan Ehrenhalt, Author, The Great Inversion

Alan Ehrenhalt believes that American cities are undergoing fundamental shifts, with the wealthy moving to the city center, and immigrants and poor settling on the periphery. Our cities are becoming more like European cities and like those that have existed in the western world for most of the last millennium. What does this mean for creating strong communities today? How does this shift impact community planning, economic development, transit plans, and other important aspects of building sustainable cities?






  • Gregory Bialeck
  • Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Hon. Joseph A. Curtatone
  • Mayor, City of Sommerville, Massachusetts

  • Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D.
  • Director, The Governing Institute, former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Hon. Alex B. Morse
  • Mayor, City of Holyoke, Massachusetts

  • Jonathan Walters
  • Executive Editor, GOVERNING

  • Erin Waters
  • Publisher, GOVERNING





Sponsorship Opportunities are Available:

For more information, contact:
Erin Waters, Publisher


For conference registration and general assistance contact:

Ashley Whalen, Registration Coordinator
Phone: 916-932-1448



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