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GOVERNING Massachusetts: A Leadership Forum – 2012

Sep. 17, 2012 | Boston, MA

8:30 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:05 am - Welcome

9:20 am - Morning Keynote – A Conversation with Lieutenant Governor Murray

The Honorable Timothy P. Murray, Lieutenant Governor Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Interviewer: Jonathan Walters, Executive Editor, GOVERNING

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.

9:50 am - Innovation in Government

The Community Innovation Challenge is Massachusetts’ comprehensive effort to encourage innovation and cooperation among jurisdictions. Is innovative government an oxymoron? What role does citizen engagement play in helping government leaders at all levels discover new, more efficient ways of delivering services? 

Moderator: Jonathan Walters, Executive Editor, GOVERNING

Speakers:
Jay Gonzalez, Secretary of the Executive Office of  Administration and Finance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Tony Parham, Government Innovation Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

10:30 am - Break

10:45 am  Concurrent Sessions

High Performance Government – Governing for Results -  It’s about Performance
As the conversations continue around how to improve operations, the most obvious question is, “How do we know what improved is?” In some businesses, measuring performance is straightforward. Not so in government. Success of critical services such as health and human services or creating sustainable communities is nuanced and difficult to quantify. This session will examine the important issues of defining success and measuring performance in government.

Moderator: Jonathan Walters, Executive Editor, GOVERNING

Speakers:
Amy Baumer, Director, Office of Enterprise Development, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State of Michigan

Finance - Rethinking Government Finances: When All-Cuts Budgeting Doesn’t Get It Done
The pressures on budgets today call for a new approach to setting priorities and allocating limited resources. In the past several years, governments have cut entire programs and made straight percentage cuts across the entire organization in an attempt to balance the budget. Is there a better way? How can a government go about setting priorities? How can we rethink government finances to pay for the government we need? This session will explore options and tools that can be used now, and ideas for the systemic improvements that are needed for the future.

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

Speaker:
Meredith Weenick, Chief Financial Officer, City of Boston

Competitive CommunitiesStrategies to Keep Communities Competitive
From healthcare to broadband, affordable housing to renewable energy, Massachusetts’ communities are implementing programs to help them thrive in the 21st century. This roundtable discussion will cover the best ideas from Massachusetts and around the nation.
   
Moderator: Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING

Speakers:
Jessica Casey, Director of Policy Development & Implementation, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development
The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor, City of Sommerville, Massachusetts
The Honorable Alex B. Morse, Mayor, City of Holyoke, Massachusetts

11:30 am - Concurrent Sessions

High Performance Government
Partnerships: Fact, Fiction, Opportunity
Partnerships, whether between public only, public/private, or public/non-profit organizations, can provide ways to take advantage of the strengths of partnering organizations, reduce costs, and improve the quality of services to citizens. What are the opportunities with these partnerships, and what are the pitfalls to avoid? Join a panel of experts in an open conversation about how and when partnerships can be used in government.

Moderator: Jonathan Walters, Executive Editor, GOVERNING

Speakers:
Paul D. Epstein, Principal, Results That Matter Team, New York City
Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Chris Osgood, Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Joshua K. Robin, Director of Innovation, MBTA, Boston, Massachusetts

Finance-Innovation in Finance
New ways to fund government, including partnerships, gain share programs and other innovative ideas.

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

Speaker:
Greg A. Mennis, CFA, Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy, Executive Office for Finance and Administration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Competitive Communities –Economic Development and Massachusetts
A conversation about the drivers for Massachusetts’ economy, and ideas about creating jobs – and the workforce - for today and tomorrow.

Moderator: Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING

Speakers:
Gregory Bialecki, Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Richard K. Sullivan Jr.,
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

12:15 pm - Lunch

12:45 pm - 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?

1:30 pm - Break

1:45 pm - Concurrent Sessions

High Performance Government Regional Cooperation: Working Together in New Ways
Proponents of regionalism say that strengthening a region's governing bodies and political powers within a larger community would create efficiencies of scale to the region, develop a more rational allocation of the region's resources for benefit of the local populations, raise competitiveness levels among the regions and ultimately the whole country, and save taxpayers money. What are new ways of using the resources available and developing creative partnerships to better serve citizens?

Moderator: Jonathan Walters, Executive Editor, GOVERNING

Speakers:
Richard A. Davey, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Pam Kocher, Director of Local Policy, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Frank Pozniak, Executive Director, Massachusetts State 911 Department

FinancePensions and Benefits: Plans for the Future
In the past, generous pensions and other benefits were a major attractor for government employees. Now, the costs of these benefits are a threat to the fiscal stability of state and local governments. Most agree that something needs to be done, but agreeing on what exactly can and should be done is much more complex. What actions is Massachusetts taking to address this problem? What are ideas from other jurisdictions?

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

Speakers:
Teresa Ghilarducci, Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School for Social Research
Greg A. Mennis, CFA, Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy, Executive Office for Finance and Administration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2:45 pm - Adjourn


Speakers

  • 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

Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities are Available:

For more information, contact:
Erin Waters, Publisher
GOVERNING
E-mail: ewaters@governing.com

 

For conference registration and general assistance contact:

Ashley Whalen, Registration Coordinator
GOVERNING
Phone: 916-932-1448
E-mail: awhalen@governing.com

 

 


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