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GOVERNING Summit on the Cost of Government - 2012

Sep. 18, 2012 | and September 19, 2012 | Newseum | Washington, D.C.


GOVERNING’s 2012 Summit on the Cost of Government will continue the critical conversation begun in 2010 — exploring the complex dynamics behind a simple question:  How can we afford the government we need?

In September, GOVERNING will host this Leadership Summit in the nation’s capital, bringing together senior policy leaders, influential thinkers and practitioners to share insights and formulate strategies about how to successfully meet the challenges facing state and local governments today.

  • Is this a post-recession recovery, or something deeper and more fundamental — a reset?
  • What services have survived? What haven’t? What needs to be adjusted?
  • What is the role of government in a time when  government organizations are being forced to shrink while the challenges grow and become more complex?
  • What are its core competencies? How do they fit with those of the private and not-for-profit sectors during and after the reset?

Leaders can't tackle the challenges they face without a plan. The speakers and sponsors of the Summit on the Cost of Government contributed advice and strategies to address the problems government faces.

GOVERNING Playbook captures highlights and conversations among leading public officials from the Summit on how to cope with the cost of government in challenging times via a set of plays.

Click Here to view the Cost of Government Playbook





  • John Buntin, Staff Writer, GOVERNING

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

  • Zach Patton, Senior Editor, GOVERNING

  • Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING

  • Jonathan Walters, Executive Editor, GOVERNING

  • Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING


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Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, contact:
Erin Waters, Publisher


For information on attending and general assistance contact:

Liz Wallendorf, National Program Director
Phone: 520-869-1276

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