Apr 17, 2014

Governing Leadership Forum: Maryland 2014


The Governing Maryland Leadership Forum brings thought leaders from Governing's award-winning editorial team, Maryland state and local government, and around the nation to you.

Governing's Maryland Leadership Forum will feature interactive discussions on the topics most important to Maryland. Interact with your peers and hear from experts on best practices and innovative solutions on the issues that matter to you.

The day will focus on the important topics such as:

  • Economic Development and Job Creation
  • Energy (state energy portfolios, renewable energy, sustainability, smart grid systems)
  • Finance / Pensions / Budget
  • Government Operations
  • Health and Human Services
  • Infrastructure (water, transportation, buildings, etc.)
  • People / Human Capital / Workforce Strategy
  • Technology


Keynote Speakers:


Opening Keynote

Maryland – A Vision for the Next Decade

Anthony Brown headshotThe Honorable Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor, State of Maryland

In 2007, even before the recession hit, Maryland had a structural deficit of $1.7 billion.  Today it is on track to eliminate that deficit, has $800 million in its Rainy Day Fund, and was one of the few states to retain a triple A bond rating while weathering the financial crisis. In his opening remarks, Maryland Lieutenant Govenor Anthony G. Brown will help us set the stage for today's conversations, discussing the state's recent accomplishments, its strengths as well as the main challenges, and outlining a high-level vision for the next decade.


Lunch Keynote

"American Nations" - The Power of Regionalism over State and Local Politics

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Colin Woodard, Author and Journalist, State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram

Award-winning journalist and author of "American Nations," Colin Woodard will discuss the true fault lines along which our country's distinct identitites, ideological divisions and cultural characteristics have developed and how they continue to shape regional and local politics today. Understanding what lies behind the polarization of American politics and honoring the idiosyncrasies in culture and history may help reconcile regional tensions and advance the collaboration needed to resolve the challenges at hand.


Closing Keynote

Human Capital and the Economic Future of Maryland

Don Kettl HeadshotDonald F. Kettl, Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland



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The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor, City of Baltimore





The economic future of Maryland depends on utilizing the full talents of all its citizens, including those of its largest city, Baltimore.  In this session, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and University of Maryland President, Freeman Hrabowski III, co-author of Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males and Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women, will talk about how they think public officials can work together to provide a basis for all Marylanders to achieve their highest.


Registration Information

Please note: online registration for this event is now closed. Please register on-site. Thank you.


Contact Us

For registration and general assistance contact:

Katie Howard, Registration Coordinator
Phone:  (916) 932-1421

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Phone:  (916) 932-1435