Governing Leadership Forum: Texas 2016

May 19, 2016
Austin, TX


Governing returns to Austin for the sixth annual Texas Governing Leadership Forum set for May 19, 2016. The Lone Star State is a national leader in job growth and economic diversification, yet faces challenges that come with prosperity and uncertainty. Nearly 600 new residents call Texas home each day, testing state and local leaders to find solutions to infrastructure financing, labor supply, and educational disparities. Public sector retirements, technology investments, and citizen engagement bring new opportunities for government transformation. Texans are resilient and their citizens are ready for a future of lively debate followed by innovative solutions.

Governing will invite leaders from state and local government to share their successes and inspire action by every attendee. Plenary sessions will include inspirational speakers with an eye on the future. Concurrent sessions will explore today’s current public policy issues and make recommendations to secure a dynamic future in Texas.

This year’s topics include:

  • The Texas Economy: Prosperity, Diversity and Uncertainty
  • Financing Critical Infrastructure: Long-term Solutions to Serve a Fast-Growing Population
  • Hiring and Retaining Great Employees in the Public Sector
  • Data: An Essential Tool for Problem-Solving
  • Innovation in Government: Executing Great Ideas
  • Healthy Populations: Serving the Citizens of the Lone Star State
  • Government Disrupted: A Digital Public Demands Digital Public Services

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Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Emily Amps
Chief of Staff
Office of State Representative Chris Turner
State of Texas

The Honorable Jesse Ancira, Jr.
City of Taylor

Rey Arellano
Assistant City Manager
City of Austin

The Honorable Garnet Coleman
House Of Representatives
State of Texas

Chris Connealy
State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal's Office
State of Texas

John-Michael Cortez
Chief of Staff
Office of the Mayor
City of Austin

RJ DeSilva
Communications Officer
Legislative Budget Board
State of Texas

The Honorable Charles Ellison
County Judge
Office of the County Judge
Robertson County

Ginger Gossman, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Innovation and Policy
Academic Planning and Policy
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Jennifer Jones
Deputy Director
Sunset Advisory Commission
State of Texas

Kent S. Marquardt, PMP
Director, Office of Strategic Planning
Department Of Transportation
State of Texas

Timothy Merriweather
Texas Infrastructure Council

Marc Ott
City Manager
City of Austin

Brian Ragland
Chief Financial Officer
Department Of Transportation
State of Texas

Anh Selissen
Application Services
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Corrie Stokes
City Auditor
Office of the Auditor
City of Austin

The Honorable Ivy R. Taylor
City of San Antonio

The HonorableChris Turner
House Of Representatives
State of Texas

Patricia Vojack
Deputy Executive Director
Health Policy & Clinical Services
State of Texas

The Honorable Kirk Watson
The Senate of Texas
State of Texas

Industry Representatives

Jim Driesse
Vice President Client Leader
State of Texas

Todd Hoffman

Erin Hutchins
General Manager
Texas NIC

Kiran Lachumanna
Vice President
Sales - West

Tom Pettit
Senior Managing Director

Chris Rodriguez
Digital Government Strategist

Summit Exhibitors Made Possible by Our Wonderful Sponsors

Registration Information / Contact Us


Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in attending the Event, please contact Heather Earney, (916) 932-1435.


Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:

Shayna Mayen
Phone:  (916) 932-1314 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Phone:  (916) 932-1435


Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

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Host Hotel:

Rate: $249
Cut-off: April 18, 2016

Governing has secured a small block of rooms at the Hilton Austin. Please reference the group name, Governing: Texas Leadership Forum or the group code, GOV517, in order to receive the group rate over the contracted dates.

Guests are able to book guestrooms until April 18 or until the room block has been filled (whichever comes first). The rate is subject to space and rate availability and may sell out before the cut-off date. Once the room block has sold out, the rate will be based on availability.
You may book online via:


The hotel does not have an airport shuttle service.



Hotel parking garage is located on Red River between 5th and 4th street.

Hotel parking is based upon availability on a first come first serve basis. Current event rates are: six hours or less self-parking $10.00 per vehicle; more than six hours self-parking is $20.00 per vehicle. Event valet parking is $20.00 per vehicle.

Kiosks for payment located in the PARKING GARAGE accept credit cards only. Cash and credit card are accepted at both kiosks located in the lobby on level two.


Alternate Hotels

Governing does not have a room block established at the following hotel. However, they are located near the host hotel and are offered as suggestions for event accommodations. Please contact the hotel directly or via the website to make a reservation.


Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 477-1234

Embassy Suites Austin-Downtown/Town Lake
300 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 469-9000

Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown
111 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 478-9611

Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Downtown/Convention Center
200 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 472-1500