PAST EVENT

Feb 24 - 25, 2014

"As IT leaders in the public sector, we must stay abreast of the latest innovations and technologies to support our customers, the citizens of Colorado. The 14th annual Colorado Digital Government Summit provides us with a forum to share, collaborate and create momentum for exploring innovative, shared solutions that will take our great state forward. I look forward to seeing you there!"

- Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology & State Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado

Agenda

FEBRUARY 4, 2014

 

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Ballroom Foyer

9:00 am

Welcome

Ballroom

Erin Waters, Publisher, Governing

9:15 am

The Spirit of Public Service

Ballroom

Nobody goes to work for the government to get rich.  Whether you work in a 911 call center, on a public works crew or in the executive suite, the work can be tough and the hours long and it often feels like you’re under the watchful eye of a public and a press just waiting for you to make a mistake.  In this session, a distinguished panel of Governing’s Public Officials of the Year will reflect on what motivated them to join the public service and what their experience has taught them.

Moderator:
Erin Waters, Publisher, Governing
Panelists:
José Cisneros, Treasurer, City & County of San Francisco, California
Kathy Nesbitt, Executive Director, Department of Personnel, State of Colorado
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, Michigan
Emily Rahimi, Digital and Social Media Manager, New York City Fire Department

10:15 am

Break

Ballroom Foyer

10:30 am

Reinventing Government: What Worked and What’s Next?

Ballroom

Twenty-two years ago Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector by David Osborne and Ted Gaebler launched what was then dubbed the “rego movement.”  In state and local governments across the country public officials started calling the people they served “customers” and talking about how their governments could do more “steering,” less “rowing,” and use data on outcomes to improve performance. This session will feature Ted Gaebler’s reflections on what he hoped to accomplish in coauthoring the book and what the real impacts have been. Joining Ted Gaebler, a group of government performance and innovation leaders will share their insights on how the public sector has been transforming and how to reimagine a government fit for the 21st century.

Moderator:
Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Director, Governing Institute
Panelists:
The Honorable Stacey Y. Abrams, Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives
The Honorable Richard J. Berry, Mayor, City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City of Los Angeles
Ted Gaebler, former City Manager, Rancho Cordova, California; Co-author, Reinventing Government
Elaine C. Kamarck, Ph.D., Founding Director, Center for Effective Public Management, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings

11:45 am

State and Local Governments: What Will Be No-Frills News in 2014?

Ballroom

Television is still hugely influential in shaping public opinion but we are a long ways from the days of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.  Now the “news” is often celebrity trials, “info-tainment,” and talking heads arguing loudly about spin.  Into this area comes an unlikely player planning to give us “old school” news and staffed with veteran reporters.  How are they planning to cover state and local government?

Keynote:  Joie Chen, Host of “America Tonight”, Al-Jazeera America

12:15 pm

Break

Ballroom Foyer

12:30 pm

Lunch

Ballroom

1:15 pm

The Hovey Harkness Award in Public Service Journalism

Ballroom

Presented by Governing in recognition of excellence in political investigative journalism.

1:45 pm

StateStat and CitiStat and Citizen-Focused Government

Ballroom

A little over 20 years ago two important new ways of looking at government began to transform the way we think about governments and their relationship to the citizens they serve.  “Reinventing Government” told us to forge a new relationship to citizens and focus on outcomes and “Compstat” showed us dynamic new ways to use data to shape first public safety and then a broad range of other services to positively impact community conditions.  In this session three of Governing’s newest Public Officials of the Year will discuss how they’re building on these ideas to deliver state of the art services to their constituents.

Moderator:
Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President, e.Republic
Panelists:
The Honorable Anthony G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor, State of Maryland
The Honorable Gregory E. Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, Michigan

2:15 pm

Break

Ballroom Foyer

2:30 pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS


Beyond the Spreadsheet: Leadership and the CFO

Murrow Room

Government finance executives in state and local governments are finding themselves facing new challenges as their roles grow and evolve.  They find themselves moving from being obscure spreadsheet jockeys to full participants in their jurisdiction’s strategic decision making.  Technical competence is important but more and more frequently it is not enough.  In this session we will explore the emerging leadership role of the chief financial officer.

Moderator:
Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Director, Governing Institute
Panelists:
Jeff DeWitt, Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia
Lois Scott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Chicago, Illinois
Chelsa Wagner, County Controller, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Cyber Security: One of the Nation’s Most Serious Challenges

First Amendment Room

As the National Conference of State Legislatures and a number of other city, county and state organizations wrote to the United States Congress, “The security of the nation’s information infrastructure is quickly becoming one of the most serious threats the country faces.” A severe IT breakdown could endanger services like electricity, water supplies, emergency responders, financial services, public safety, and corrections, health care and so on. Most experts agree that it's only a matter of time before a truly devastating attack on a piece of critical infrastructure occurs, but there have already been numerous breaches of government databases  which have exposed secure personal information to the vagaries of miscreants.

This session will explore various efforts to shore up state and local anti-cyber-attack walls, examine the degree to which this threat can be minimized, and point to the on-line areas that are in greatest jeopardy.

Moderator:
Todd Sander, Executive Director, Center for Digital Government, e.Republic
Panelists:
Andre’ Allen, CISSP-ISSMP, CISM, CEA, Chief Information Security Officer, City of Houston, Texas
Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
Joyce Starosciak, IT Manager, Sacramento Regional Fire EMS Communications Center, Sacramento, California
Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer, Governor’s Office of Information Technology, State of Colorado

FutureStructure: Infrastructure for the 21st Century Communities

Zenger Room

America's 21st century infrastructure renewal will cost billions of dollars, involve government leaders at all jurisdictional levels and engage the best minds of our planning, design, construction and finance professionals to make our infrastructure smarter, less energy intensive and expensive to operate as well as more adaptive to our needs. New technology provides tools to transform how we plan, design and build systems that are regionally based, more sustainable and better integrated. Traditional municipal bonds still have an important role to play, along with new financing models that are evolving to leverage private sector capital and monies in ways that, if done right, can enable operational efficiencies. Well designed and operated buildings and systems make more efficient use of resources and improve the quality of life for people who depend on them.

Moderator:
Bob Graves, Associate Director, Governing Institute
Speakers:
Yvonne Castillo, Director, State & Local Relations, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
George Hawkins, Esq., General Manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
Michael Mucha, Chief Engineer & Director, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Madison, Wisconsin

Workforce and Succession Planning

Holeman Room

According to the State Government Workforce Project, the long-awaited outflow of droves of retirees, coupled with the potential of an improving economy could easily conspire to increase turnover rates in the public sector. This makes it more critical than ever to prepare for the next generation of upper-tier government employees. How are states and cities going about this critical effort?

Moderator:
Katherine Barrett, Columnist, Governing
Panelists:
Rebecca Hunter, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources, State of Tennessee
Kathy Nesbitt, Executive Director, Department of Personnel, State of Colorado
Neil Reichenberg, Executive Director, Membership, International Public Management Association for Human Resources

3:20 pm 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Trends in City and County Finance

Murrow Room

Overall, property taxes and intergovernmental revenue are the largest sources of revenue for cities and counties and both remain under pressure as they slowly recover from the Great Recession.  While bright spots are clearly visible, even the most upbeat analysis of the fiscal conditions of local governments closes with some version of “but serious challenges remain.”  Bills coming due, such as pensions, post-retirement health care and long-term debt bedevil many. In this session city and county financial executives will discuss those challenges and the innovative strategies they’re using to meet them.

Moderator:
Liz Farmer, Staff Writer, Governing
Panelists:
Harry Black, Director of Finance, City of Baltimore, Maryland
José Cisneros, Treasurer, City & County of San Francisco, California
Ivan Samstein, Chief Financial Officer, Cook County, Illinois

Innovation and Success in Economic Development

Holeman Room

They’ve always said the three most important elements of real estate are location, location and location. In politics these days, the three big words are jobs, jobs, jobs. Efforts to cut unemployment and provide higher-paying jobs in cities and states are at the top of most elected officials lists. Here, some insights into how entities can successfully play this game.

Moderator:
Elizabeth Daigneau, Managing Editor, Governing
Panelists:
The Honorable Gregory E. Fischer, Mayor, City of Louisville, Kentucky
Jennifer Hunt, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor
Deirdre Myers, Deputy Director; Office of Economic & Workforce Policy at Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Ken Poole, Ph.D., CEO/President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

FutureStructure: Transportation Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Zenger Room

Record ridership for Amtrak, unprecedented year-over-year declines in vehicle miles driven, new “intelligent infrastructure” designs and a proliferation of innovative revenue and capital financing schemes in state and local governments – and all the while the feds are stuck in neutral.  Governors, mayors and county executives are taking the lead in transportation as never before.  This session will explore the cutting edge work being done in the states and localities to meet today’s transportation challenges.

Moderator:
Bob Graves, Executive Director, Governing Institute
Panelists:
Allen Biehler, Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, and Executive Director, University Transportation Center
Carnegie Mellon University
Karmen Fore, Transportation Policy Advisor for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Gabe Klein, former Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation

New Frontiers: Healthcare in 2014

First Amendment Room

President Truman and then President Clinton tried to pass some sort of national healthcare plan but neither succeeded.  President Obama got it done but now the challenge of implementing the Affordable Care Act is one of the most massive organizational and service delivery challenges the country has ever seen – and the bulk of the effort is being done, albeit in vastly differing ways, in different parts of the country, by state and local governments. The coming year will be like none the players in this arena have ever seen.  This session will explore the results thus far and the outlook for the year ahead.

Moderator:
Zach Patton, Executive Editor, Governing
Panelists:
Larry Goolsby, Director of Strategic Initiatives, American Public Human Services Association
Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors
Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Secretary, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland

4:10 pm

“American Nations” - The Power of Regionalism over Federal and Local Politics

Ballroom

Award-winning journalist and author of “American Nations,” Colin Woodard will discuss the true fault lines along which our country’s distinct identities, ideological divisions and cultural characteristics have developed and how those cracks in the groundwork continue to play into the push and pull of regional and local politics today. Mr. Woodard will share his insights on what is behind the regional polarization of American politics, and how the current deadlock at the federal level is likely to be resolved.

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

5:00 pm

Reception

First Amendment Room

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

 

7:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Ballroom Foyer

8:00 am  

EARLY BIRD CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Procurement: Road Block or Building Block?  

Holeman Room

Many of those in private industry who are trying to do business with state and local governments and lots of public officials as well complain about the often antiquated and cumbersome methods some governments use to obtain the goods and services they need.  How can the procurement process be a means of promoting efficient and effective government instead of a barrier to getting things done well?  In this session innovations in procurement practice designed to make the partnership between government and industry more beneficial by maximizing the strengths that each brings to the table.

Moderator:
Dugan Petty, Senior Fellow, Governing Institute
Panelists:
Story Bellows, Co-Director, Mayor's Office of Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia
David P. Gragan, Senior Procurement Officer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Dianne Lancaster, Chief Procurement Officer, State of Oregon
Richard Pennington, former Purchasing Director, State of Colorado, Counsel for the WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Purchasing Organization

Pensions: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?

Murrow Room

Nearly every state and many city and county governments have enacted pension reforms over the last few years and yet analysts still regard pension and retiree healthcare liabilities as major threats to the fiscal sustainability of state and local governments. This session will explore what has been done so far and will offer ideas for what more needs to be done.

Moderator:
Justin Marlowe, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Governing Institute and Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Speakers:
Keith Brainard, Director of Research, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
John Sugden, Senior Director, U.S. Public Finance Department, Standard & Poor’s
Chris Tobe, CFA, CAIA, former Trustee of the Kentucky Retirement Systems

Public Safety: Strategies for Staying Safe While Cutting Costs

First Amendment Room

As states and cities have been forced to cut budgets over the last years, one of the most sacrosanct fields has been public safety. But costs have had to be cut there, too. The key? Saving money without allowing crime rates to rise as a result. This panel will discuss ways that have worked to accomplish that goal.

Moderator:
Todd Sander, Executive Director, Center for Digital Government, e.Republic
Panelists:
Adam Gelb, Director of the Public Safety Performance Project, Pew Charitable Trusts
Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia
Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
Emily Rahimi, Digital and Social Media Manager, New York City Fire Department

Labor, Management and Good Governance

Zenger Room

Of all the relationships formed by cities, counties and states, one of the least understood is that with unions. The typical assumption is that this is necessarily an acrimonious marriage-of-necessity. That’s not always the case. How can labor and management create an environment in which both workers and governments thrive?

Moderator:
Richard Greene, Columnist, Governing
Speakers:
Barry Bluestone, Dean, School of Social Science, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy, Northeastern University
Meredith Weenick, Chief Financial Officer, City of Boston

8:55 am

Welcome

Ballroom

Erin Waters, Publisher, Governing

9:00 am

Politics and Policy: Setting the Stage for 2014

Ballroom

Huge changes in the healthcare arena, recovering revenues for state governments but a cloudier picture for local governments, demographic shifts, and ever-louder disagreement over education policy.  The challenges for state and local leaders loom large.  What are the big policy and program decisions facing the states and localities in 2014?

Moderator:
Peter Harkness, Publisher Emeritus, Governing
Panelists:
The Honorable David Adkins, Executive Director and CEO, Council of State Governments
Matthew D. Chase, Executive Director, National Association of Counties
Dan Crippen, Executive Director, National Governors’ Association
Marcia A. Howard, Executive Director, Federal Funds Information for States
Elizabeth K. Kellar, Deputy Executive Director, ICMA, and President/CEO, Center for State and Local Government

10:00 am

All the Excitement We Can Stand: The Muni Market in 2014

Ballroom

The SEC proposed legislation giving it authority to regulate municipal debt issuance, the feds talked about taking away the tax exemption for municipal bonds and the Detroit bankruptcy threatened to reduce general obligation bonds to “unsecured debt.”  Yes, 2013 was exciting.  Now what?

Moderator:
Justin Marlowe, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Governing Institute and Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Panelists:
John S. Craft, Director of Business Development, TMC Bonds
Ritta McLaughlin, Chief Education Officer, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB)
Ivan Samstein, Chief Financial Officer, Cook County, Illinois  

10:45 am

Break

Ballroom Foyer

11:00 am

Education: The Core Arguments About Common Core

Ballroom

Is the Common Core a state-driven plan for improving the academic performance of American students and strengthening our global economic competitiveness or a federally driven plan that will destroy local control of education while enriching big corporations providing education testing, technology and curriculum materials?

Moderator:
Alan Cox, Senior Vice President, Center for Digital Education, e.Republic
Panelists:
The Honorable Roy Romer, Chairman, Strong American Schools, former Governor of Colorado and former Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers    
Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader Bolder Approach to Education, Economic Policy Institute

12:00 pm

Wrap Up

Ballroom

Erin Waters, Publisher, Governing


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