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



It’s Governing’s annual market briefing event.  Join us for the experts’ take on the economic outlook in 2014 and to find out what the biggest issues and business drivers will be for states and localities in the year ahead.

In two power-packed days, you’ll hear from more than 35 speakers on revenue forecasts, policy trends, emerging issues and new focus areas for the states and localities. This year’s speaker roster will include dozens of public-sector leaders, policy experts and our state and local trade association partners, plus Governing’s award-winning editorial and research teams.

You’ll find out:

  • Where are the opportunities?
  • What will the winning strategies look like?
  • What do the experts say?


  • 2014 Economic Forecast
  • The changing landscape of government as power shifts from the national to the state and local level
  • Where the money will be spent in the public-sector market

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions that take an in-depth look at:

  • The Muni-bonds Market and Trends in Municipal Finance
  • The Changing Role of Chief Financial Officers
  • Data, Information and Cyber Security
  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
  • Transportation Funding: A New Federal Relationship
  • Innovation and Success in Economic Development
  • The New Frontiers of Healthcare in 2014
  • Public-sector Workforce and Succession Planning
  • Pension Reform
  • Education and Common Core
  • Public Safety Strategies
  • Labor, Management and Public Finance

If you're in government affairs, selling to state and local governments, leading an association or non-profit, you won't want to miss the year's best state and local government market briefing event!

Join us to plan your 2014 state and local strategy, February 4-5, 2014 in Washington, D.C.


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Nada Bakos headshot

March 5, morning keynote

Nada Bakos

Former CIA Analyst and Current Inquisitor


Nada Bakos, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, was on the team charged with analyzing the relationship between Iraq, Al-Qaeda and 9/11. She later became a Targeting Officer in the Counterterrorism Center, in a similar role to the lead character in Zero Dark Thirty. Subsequently Nada was featured in the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden. As an analyst at the CIA, Nada wrote and contributed to key intelligence reports from the front lines in Iraq for the White House, Congressional leaders and the Department of Defense. After leaving the CIA, Nada worked with Starbucks in assessing risks in their global expansion strategies. She continued to consult with senior government officials, corporate executives and front-line technical teams in identifying risks and deploying new processes and technologies. Nada is currently focused on national security issues, illicit networks and regional stability around the world.

Aaron Cornfeld headshotMarch 6, afternoon keynote

Aaron Cornfeld



Aaron Cornfeld is the Group Vice President, Sales Engineering for North America Public Sector, Higher Education, and Healthcare. 

In this capacity, he oversees Oracle Sales Engineers for Oracle’s Applications, Technology, and Cloud products and is responsible for developing cross-domain solutions which maximize the value customers receive from Oracle products.  The product and industry experts on his staff help organizations exploit information by designing and building comprehensive information management solutions. Many of their innovations have become part of the Oracle product line and are used by Oracle's customers throughout the world.
Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Cornfeld spent 10 years with AT&T where he led teams operating Oracle Solutions in a hosted and cloud environment.  At AT&T, Mr. Cornfeld was in charge of hosted solutions for over 180 customers running the Oracle stack, including applications, middleware, database, virtualization and hardware.  Mr. Cornfeld has worked with many customers in the Oracle space, bringing a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in data center & cloud solutions, including hardware systems and networking (Sun, HP, EMC, Cisco) as well as enterprise architecture and software solutions (Internet portals and commerce systems, Identity Management, Service Oriented Architecture, Business Intelligence, E-Business, Middleware).


Jim Snack headshotMarch 5, afternoon keynote

Jim Snack




Jim Snack is a Certified Speaking Professional who specializes in employee motivation and engagement, presenting keynote speeches, half- and full-day seminars on change, teamwork, creativity and communication.  Jim’s programs combine lecture, interactive exercises, and memorable demonstrations that engage participants in active learning.
Jim has been featured as a “Consummate Speaker of the Year” by Sharing Ideas Magazine.  He was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the International Communication Association, and he received the McNally Award for outstanding teaching from the University at Albany Department of Communication.
Presenting over a hundred programs annually for businesses, associations, government agencies, schools, healthcare and human service organizations, Jim has worked with such organizations as General Electric, Disney, Lucent Technologies, General Motors, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
For 14 years Jim served as an adjunct faculty member at the OPM Eastern Management Development Center teaching collaborative leadership skills.  For nine years Jim taught creative problem solving and decision making for the General Services Administration PBS Academy.  For the past 16 years he has been a back-by-popular demand speaker at The HUMOR Project's International Conference on the Positive Power of Humor & Creativity.
Jim is a one less than 600 speakers worldwide who hold the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned award bestowed by the National Speakers Association.  He is Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Speakers Association and Past President of the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.

Michael Staver headshotMarch 6, morning keynote

Mike Staver



Michael Staver is the CEO of The Staver Group. Together with his colleagues of professional development consultants, he provides keynote presentations, consulting programs and workshops. He also conducts executive coaching sessions that inject courage and authenticity into leadership. The most courageous leaders look to Michael Staver for the inspiration and strategies they need to fight the battles they face. Michael Staver helps every member of your team achieve amazing results in leadership, sales, customer experience AND communication. With a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he understands the importance of results and can assist your organization in the successful pursuit of its objectives.
Michael’s commitment to his clients is evident in the content and delivery of his message. His message is centered on his fundamental belief that each person and every organization has the potential to achieve outstanding results. Michael has an uncanny ability to make the most complex ideas simple and memorable. His sense of humor, depth of knowledge, and caring attitude, will keep your attendees engaged from start to finish.
Michael’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, and Training & Development Magazine, to name a few. He has produced numerous books, CDs and other tools that help organizations thrive, including Motivational Leaders: Strategies and Wisdom from America’s Top Professional Motivators, Do You Know How to Shut Up? and his latest book Leadership Isn’t for Cowards

Registration Information

Registration fee per person: $995

Group discount: Register 4 or more from your company and receive a group discount! $695 per person. Contact Jen Caldwell for Group Discount registration assistance.

Registration by credit card only; no billing.

Contact Us

For registration and general assistance contact:

Jen Caldwell, Registration Coordinator
Phone: (916) 932-1345

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Erin Waters, Publisher
Phone: (202) 862-1453


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