Feb 4 - 5, 2014

Outlook in the States & Localities 2014 Overview

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.

Featured Speakers include:

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

Jose Cisneros, Treasurer, City & County of San Francisco, California

The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor, City of  Louisville, Kentucky

Kathy Nesbitt, Executive Director, Department of Personnel and Administration, State of Colorado

L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, Michigan

Emily Rahimi, Digital and Social Media Manager, New York City Fire Department

Keynote Speakers

Colin Woodard is an award-winning author and journalist. He is currently State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, where he received a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He also writes for Washington Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Chronicle of Higher Education and reviews books for the Washington Post. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe.

He is the author of the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking Press, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine; Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans; and The Republic of Pirates: Being
The True And Surprising Story Of The Caribbean Pirates And The Man Who Brought Them Down, on which the forthcoming NBC series "Crossbones" is based.

His fourth book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Viking, 2011) was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by the editors of The New Republic and The Globalist and won the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

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The registration fee is $995 per person.

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.

For registration and general assistance contact:

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

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Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Erin Waters, Publisher
Phone: 202-862-1453