Jan 29 - 30, 2013


Tuesday Jan 29

Time Session
8:00 - 9:00AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15AM


9:15 - 10:00AM

One Governor's Perspective - A View from the Frontline

The Honorable Rick Snyder, Governor, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will provide a perspective from one of the nation's most challenged states, and talk about the progress... more

10:00 - 11:00AM

Elections, Politics and Policy - Setting the Stage for 2013

Moderator: Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING The 2012 elections are over and Washington is settling in. For state leaders, the work never ended.... more

11:00 - 11:15AM


11:15 - 12:00PM

Infrastructure: Opportunity Forecasts, Big Themes, Creative Funding Models

Moderator: Marina Leight, Associate Publisher, GOVERNING Addressing the nation's infrastructure challenges - water, energy, transportation, waste and buildings may be the biggest issue of our... more

12:00 - 12:45PM


12:45 - 1:10PM

The Hovey Harkness Award in Public Service Journalism

Recognizing excellence in political investigative journalism, presented by GOVERNING... more

1:10 - 1:45PM

Where are We Now - Recovery, Revenues, New Realities and the Innovation Economy

A look at economic realities and what it means for government.... more

  • W. Michael Cox, Ph.D. - Director, Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University; Senior Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
1:45 - 2:00PM


2:00 - 3:00PM

Concurrent Sessions


Protecting the Information Infrastructure The Renewed Focus

Moderator: Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President, e.Republic The threats to information and the information infrastructure are becoming increasingly more common and sophisticated. Will this translate into... more

  • David Behen - Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan
  • Laura Iwan, CISM, CISSP - Senior Director of Cyber Security Operations, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Center for Internet Security
  • Aaron M. Mathes - Deputy Secretary of Technology, Office of the Governor Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Cathilea Robinett - Executive Vice President,e.Republic

The Government Workforce

Moderator: Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING The demographic changes, the changing demands of the public, decreased government revenues and the subsequent layoffs and hiring freezes that... more


Government Finance Trends - Municipal Bankruptcy, Financial Restructuring and What 2013 May Hold

What are the trends in financial restructuring? Are jurisdictions making serious structural changes to address systemic revenue shortfalls? If so, what do these look like?... more


Innovative Energy Financing Models that Unlock Economic Development Strategies for Cities

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) leverages the security of municipal conduit financing to unlock billions of dollars of private capital that have been missing from... more

  • Jeremy Kalin - Senior Fellow, GOVERNING Institute, President/CEO, Eutectics Consulting, LLC, and former Minnesota State Representative
3:00 - 4:00PM

Concurrent Sessions


Infrastructure and Transportation - New Funding and Partnership Models

This session will take a close look at new project funding strategies. We'll a examine transportation funding and projects in a new way, through the... more


The Changing Role of Technology

Moderator: Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President, e.Republic A panel of state CIOs will review the changing role of technology in government, and what this is likely... more


Health and Human Services

Moderator: Jonathan Walters, Senior Editor, GOVERNING Even as unemployment begins to abate, the strain on government health and human services programs continues. Innovative ideas and solutions,... more

4:00 - 4:15PM


4:15 - 5:00PM

The Power of the States and Localities

Moderator: Zach Patton, Senior Editor, GOVERNING A plenary panel will share a variety of perspectives about the shifting of power to state and local government. The... more

5:00 PM


Wednesday Jan 30

Time Session
7:30 - 8:00AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00AM

Early Bird Concurrent Sessions


Procurement and What's Happening in 2013

Moderator: Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., Editor at Large, GOVERNING Procurement is one of the most cumbersome, complex, and difficult to reform, processes in government. The procurement... more


Energy and Environment Outlook: Insight from the States' Strategic Plans

Moderator: Bob Graves, Senior Fellow, GOVERNING Institute This session will provide highlights and insights from a yearlong research project analyzing the states' strategic energy plans. You'll... more

  • Chuck Clinton - Senior Advisor and Lead Regional Coordinator, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
  • Bob Graves - Associate Director, Governing Institute
  • Dylan Scott - Staff Writer, GOVERNING

Pension Pile On: 2013

Moderator: Erica Pyatt., Associate Publisher, Finance, GOVERNING As the retirement wave continues to build, so does the pension debate. Governments are struggling with questions such as... more

  • Keith Brainard - Director of Research, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
  • Erica Pyatt - Associate Publisher, Finance, GOVERNING, Finance, GOVERNING
  • John Sugden - Senior Director, U.S. Public Finance for Standard & Poor's Rating Services
  • Meredith Williams - Executive Director, National Council on Teacher Retirement
9:00 - 9:15AM


9:15 - 10:15AM

Strong Communities The Intersection of Health, Education and Infrastructure

Interviewer: Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown believes, Strong communities are built, not born. He has dedicated his life to public service.... more

10:15 - 10:30AM


10:15 - 11:00AM

GOVERNINGs Generations: Is Your Company Ready for the BIG Demographic Impacts on State and Local Government?

Moderator: Zach Patton, Executive Editor, GOVERNING America is getting older. Fast. Baby boomers ... are rapidly hitting retirement age. [F]or the next two decades, Americans will... more

11:00 - 12:00PM

How to Build "The Good Life"

"Men come together in cities in order to live: they remain together in order to live the good life." - Aristotle A conversation with local government... more

12:00 PM

Wrap Up