July 9

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Checks are expensive and time-consuming for your office to manage, and according to new research, most citizens don’t want to pay with checks anyway.   Why not offer the convenient, secure and flexible digital payment options that citizens prefer?  More than 90 percent of citizens responding to a recent survey said governments should offer digital and online payment options – and 88 percent said they’d use digital payment options if they were available. Join us for a free webcast that’ll show you how to use digital wallets and other digital payment options that give your constituents the ability to pay however and whenever they want.

Experts from the Governing Institute and PayPal will explain the latest trends in retail and government payments, present survey results on citizen payment preferences and show how public agencies are implementing citizen-friendly digital payment options. You’ll learn digital payments can:

  • Help governments engage with a generation of younger citizens
  • Improve citizen confidence and satisfaction with public agencies
  • Offer flexible new options for cash-preferred and underbanked constituents


Scott Slusser

Scott Slusser

General Manager, Value Payment Systems

As a co-founder of Value Payment Systems (VPS), Scott’s career spans more than 30 years in the payments and public sectors combined. Prior to VPS, Scott was the Executive Vice President leading business development for Link2Gov Corporation, a Nashville, TN company that provides electronic payment solutions for federal, state and local government agencies. In his current role, Scott is responsible for spearheading and executing long-term growth strategies, product innovation, and resources development to build existing organizational strengths and new opportunities for current and future competitive advantages. Overseeing day-to-day operations, Scott has also been instrumental in leading VPS with “first-to-market” initiatives with global Card Brands such as PayPal®, American Express® and MasterCard® to improve and develop greater utilization of frictionless solutions such as digital wallet and mobile payment technology for local and state governments.

Clam Lorenz

Clam Lorenz

Head, PayPal Government Solutions

Clam Lorenz leads PayPal’s efforts in the Government Sector for North America:
• Providing payment services for federal, state and local government agencies.
• Making it easier for citizens to make essential payments faster and more securely.
• Partnering with the public sector to deliver economic opportunity and access to financial services to consumers and small businesses.

Harry Black

Harry Black — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Governing Institute

Harry Black is a recognized champion of change and innovation who focuses on transforming organizations by applying best practices and outcome-based strategies. Black’s extensive career includes leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He is a seasoned executive having served as city manager, deputy chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, program manager and chief procurement officer. Black is a former small business owner, building a D.C. based government services company providing staff augmentation support services to various Federal government departments.
Black has served as a leader in the area of capital program development and execution having served as Program Manager of a $500 million, five-year Federal design and construction program, building academic, food service, dormitory, medical, athletic/recreational, and vocational training facilities, supporting 20 million gross square feet of facilities across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Black received his BS in Public Administration from Virginia State University, and later served as an eight-year member of its Board of Visitors, five as Rector. While serving as the University’s Rector in 2018, it was voted the best HBCU board of trustees and the best HBCU in the country. Black also received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Virginia.