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GOVERNING Texas: A Leadership Forum
CPG in partnership with GOVERNING Magazine will host a one day conference focused on new ways of thinking against a backdrop of an economy in transition.

Wed September 7, 2011 at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Austin, TX


8:00 am - 8:50 am     Registration and Breakfast

8:50am - 9:00 am      Welcome

9:00 am – 9:20 am
    After the Session: The Texas State Budget

The Texas 82nd legislative session faced many difficult issues, including a large state budget shortfall and the overhaul of more than two dozen state agencies. After many long months, difficult hearings and tough decisions, the Fiscal Year 2012/2013 state budget was signed into law. What happened, and what it means to the state, to agencies, and to local government?

Sherri Greenberg, Interim Director, Center for Politics and Governance; Fellow, Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government; Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

9:30 am – 10:20 am   Morning Keynote 

Adam Schrager, author of The Principled PoliticianA Story of Courage

10:45 am – 12:00 pm   

A New Way of Thinking – Crisis as Opportunity

Despite the ongoing economic recovery, state coffers are woefully low; unemployment remains stubbornly high. At the same time, government as a whole is, in many ways, going about delivering services the same way they have been delivered for centuries - one citizen at a time, staffing regional centers. Some say this model is unsustainable. In the midst of these challenges are reasons to hope. Government leaders are taking this opportunity to examine both the business of government, and how that business gets done. In this interactive conversation, you will hear how some visionary leaders are responding to tough times.         

Moderator: Paul Taylor, Editor-at-Large, GOVERNING Magazine


Jerry Madden, Texas State Representative

Mike Morrissey, J.D., Senior Advisor, Officer of the Governor
Christopher Traylor, Executive Commissioner, Texas Department of Aging and Disability
Mark Funkhouser PH.D., Director, GOVERNING Institute
Teresa Hay McMahon, President, Iowa Lean Consortium 

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch Keynote - America Enters a New Season of History: What are the New Rules?

Neil Howe, Founding Partner and President, LifeCourse Associates

With his insight on generations, Howe offers a road map that explains where America is today—and, more important, where it is heading—as team-playing Millennials enter young adulthood, pragmatic Gen-Xers take over as midlife managers, and visionary Boomers move into elder leadership roles.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm         Concurrent sessions (2)

+The Texas State Budget: A Deeper Dive

This session offers a more detailed look at the impact of the budget on specific areas such as health care and education, and what it may mean to state and local governments.

Moderator:  Sherri Greenberg, Interim Director, Center for Politics and Governance; Fellow, Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government; Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin


Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Daniel T. Casey, Partner, Moak, Casey & Associates
Marc Levin, Director, Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation   

Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director, Texas Municipal League

+Staffing Government

Structured 9 - 5 jobs are yesterday's news; benefits are being scrutinized and reduced; the workload has increased, employees are being furloughed and laid off. All of this makes for a difficult sale. What does it mean to be in public service in the 21st century? Is the very idea of public service out the door, along with the wave of retiring Baby Boomers, or is there a new rise of public servant? 

Moderator: Elizabeth Daigneau, GOVERNING Magazine Managing Editor


Patrick Ibarra, President, The Mejorando Group

Adam Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Texas Education Agency

Peter Zanoni, City of San Antonio Assistant City Manager

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm      Concurrent sessions

+Silo Wreckers: Penetrating the Barriers that Prevent Us from Working Together Effectively

Government at all levels - state, county, city - must continue to explore new ways of working together and partnering with the private sector. An examination of new models of working together, and how to break down the barriers that prevent cooperation.

Moderator:  Mark Funkhouser PH.D., Director, GOVERNING Institute


Teresa Hay McMahon, President, Iowa Lean Consortium
Marv Weidner, Chairman and CEO, Weidner, Inc.

+Sustainable Government, Sustainable Communities

As budgets across the nation continue to be cut, the need for a “green economy” and sustainable government programs that will support the long-term vitality of our communities is of growing importance. How do we tackle this pressing issue while addressing the current financial challenges? What can be done to create communities with affordable housing choices, more transportation choices, where work, shops and schools are closer to home?

Moderator: Jonathan Walters, GOVERNING Magazine Executive Editor


Roger Duncan, Former CEO, Austin Energy
Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability, University of Texas

4:30 pm                    Reception





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