The 2011 Texas CPM & ASPA District 4 Conference “Fiscal Stress: Hard Choices for Public Service” was held at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin on Friday, February 18, 2011.
The Hobby Center wishes to thank the following Sponsors of the Texas CPM/ASPA District 4 Conference:
Gold – Center for Politics and Governance, UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs
Silver – RBC Capitol Markets
Bronze – Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, The Bojorquez Law Firm LLPC and Spigit Inc.
Friend Texas State University’s Governmental Partnerships Program, Strategic Partnerships Inc.
Fiscal Stress: Hard Choices for Public Service
By: Sue Breland, CPM Program Faculty
Texas State University
Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service
The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs
Center for Politics and Governance
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
LBJ SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
2315 Red River Street,
Sid Richardson Hall Unit 3,
Austin, Texas 78712
Nearly 200 ASPA members, Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students gathered in Austin on Friday February 18, 2011, to learn, share and network at the Annual Texas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) and Texas American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Region 4 Conference. The Conference which was held at the University Of Texas LBJ School Of Public Affairs included 16 breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to the conference theme, professional society meetings (ASPA & CPM) and the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture.
The Hobby Distinguished Lecture is always a highlight of the annual conference. This year's plenary session was no exception, with the 2011 honoree Dr. Douglas Brinkley, Historian and Professor at Rice University, delivering the lecture. Former Governor William P. Hobby was in attendance to introduce Dr. Brinkley and present him with a plaque commemorating this honor. Dr. Brinkley is a highly lauded author with many of his books listed among New York Times best sellers. Most currently, Dr. Brinkley's books have focused on the Environmental Movement and its historical context. During the conference lecture titled "Preserving our Environmental Heritage in a Time of Fiscal Stress", Dr. Brinkley spoke eloquently of President Theodore Roosevelt and his passion for nature and Federal government involvement in preserving wilderness areas and wildlife throughout his lifetime. His 2009 book The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America was the recipient of the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Dr. Brinkley graciously provided a book signing session following the lecture for his newest book The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom 1879-1960, just released in January 2011.
In addition to the Hobby Distinguished Lecture another highlight was the luncheon held in the beautiful LBJ Library & Museum. During that time, Mr. Harvey Kronberg, noted Texas political analyst and editor of the Quorum Report http://www.quorumreport.com informed and entertained attendees with insights to current politics, activities of Texas Government and the Texas Legislative Session. As a self proclaimed "equal opportunity offender: both Democrats and Republicans" his observations are always candid, interesting and come from a humorous perspective. After lunch, attendees were encouraged to visit "The First Lady's Gallery" (Ladybird Johnson) on the 10th floor.
All the Texas CPM & ASPA Conference breakout panels, sponsored by the Texas CPM Program, Texas ASPA Chapters and Public Administration and Public Policy Programs from Texas Universities around the state, were informative, engaging and insightful.
The Conference included the following topics:
Budget Outlook: How the State Budget Affects Local Communities
Panel Moderator: Alan Bojorquez, Principal, Bojorquez Law Firm PLLC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Panel Organizer, Leah M. Bojo, UT LBJ School Graduate Student, email@example.com
John O'Brien, Director of the Legislative Budget Board, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Byford, Sr. Budget Analyst at the City of Austin, email@example.com
Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Anderson, General Counsel of the Texas Education Agency, email@example.com
Managerial Approaches to Improving Local Government Performance:
“Backcast Budgeting: A Managerial Approach to Local Government Budgeting in Hard Times” Chris Hartung, Principal, Chris Hartung Consulting, Arlington TX firstname.lastname@example.org
“An examination of the Cititstat Performance Management System for Municipal Fire Departments” Dr. James Horton, Fire Department, City of Fort Worth Texas email@example.com
Strategies for Coping with Fiscal Stress in Texas State Government and Higher Education
Dr. Charles Matthews, former Chancellor, Texas State University System, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddie Molina, Director of Financial Administration Division, Office of Administrative Services, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) EMOLINA@tceq.state.tx.us
David MacCabe, Internal Audit Consultant and former Director of Internal Auditing, Teacher Retirement System of Texas email@example.com
State Finance and Online Transparency in Texas
Sherri Greenberg, Senior Lecturer UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Ames, UT LBJ School Graduate Student, email@example.com
Adam Colligan, UT LBJ School Graduate Student, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Levine, UT LBJ School Graduate Student, email@example.com
Social Networking and GovLoop Training Session
Ms. Sue Breland, Program Faculty, Texas CPM Program, Texas State University Sue@ImpactYour.Biz
Will Hampton, Director Information Systems, City of Round Rock, Texas firstname.lastname@example.org
Dustin Haisler, Director of Government Innovation for Spigit Information Systems Inc. email@example.com
HB-492 - Strengthening Faith, Community, & Nonprofit Origins: A Review and Look Forward
Dr. Angela Bies, Associate Professor, Bush School for Government and Public Service, firstname.lastname@example.org Texas A&M University,
Chris Bugbee, Chief Operating Officer, OneStar Foundation
Brad Carter, Founder and Director, Abilene Gives
Bryan W. Law, Committee Director, House Committee on Public Health
Lois W. Kolkhorst, Chair, Texas House of Representatives
Bee Moorhead, Executive Director, Texas Impact
Barry Silverberg, President and CEO, Texas Association of Nonprofits
Cutback Management: Survival Strategies for State and Local Government Managers
Billy Hamilton, Vice President for Finance, Capitol Metro, Austin TX & former Deputy Comptroller for the State of Texas, Billy.Hamilton@capmetro.org
Sheila Beckett, Consultant, US Treasury Department and former Executive Director of the Employee’s Retirement System (ERS) of Texas, email@example.com
City Managers' Perceptions of Disaster Risks: Consequences for Urban Emergency Management
Dr. Dianne Rahm, Professor, Texas State University, firstname.lastname@example.org and
Dr. Christopher G. Reddick, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration, UTSA email@example.com
Borrowing and Debt Management: Strategies for Local Governments in Texas
Robert Henderson, Managing Director, RBC Capitol Markets, San Antonio, TX, Robert.Henderson@rbccm.com
Dustin Traylor, Vice President, RBC Capitol Markets, Robert.D.Traylor@rbccm.com
Charles Windwehen, City Manager, Victoria Texas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Acosta, Fitch Ratings, email@example.com
Employee Health & Welfare During Times of Fiscal Stress:
“Enhancing Employee Health and Reducing Costs: The Wellness Program in Garland, Texas." Dr. Douglas Kiel, Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Fiscal Stress and the Effects on Employee Morale” Dr. Steve Springer, Professor & Chair, Occupational Education Department, Texas State University, email@example.com
Fiscal Innovations: Working with the Business Cycle
Dr. Richard J. Herzog, Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
George R. Franks, Stephen F. Austin State University, email@example.com
Kwame Badu Antwi Boasiako, Stephen F. Austin State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Willie Watson, MPA, Exec. Dir. of Human Resources, Manor Independent School District, email@example.com
Kierah Weber, Stephen F. Austin State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
NASPAA Overview of New MPA Accreditation Standards and Procedures
Stacy Drudy, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
Nonprofit Organizations & Accountability in Times of Fiscal Crisis:
“Local Government Financial Manger Perceptions associated with Payments in-Lieu of Taxes” Dr. Tom Longoria, Associate Professor, Texas State University, email@example.com
“People or productivity: Case Studies of how Contemporary Nonprofit Organizations Construct Accountability” Emily Balanoff-Jones, Assistant Professor, Texas State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Best Practices for Nonprofit Charter Schools Accountability: A Case Study of American Youth Works” Christian Flores, MPA graduate student, email@example.com
Cost-Free Innovations: Soft Choices to Motivate Public Service
Catherine Wheaton, Stephen F. Austin State University, Catherine.Wheaton@yahoo.com
Morgan Whitmire, Stephen F. Austin State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Devyn Jones, Stephen F. Austin State University, email@example.com
Exploring the Federal and State of Texas Grant Application Process:
Dr. Tyler Dial, Director Texas CPM Program, University of Texas at Brownsville firstname.lastname@example.org
“Educando Sin Fronteras: The Case of an Emergent Bi-national Nonprofit in the Valley of Texas” Patricia Georgina Barquet Díaz, email@example.com
“Glass Pulverizer Grant” Jennifer Morales, Jennifer.Morales1@utb.edu
“Working with Males to End Family Violence” Josefina Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiscal Stress in Florida and Lean Six Sigma in Texas:
"Dealing with Fiscal Stress: Lessons to be learned from Florida’s Fiscal Crisis"
Claire Mostel, former Compliance Support Coordinator, Miami Dade County Florida email@example.com
Steve Bobes, Administrative Officer, Miami Dade County Regulatory Commission, Florida BTV@miamidade.gov
"Lean and Six Sigma methodologies and the potential they have for Texas Government"
Alfredo J. Mycue, firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the panels, Texas ASPA Chapter leaders and Texas CPM alumni held their annual business meetings at this Conference. The Annual Texas ASPA and CPM Conference benefits from a close collaboration between the Texas CPM Program, participating Texas Universities, and the various ASPA Chapters throughout the state.
The annual Texas CPM and ASPA Conference was sponsored by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and UT’S LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Politics and Governance. Thanks to additional conference sponsors: RBC Capitol Markets, San Antonio Texas, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, The Bojorquez Law Firm LLPC, Austin, Texas, Management Concepts Inc., Leesburg, Virginia, Spigit Inc., Pleasanton, California, Texas State University Governmental Partnerships Program, San Marcos, Texas and Strategic Partnership Inc., Austin, Texas.
For additional information about the Texas ASPA and CPM Conference and the Texas CPM Program, please go to www.txstate.edu/cpm and/or contact Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Chair of Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at 512.245.3453 or email@example.com. You can also contact Professor Ken Matwiczak of UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ms. Sherri Greenberg, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at email@example.com.