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2015 Texas CPM Conference


2015 ANNUAL TEXAS CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER (CPM) CONFERENCE

Sponsored by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Politics & Governance

MEETING THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES OF THE PUBLIC & NOT-FOR PROFIT SECTORS

Nearly 150 Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students gathered in Austin, Texas on Friday April 10, 2015, to learn, share and network at the Annual Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Conference.  The Conference, which was held at the University of Texas Thompson Conference Center, featured outstanding plenary speakers and breakout sessions on a variety of public administration and public policy topics, including the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture and the business meeting of the Texas Society of Certified Public Managers.

The Hobby Distinguished Lecture is always a highlight of the annual conference.  This year's plenary session was no exception, with the 2015 honoree former Houston Texas Mayor, Bill White providing the lecture.

The Honorable Bill White is the former 3-term mayor of Houston, Texas. Before serving as mayor, White was a lawyer and businessman, and served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1995. White is on the membership roster of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the board of directors for the North American Electric Reliability Council. He was chairman for both the World Trade Division and the Environmental Advisory Committee, and served on the executive committee, for the Greater Houston Partnership. He has also served on the board of directors for the Houston Quality of Life Coalition. He is an official sponsor and supporter of the Amazing Faiths Project of Houston.

In 2007, White was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his service during Hurricane Katrina. He was also awarded the FBI's Director's Community Leadership Award for lowering Houston's crime rate. White has recently authored the book, “America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse,” telling the remarkable story of generations of Americans who preserved the nation’s future by limiting federal debt. The Hobby Distinguished Lecture can be viewed here.

The opening plenary session was delivered by 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 (including the recent primary elections in Texas).  As a self-proclaimed "equal opportunity offender of both Democrats and Republicans" Harvey’s observations are always candid, insightful and give us the opportunity to take a humorous look at ourselves, each other and Texas politics. You can watch Harvey’s comments here.

Conference participants were welcomed by:
Ms. Sherri Greenberg, Clinical Professor Fellow of Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government LBJ School of Public Affairs srgreenberg@mail.utexas.edu

Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Director, Texas State University William P. Hobby Center for Public Service hb02@txstate.edu

Mr. Jason Alexander, President Centex Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) jason.alexander@austintexas.gov

Ms. Naomi Hines, President, Texas Society of Certified Public Managers® (CPM) naomi.hines@cityofhouston.net

Morning and afternoon conference breakout sessions were informative, engaging and insightful. A listing of the breakout sessions, topics, speakers and their contact information is provided below.

Breakout sessions included:

1. How Technology is Reshaping and Changing our Public Sector Organizations
Sherri Greenberg, Clinical Professor, UT LBJ School of Public Affairs srgreenberg@austin.utexas.edu

2. Weaknesses and Knowledge IT Deficiencies in Small & Midsize Governments & Not-for-Profit Organizations
Michael Pippin, MPA, CPM Instructor & Adjunct Faculty, University of Nebraska at Omaha mpippin@unomaha.edu

3. Integrity in Public Service:  Ethics, Laws and Codes of Conduct that influence the behavior of government officials
Alan Bojorquez, Attorney at Law and Principal, The Bojorquez Law Firm, PC. alan@texasmunicipallawyers.com

4.  U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance - Opportunities to put your state and local PFM skills to work in developing countries.
Victor Boles, Intermittent Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance, Government Debt and Infrastructure Finance (GDIF) Team victor.bolles@otatreas.us; Sheila Beckett, Senior Advisor, Budget and Financial Accountability, U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance Government Debt and Infrastructure Finance (GDIF) Team sheila.beckett@otatreas.us ; Laura A. Trimble, Associate Director, Budget and Financial Accountability, U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance Government Debt and Infrastructure Finance (GDIF) Team ttrimble@otatreas.us

5. Texas Society of Certified Public Managers (CPM) Organization Meeting
Conducted by Naomi Hines, President of the Texas Society for Certified Public Managers naomi.hines@cityofhouston.net ; Mr. Stephen Wright, Houston Chapter President Texas Society of Certified Public Managers® stephen.wright@houstontx.gov

6. Meeting the Technology Challenges of the 21st Century with Innovative Practices in the City of Round Rock, Texas
Brooks Bennett, Assistant City Manager, Round Rock, Texas bbennett@roundrocktexas.gov;
Will Hampton, Director of Communications, Round Rock Texas whampton@roundrocktexas.gov

7. Current Issues in Public Finance
Bob Henderson, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, San Antonio, Texas Robert.Henderson@rbccm.com
Dustin Traylor, Managing Director, RBC Capitol Markets, San Antonio, Texas Robert.D.Traylor@rbccm.com

8. Anchor Institutions and Innovation in Cities
UT LBJ School of Public Affairs Students: Awais Azhar, Catie Bialick, Virginia Cumberbatch, Davis Thompson, and Sam Naik
Identifying and Utilizing the Resources of e – Republic (Governing, Government Technology etc.) for the Public & Not for Profit Sectors
Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic | e.Republic Labs dhaisler@erepublic.com

9. Building Support for Policies Promoting Gender Equity among Texas Local Government Administrators
Dr. Thomas Longoria, Professor & Director, MPA Program, Texas State University;
tl29@txstate.edu ; Dr. Darlene Budd, Professor, The University of Central Missouri dbudd@ucmo.edu

10. CENTEX Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Business Meeting
Conducted by Mr. Jason Alexander, President of Centex ASPA jason.alexander@austintexas.gov

For questions regarding the 2015 Texas CPM Conference and/or the Texas CPM Program, please go to www.txstate.edu/cpm or contact Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Chair of Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at hb02@txstate.edu or 512/245-3453.

Online Presentations can be viewed by clicking on the links below
1. The Honorable Bill White
2. Harvey Kronberg
3. Panel Session #4 U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance - Opportunities to put your state and local PFM skills to work in developing countries.
4. Panel Session #8 Anchor Institutions and Innovation in Cities / Identifying and Utilizing the Resources of e – Republic (Governing, Government Technology etc.) for the Public & Not for Profit Sectors

The Honorable Bill White

Harvey Kronberg

Panel Session #4 U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance

Panel Session #8 Anchor Institutions and Innovation in Cities