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2016 Texas CPM Conference


Sponsored by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service

Nearly 120 Texas CPM alumni, faculty, and students gathered in Round Rock, Texas on Friday April 8, 2016, to learn, share and network at the Annual Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Conference.  The Conference, which was held at the Texas State University Avery Center, featured the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture and a plenary session on Texas Politics & Policy Issues.

The Hobby Distinguished Lecture is always a highlight of the annual conference.  This year's plenary session was no exception, with the 2016 honoree Dustin Haisler providing the lecture. Click here for his Presentation Abstract and Click here for his lecture "Texas State Exponential Government".

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e-Republic. Prior to that, Dustin was President of KlabLab, Product Strategy Director for Spigit, Inc. and the former Assistant City Manager and Chief Information Office (CIO) for the City of Manor, Texas. Dustin can be reached at

Dustin works with numerous government agencies, academia, private companies and non-profits across the globe on innovation and engagement strategies. He is a frequent speaker on innovation and also serves on numerous public and private boards throughout the world.

• His Innovation programs were recognized by the White House.
• He is recognized as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of Technology in the nation.
• His accomplishments have been highlighted in Government Technology, Center for Digital Government, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company & Inc. Magazines.
• He launched the first open innovation portal in the public-sector in the United States.

The opening plenary session was delivered by Mr. Harvey Kronberg, noted Texas political analyst and editor of the Quorum Report 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. Harvey can be contacted at

Conference participants were welcomed by:
Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Director, Texas State University William P. Hobby Center for Public Service
Mr. Fred Bell, Treasurer of the Centex Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
Dr. Edna Rehbein, Associate Vice President, Round Rock Campus, Texas State University

Pictures and online video presentations can be viewed by clicking on the links below
1. Dustin Haisler
2. Harvey Kronberg

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