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2015 ASU Public Finance Conference

2015 Public Finance Conference

March 13, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona


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Each year, the ASU Public Finance Conference brings together practitioners and public officials to discuss one of the key challenges in contemporary governance: financial capacity in the public sector.

Kent Hiteshew, director of the Office of State and Local Finance at the U.S. Department of Treasury will be the keynote speaker. His office was established in response to requests for assistance from local jurisdictions facing fiscal and financial challenges. He will share observations on the role of the new office as well as new and upcoming federal activities to address local governments' continued rebound from the effects of the recession.

William Glasgall, program and editorial director for Volcker Alliance's State/Local Accountability and Improvement programs, will open the conference. A long-time business journalist and former managing editor at Bloomberg News, Glasgall will share Volcker's perspective on public finance and how his team is a team that is addressing the recommendations from the State Budget Crisis Task Force.

The conference includes two general tracks: the basics and innovative financing.

The basics includes tools for local finance and updates on new developments in the bond markets, including legislative changes. The innovative financing track includes a panel on social impact bonds and a discussion of debt-related derivatives. We will also highlight tools from the Smart Cities Council Financing Guide.

This year, one panel will be devoted to sports and cultural amenities financing with guests including Paul Dolan, CEO of the Cleveland Indians, Jeffrey Patchen, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Simon Farbrother, recent past president of the International City/County Management Association and city manager of Edmonton, Canada, and Dr. Mark Rosentraub, director of the University of Michigan Center for Sports Management. 

CPE credit is available.

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