Speakers Announced for 2013 Maryland Lean Government Conference

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A conference on May 15th will introduce attendees to new ways of improving service and decreasing the cost of Maryland government. The conference is designed to offer strategies to help Maryland’s state, county, and local governments deal with ever-more difficult budget challenges.

“’A technique, called ‘lean production’, has been improving performance in private sector businesses for over half a century,” explains Jeff Fuchs, Director of the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC), organizers of the conference. “Lean is used today by Boeing, Herman Miller, Cleveland Clinic, Starbucks, and many other private sector leaders. Lean engages employees to solve problems, reduce waste, create streamlined and hassle-free processes, and deliver better value for citizens.”

Over the past decade, almost a dozen U.S. states have rolled out lean efforts, and all four branches of the military have active lean programs. Government offices across all functions from federal to city have achieved substantial results.

“The conference is aimed at showing people how to build high-performance government,” says Fuchs. Dominick Murray, Maryland Secretary of Economic Development, will open the session, followed by an overview of lean government basics. Government employee guest speakers will then describe their strategies, results, and how Maryland government can do the same. Donna McDowell, Organizational Development Facilitator for Livonia Public Schools, will describe how lean has improved her Michigan school district’s performance. Marva Brock, Lean Manager for WorkSource, will explain how lean methods streamline the processes that connect job-seekers and employers across northeast Florida. Bob Minicucci will share insights in how lean methods have been used in New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services to speed permitting, improve service, and reduce costs. Teresa Hay McMahon, former Deputy Director for Iowa’s Department of Economic Development, will share her experiences building one of the largest and most effective statewide lean government initiatives in America.

The Lean Government Conference will be held at the BWI Westin Hotel in Linthicum Heights on Wednesday, May 15th, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Conference information, case studies, and registration are at http://www.mwcmc.org/leangovernment. All state, county, and city government employees across all departments are invited to attend.

The Maryland World Class Consortia is a 501c3 non-profit established in 1996. The MWCC provides educational and support resources that increase the competitiveness of Maryland business and grow the Maryland and regional economies.

For more information: Jeff Fuchs, MWCC Director, (443) 865-2198 or jfuchs (at) choosemaryland (dot) org.

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