Sustainability and Governance Key Topics at 2013 ASPA Annual Conference

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ASPA Kicks Off Annual Conference for more than 1,000 public administrators and scholars.

In its 74th year, the ASPA Annual Conference is the largest and most comprehensive gathering of public administration professionals.

While politicians in Washington may be stuck in gridlock, more than 1,000 public administrators from local, state and federal government, as well as nonprofit leaders, students and scholars are gathering in New Orleans to discuss ways to improve governance and create sustainable best practices.

On March 15, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) will kick off its Annual Conference, a five-day meeting that brings together a diverse group of experts, practitioners, and scholars. Through a variety of workshops, forums and keynote presentations, attendees address concerns about the public sector, public management and to discuss creative solutions for the challenges facing government. The 2013 conference theme “Governance & Sustainability: Local Concerns, Global Challenges” serves as a guide for discussions.

The 2013 conference features keynote presentations by top federal and state officials, including Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne of Louisiana on Saturday, March 16. U.S. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro, head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), will address attendees on Sunday, March 17. Mr. Dodaro will present the Elliot Richardson Lecture on Sunday, March 17. Attendees also have a selection of more than 120 panels, workshops and sessions to attend. The presentations address a myriad of issues including ethics, diversity, technology and leadership.

Additionally, ASPA will honor exemplary public servants at the state, city and federal level. Judge Garry T. Ichikawa, Superior Court Judge of California in County of Solano, will receive the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award for his outstanding efforts to promote social justice and equity.

ASPA will also honor leading public servants with National Public Service Awards and honor outstanding practitioners, students and academics with ASPA awards. This year's winners are Kevin Duggan, West Coast Regional Director for the International City/County Management Association; Elizabeth Fretwell, City Manager of Las Vegas; Warren Gove, IT expert with the Internal Revenue Service and Jacqueline Simon, public policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

In its 74th year, the ASPA Annual Conference is the largest and most comprehensive gathering of public administration professionals. The conference routinely attracts high profile international public servants, public administrators from the local, state and federal level, nonprofit executives and professionals, as well as global experts and government workers.

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