-September 22, 2016
The National Academy of Public Administration, in partnership with the National Governors Association and the American University School of Public Affairs, hosted a Governors Forum on Presidential Transition to examine the impact of the transition's impact on the states, with an emphasis on infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare. The National Governors Association (NGA) and American University's School of Public Affairs jointed the Academy in co-sponsoring the event.
"We were honored to be jointed by Governor Markell and former Governors Allen and Glendening for this unique, in-depth look at how the individual states will be affected by an incoming Presidential Administration," said Dan G. Blair, President and CEO of the Academy. "States are facing a number of budgetary challenges and key issues such as infrastructure, transportation and healthcare cut across any geographic differences. We heard a number of thoughtful and innovate perspectives during the forum that states can use to work with the next president to help meet their policy objectives."
Following a keynote discussion with Delaware Governor Jack Markell, moderated by Mr. Blair, there were two panel discussions, "How Will a New President Work with the States in Developing Healthcare Policy?" and "How Will a New President Work with States in Fixing our Nation's Transportation Infrastructure?"
Dan Blair leads a moderated keynote discussion with Gov. Jack Markell
Governor Markell was joined by former Virginia Governor George Allen and former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, who participated in the panel discussions with other senior former government officials, including Edward DeSeve, former Special Advisor to President Obama for Recovery Implementation; Dr. David Chu, former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; Richard Keevey, former OMB Director for the State of New Jersey and former CFO of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; James Capretta, former OMB Associate Director; and Robert Shea, former OMB Associate Director.
Infrastructure Panel Healthcare Panel
Also participating in the forum were Jocelyn Johnston, Professor at American University's School of Public Affairs, Sue Gander, Division Director for Environment, Energy, and Transportation at NGA, and Anna Davis, Director of Government Relations at NGA. Barbara Romzek, Dean at American University's School of Public Affairs, opened the session by welcoming the speakers and guests, and gave the closing remarks.