-October 24, 2016
As a follow up to the Governors Forum on Presidential Transition, the National Academy of Public Administration turned its attention to local governments. In partnership with George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, the Academy hosted a forum on Presidential Transition: Impact on Local Governments.
This event brought together a variety of local government officials to discuss the impacts of the Presidential election on their communities and local governments as a whole. Featured panelists included Lee Feldman, City Manager of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Chris Morrill, City Manager of Roanoke, Virginia; Penny Gross, County Supervisor, Fairfax County, Virginia; and Tom Cochran, Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The panel, moderated by Academy President and CEO Dan G. Blair, was addressed by several subject matter experts on an array of critical issues including public financing, infrastructure, public safety, and criminal justice. Michelle Sager, Director of the Economic Opportunities Division at the National Governors Association, kicked off the discussion on public financing. Arlington County Chief of Police Jay Farr followed with a captivating dialogue on the state of public safety in local governments. Lastly, Jack Basso, former Chief Operating Officer of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), engaged the panel in a lively discussion on the complex interactions between federal, state, and local governments in infrastructure related matters.
The event, attended by over 125 members of the government, academia, and general public, was followed by a reception in which the participants and audience members engaged in informal discussion.
A video of the forum can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCPl1YwPJp8