AUSTIN, Texas—Peter Harkness, editor and publisher of Governing magazine, will speak during a conference in Austin April 25-29 examining ways to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local governments.
In its February 2000 issue, Governing gave the city of Austin an “A-” grade in city management. Governing is a national monthly magazine that covers issues in state and local government.
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin expects the conference to include speakers from 28 states and participants from about 40 states.
Harkness will speak at 8:30 a.m., April 27, at the conference site in the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez. The conference is titled “Managing for Results: A Culture for the New Millennium.”
Registration and an admission fee are required for attendance. The basic conference admission fee is $450 with additional charges for pre-conference and post-conference workshops. Registration information and a complete agenda of conference events are available on the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Web page, www.utexas.edu/lbj/.
Highlights of the conference will include:
- Noon — The presentation of National Excellence Awards for community outreach to three state and local organizations. The event will honor the city of Winston-Salem, N.C., Fairfax County, Va. and the Florida Department of Revenue in Exhibit Hall I of the Austin Convention Center.
- 8:30 a.m. — Keynote speech on “The Public Sector After Y2K — The Walls Come Tumbling Down,” by Peter Harkness, editor and publisher of Governingmagazine, in Ballroom A of the Austin Convention Center.
- 10 a.m. — Panel on local government in Ballroom A of the Austin Convention Center. Panelists include Austin City Councilman William Spelman.
- 11:45 a.m. — Address by Washington, D.C. mayor Anthony A. Williams æ named public official of the year by Governingin 1997 — in Exhibit Hall I of the Austin Convention Center.
The LBJ School of Public Affairs is co-sponsoring the conference with the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and several state agencies and national public administration organizations. The LBJ School of Public Affairs has hosted four national conferences since 1993 on the topic of measuring performance in government.