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When: 3/23/2015
Where: Reynolds Alumni Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri  65201
United States
Contact: Ramona Huckstep

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PARTNERS IN GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE …  MML in conjunction with the Institute for Public Policy at the Truman School of Public Affairs (UMC) and the Center for Ethics in Public Life (UMSL) is excited to be sponsoring a workshop on how modern Federalism impacts local policy decisions.  The one day conference will feature panel discussions on three important local policy issues: environmental regulations, rural economic development, and police conduct review boards as well as informative key note presentations.  Speakers and panelists will include state and federal officials as well as municipal and community leaders.  The conference will be held March 23, 2015 at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri - Columbia campus.  The fee for the conference is $55 and will include lunch.  All municipal officials are encouraged to attend.  Two hours of elective credit will be awarded to attendees enrolled in the MML’s Governance Institute.  

Synopsis: Intergovernmental relations grow ever more important in a society and economy that is increasingly interdependent. Federal resources and mandates implemented and allocated at the state level, state policies with profound consequences at the local level, and local events which demand national attention and policy solutions at every level, require that all of these governmental levels coordinate to ever-higher degrees. In a society which so deeply values autonomy this demand for inter-governmental coordination can sometimes generate more heat than light, but given its necessity, we must ask: how do we do it well?

This conference seeks to address these issues by answering the following sorts of questions in the context of a variety of issues: How do we balance local accountability and adaptability against the consistency and efficiency of state and national policy? When formulating and implementing policy across levels of governance what sorts of practices have shown themselves to lead to positive outcomes? How can local officials and administrators foster good relationships with state and national agencies? How can state and national agencies foster good relationships with local government? What are some success stories, and some cautionary tales, we can all learn from?





8:30 a.m.             REGISTRATION STARTS

9:30 a.m.             WELCOME

 Brian Dabson, Associate Dean and Director, Institute of Public Policy, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs

9:45 a.m.             KEYNOTE ADDRESS -  "Fighting Policy Turf Battles or Finding Common Ground?  Some Thoughts about the State/Local Government Relationship." - Reginald Robinson, Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

10:50 a.m.          Water Regulations: Getting Everyone on Board

Everyone recognizes the importance of clean water.  New technologies provide the opportunity for even cleaner water, however are we reaching a point of diminishing returns?  Traditionally water standards imposed a universal criteria however now new watershed research allows standards to be tailored to meet the needs of a given region’s unique ecology.   Holistic approaches to not only the watershed but to the overall natural resources may allow local funds to be spent where needed most.  This panel discussion will focus on how the national goal of clean water may be met through more flexible standards, better stakeholder involvement, creativity, and a more open dialogue at the various governmental levels.

        Panelists: Jeffery Robichaud, Deputy Director, Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Sara Parker Pauley, Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Stephen Meyer, Director of Environmental Services, City of Springfield and President, Missouri Association of Clean Water Agencies

        Moderator: Wally Siewert, Director, Center for Ethics in Public Life, University of Missouri - St. Louis


Noon                    Lunch - Address: Chris Kelly, former State Representative (Invited)


1 p.m.                  Economic Development: Can State Policies Help Rural Municipalities?

The economic health of Missourians is a priority concern and economic development is an activity that requires effective cooperation between local and state government and federal agencies. What have we learned from the experience of recruiting, retaining, and growing businesses in Missouri that can improve local, state, and federal cooperation for economic development?  Many policies and programs intended to stimulate and support economic development appear to be better suited to metropolitan regions while there are fewer resources that can address the particular challenges of rural counties and communities in the state. What can be done through collaboration to help Missouri’s rural regions make their contribution to the overall prosperity of the state? 

Panelists: The Honorable Caleb Rowden, Representative, Missouri House of Representatives and Chair, Economic Development, Business Attraction and Retention Committee; Becky Cleveland, Executive Director, Brookfield Industrial Development Authority; Greg Batson, Program Support Director, USDA Rural Development; Felicity Ray, Executive Director, Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission

Moderator: Brian Dabson


2:20 p.m.            Police Review Boards: Bridging the Divide Between State and Local Communities

In response to events locally and nationwide the question of civilian oversight of law enforcement has gained much recent attention in Missouri. Proposals to address the issue vary greatly: from direct state level oversight to entirely local Civilian Review Boards, and everything in between. Given the state’s established role in providing standards for law enforcement, and given the adaptability and constituent accountability that local control offers, what role should or shouldn’t the state play? How do local and state agencies and lawmakers insure a good working relationship? What kinds of issues have caused inter-governmental strife in the past, and how can we avoid these issues in the future?

PANELISTS: Bob McDavid, Mayor, Columbia; Clarence Harmon, Former Mayor and Police, City of St. Louis; Karen Ullery-Williams, Senior Legal Analyst, Office of Community Complaints, Kansas City and Secretary, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

Moderator: Wally Siewert 

3:40 p.m.            Concluding Comments - Brian Dabson and Wally Siewert

4:00 p.m.            Conference Adjourns




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