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ACCE Convention Speaker Profile - Bob Ward, Rockefeller Institute

Ian Scott on Monday, June 8, 2009 at 5:03:43 pm

Ward 4x5 (2) The ACCE Convention is drawing nearer, the deadline for early bird pricing is this Friday - June 12.  As we prepare to meet in Raleigh to learn what's NEXT in all areas of chamber leadership, I'm blogging about some of the featured speakers and workshops from our Government Relations/Policy and Economic Development programming tracks.  Last Thursday I profiled Joe Crosby from COST, today I'm featuring his co-panelist on the "State Budgets" Issue Forum - Bob Ward from the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Robert B. Ward is the deputy director of the Rockefeller Institute and heads the Institute's State and Local Government Finance research. He has studied and written about New York State government for more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, as assistant to the chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and as director of research for The Public Policy Institute of New York State, the research affiliate of The Business Council of New York State. 

Having worked at the State Chamber in New York, Bob appreciates the important role that local chamber's must play in guiding public policy, and there is now no bigger policy issue for states than the insolvency of state budgets.  Bob will join Joe Crosby on Friday, July 31 at 2:45 pm for State Budgets and Their Impact on Local Communities.  His remarks will focus on the expenditure side of state budgets and how states can help close budget gaps through smart cuts.

Dave Adkisson, President of the Kentucky Chamber and ACCE chair-elect, will moderate this important session.  We'll discuss the wide ranging issues that impact budgets from health care to taxes to public pension liability.  You don't want to miss this one.  If you have questions about this, or any other workshops at the ACCE Convention, please give me a call.

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