Bright Lights, Big City, Great Conference!

With more than 300 attendees and more than 100 paper and research presentations, ABFM’s 2012 Annual Conference this past October at the Marriott Midtown East Side in New York City, hosted by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, provded to live up to some pretty high expectations.

“The New York conference proved to be a great success,” said Jim Savage, ABFM Chair. “New York registered the highest attendance and produced our largest registration revenues and donor sponsorships of our past six conferences.”

Dan Smith (NYUWagner), 2012 ABFM Conference Co-Chair, presents his current research on state-level fiscal slack and credit quality.

Dan Smith (NYUWagner), 2012 ABFM Conference Co-Chair, presents his current research on state-level fiscal slack and credit quality.

2012 was another strong year for the annual conference, among the highest attended of those organized by regions and research sections of The American Society for Public Administration.

“Our attendance at the 2011 conference in Washington and the 2012 conference indicates that ABFM is more than rebounding from the drop in attendance registered at the three preceding conferences due to the weak national economy,” Savage said. “This recovery is clearly reflected in the high quality of our panels and the enthusiasm of our panelists.”

Participating faculty, students, practitioners and other public finance enthusiasts were highly complimentary of the three-day event.

“ABFM conference each year provides an excellent opportunity to get caught up with the latest research in the budgeting and financial management area,” said Olga Smirnova, presenter and Assistant Professor, East Carolina University. “Moreover, quite often conference presentations ignite new venues for further research. I also thoroughly enjoy the conversations that take place between conference presentations and in the hallways and concern many topics relevant to work in academia and outside of academia.”

Presented research incorporated practically every aspect of public sector finance, from municipal budgeting to state debt, from federal spending to improving nonprofit management and emerging international issues.

Dall Forsythe (right), former State of New York Budget Director and 1998 Howard Award recipient, leads Ellen Norcross (GMU, left) and Ted Orson (center) during the State and Local Debt plenary panel.

Dall Forsythe (right), former State of New York Budget Director and 1998 Howard Award recipient, leads Ellen Norcross (GMU, left) and Ted Orson (center) during the State and Local Debt plenary panel.

Special panels focused on two critical issues, state and local debt management and the administrative and fiscal challenge of health care.

On Friday, October 12th, recipients were recognized for ABFM’s annual awards. Forrest Longman, a student at the University of Washington, received the Michael Curro Student Paper Award for his work “Small Town Bond Default and Financial Contagion:Did the Greater Wenatchee Public Facilities District Default Cause Financial Contagion?”

Philip Joyce, Professor of Management, Finance and Leadership at the University of Maryland, received the Aaron Wildavsky Award for his long career of achievements in public finance and budgeting.  Roy W. Bahl, Jr. Regents Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus at Georgia State University, received the S. Kenneth Howard Award, recognizing his achievements as a practitioner in the field of finance and budgeting.

Bahl received the Wildavsky Award in 1997, making him the first person to be recognized with both the Wildavsky and Howard Awards.

 

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Attendees gather for the Awards Luncheon

Tom Lauth, retiring Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Georgia, presented the Jesse Burkhead Award, recognizing 2011′s best article in Public Budgeting & Finance, to UNC-Charlotte’s James Douglas and Western Carolina’s Roger Hartley, for their work, The Fly Ball Effect: A Theoretical Framework for Understanding the Impacts of Short-Term Seed Grants (Volume 31, #4, pages 74-92).

The 2013 ABFM Conference will be held in Washington, DC, October 3rd-5th. The 2014 Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI.

Check out the slideshow of photos from the 2012 ABFM Conference below