Hello, I am Paul Danczyk, president of the American Society for Public Administration.

August brings a paradox of relaxation and preparation as we take time to be with family and friends while gearing up for fall initiatives, programs, classes and events. This month, I am touring Western chapters in Denver, Utah and Seattle and look forward to connecting with our members and ASPA leadership in those regions.

As you know, the 2020 Annual Conference’s theme is on “2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration.” Mark your calendars for April 3-7, 2020 in Anaheim, California.

This month, you will receive an email announcing the call for proposals. Consider submitting a paper or session idea that reflects one of the conference’s concentrations. Both academics and practitioners are welcomed and encourage to submit. More information can be found on our website. As was the practice in previous years, we are holding at least one conference spot for an academic-based panel for each interested Section.

New this year, we are also holding at least one conference spot for a practice-based panel for each interested Chapter. The key here is that the spot is held for practitioner-only panels. This approach recognizes the many great local programs and expands conference options for those who requested more practitioner panels.

In August, we concentrate national programming on our “2020 Vision for Finance” track with our BookTalk and featured video.

The BookTalk is on August 15, at 1pm eastern with Angela Pool-Funai on her book: Ethics in Fiscal Administration: An Introduction, where she integrates ethics into the public administration curriculum by weaving ethical dilemmas into the financial management and budgeting process of the public and nonprofit sectors.

This month’s video calls back to the 2019 conference, where one of our Presidential Panels focused on GFOA’s New Financial Sustainability Framework. Expert Shayne Kavanagh discussed the framework alongside scholar Mark Pisano (USC) and city manager Laura Allen from New Berlin, Maryland. Look for more details soon!

For our Chapter and member shout outs….
ASPA’s South Florida Chapter recently held a Chapter retreat to plan for its upcoming year of activities. Special appreciation to Melissa Dynan, Isidoro Lopez, Glenn Joseph, Angela Miller and the rest of the Chapter’s leadership board for their forward-looking approach. We can’t wait to see what is in store this fall!
In honor of this month’s theme of public finance, we recognize and thank the National Institute for Governmental Purchasing or as commonly known as NIGP or NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, with whom we partner on webinars, magazine articles and more related to public procurement and the critical role it plays within public finance. It’s great to partner on such cutting-edge movements.

Next month, in addition to robust chapter programming, we promote two regional conferences:
  • The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration 2019 Annual Regional Conference is on September 5-7, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; hosted by Louisiana State University, Department of Public Administration.
  • The Midwest Public Affairs Conference is on September 19-20, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana, hosted by IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

The third regional conference, Northeastern Conference on Public Administration, will be on November 8-10. The regional conference will be in Brooklyn, New York; hosted by LIU Brooklyn, Pace University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY, and the New York Metro Chapter of ASPA.

For these and other programs, reach out to your local district representatives or check out www.aspanet.org.

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!