Philadelphia, PA

DSI Civic presented “Financial Stress in Governments: The Issues, Challenges & Politics of Moving Forward” hosted by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Institute of Urban Research on January 27, 2012.

The conference focused on the unprecedented depth and duration of the 2007 recession – deeper and longer than any of the eleven recessions since the Great Depression – and how the employment loss and property value decline will continue to suppress revenues and cause financial stress in local governments for several more years. As the agenda indicates, the conference had more than 20 speakers and panelists including elected and appointed local government officials, state government officials, and several leading specialists in public finance and government restructuring.  The speakers and panel discussions focused not only on the daunting financial challenges going forward for local governments, but also many of the major solutions critical to restoring financial health as well as the political challenges of building support for the changes necessary to restructure governments.



To view presentations from DSI Civic’s conference, click on the links below:

Philadelphia Presentation, Economic Outlook, John Filan

Pennsylvania Outlook, Brian Jensen

Forecasting Financial Stress, John Filan

Privatization and P3 Opportunities, Warren “Bo” Daniels

Weston, Florida – A Privatization Case Study, Daniel Stermer

Pensions (and OPEB) – Analysis and Solutions, Lance Weiss

Too Much Government, or Too Many – A Comparison, John Filan