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Advance National Interests in a Changing Global Context

July 20, 2020 – COVID-19 and National Security

With guest Judge James Baker, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Security Policy and Law at the Syracuse University College of Law and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • The international security aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic including the implications for U.S.-China relations
  • How the U.S. should navigate the international implications of the pandemic including how the U.S. should manage infections coming from other parts of the world.
  • Implications from the pandemic for global supply chains and international institutions
  • How the Syracuse Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is preparing students to operate in this new global landscape
  • Key issues public administrators need to consider as AI applications in government increase.

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Advance the Nation's Fiscal Health

July 6, 2020 – COVID-19 Impacts on State Budgets

With guest John Hicks, State Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • A real time look at state budgets during the pandemic including how this crisis compares to the Great Recession, the fiscal impact experienced by different communities in Kentucky, and the collaboration between state and local governments in Kentucky to address the fiscal issues
  • How state fiscal crises will affect the national economy
  • States’ near-term options to combat the fiscal crisis sparked by COVID-19 and their long-term outlooks
  • Investing in new capabilities during the middle of a crisis.

September 8, 2020–Navigating Fiscal Health at All Levels of Government During COVID-19 and Beyond

With Scott Pattison, the Deputy Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • The difference between the national deficit and the national debt
  • The current state of fiscal health
  • Comparing economic impacts from the current crisis with the 2008 financial crisis
  • State and local government's ability to recover from the 2008 crisis in preparation for this one
  • Challenges for state and local governments during this crisis (what happens when rainy day funds run out)
  • How state and local should engage with constitutents during a crisis
  • How tax structures and fee structures affect the revenue and the tax base
  • One piece of advice for fiscal futures beyond COVID-19

September 14, 2020–The Federal Budget Process

With Bill Hoagland, Senior Vice President at the Bi-Partisan Policy Center and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • A description of today's federal budget process
  • What it would take to make the federal budget process work
  • The pandemic's effect on the federal fiscal crisis
  • Restoring the fiscal balance
  • Changes in the global economy that may test current economic theories
  • The impact of the federal financial health on states
  • Collaboration between federal and state governments to improve overall fiscal health
  • Mechanisms to facilitate conversation between state and federal governments
  • One recommendation for the next administration (whether re-elected or newly elected) 

Relevant Content from the Academy:

Build Resilient Communities

August 3, 2020—The Role of FEMA in Supporting Community Resilience

With guest David Grant, Founder of Potomac Ridge Consulting, long time government senior executive who retired from FEMA, and Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Disaster response and mitigation
  • Coordinating several federal agencies in a recovery operation
  • The role of grants in disaster and recovery preparation
  • Hurricane season during a pandemic
  • His advice to clients in the private sector on building resilience

August 10, 2020—Community Resilience: Hands-On Experience and Lessons from Abroad

With Sonal Shah, Founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center at Georgetown University, former policy advisor to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Academy Fellow 

Topics Include:

  • Building resilience in internatinal communities
  • Sonal's work at the Beeck Center
  • The biggest challenges and best practices for teaching communities resilience solutions
  • The value of hands-on experience and citizen centric services
  • Sonal's experience during a presidential primary campaign and her advice to Mayor Buttigieg
  • The role of social media in public administration

August 17, 2020—Resilience in Miami-Dade County

With Jim Murley, Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County and Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Miami-Dade County's unique resilience issues including climate change's effects on the area
  • The planning process for establishing community resilience
  • The partnership between Miami and the Rockafeller Foundation's Resilient Cities
  • Using community engagement to build county-wide buy-in to build a resilience strategy
  • Lessons learned from the Zika pandemic
  • The interesection of Miami's climate strategy with its resilience strategy
  • The broadening role of a chief resilience officer during the COVID-19 pandemic

August 24, 2020—How City and County Managers Build Resilient Communities

With Pat Martel, West Coast Regional Director for the International City and County Management Association and Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • California's unique resilient challenges
  • The intersection of resilience plans and COVID-19 reopening plans
  • Community resilience best practices
  • The process of building community resilience at the local level
  • Promoting open community dialogue
  • Regional resilience and building it across municipal boundaries
  • The role of private sector comanies in community resilience
  • Social equity in community resilience

August 31, 2020—Resilience Planning and Adaptation

With Janine Davidson, President of Metropolitan State University of Denver and Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Resilience lessons learned from her career including her time in the U.S. Air Force
  • The importance of resilience planning
  • How colleges can adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The future of the public workforce

Relevant Content from the Academy:

Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work

July 13, 2020 – Connecting People to Meaningful Work After COVID-19

With guest Lisa Danzig, Specialist Leader for Human Capital, Organizational Talent & Transformation at Deloitte Consulting LLP and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • The biggest challenges facing the federal, state, and local governments.
  • Reimagining the world of work during the pandemic and moving forward including the national workforce development strategy and the availability of child care of K-12 schools in this process
  • How she is advising businesses in an environment of high unemployment claims including the roles companies should take on regarding workforce transformation and training
  • How the nature of government work is changing including the opportunity for a more remote workforce and how those who are restricted from teleworking can adapt in the COVID-19 environment
  • The top concerns moving forward

Relevant Content from the Academy:

Develop New Approaches to Public Governance and Engagement

June 29, 2020 – COVID-19 and Intergovernmental Aspects of Re-opening

With guest Beth Kellar, Deputy Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Issues and opportunities for city and county leaders as they recover and reopen from the pandemic
  • Intergovernmental challenges of the pandemic response including managing infections coming from other parts of the country
  • ICMA’s efforts with cities and counties to meet their needs
  • ICMA’s international efforts and lessons learned from abroad
  • ICMA’s priorities moving forward


July 27, 2020 – Emerging Practices in Public Governance

With guest Dr. Kirk Emerson, Professor of Practice in Collaborative Governance at the University of Arizona and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Achieving goals through collaborative governance and best practices in implementation
  • The suitability of collaborative governance at different levels of government
  • The responses from states and localities to the pandemic through self-initiated collaborative governance
  • How public administrators can facilitate collaboration and how we need to train future public administrators
  • The role of modern media and web based tools in this model including building citizens’ trust
  • The most important things to strengthen intergovernmental collaboration

Relevant Content from the Academy:

Foster Social Equity

June 8, 2020 – Understanding the Public Health System

With guest Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • An overview of how the public health system works
  • Lessons from the STD epidemic that can be applied to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing—priorities, oversight and transparency measures, and recommendations for the government
  • COVID-19 contact tracing—protection of civil rights and liberties, the role of technology and an “app”, and the sharing of data at each level of government
  • Investments in the public health system moving forward


June 15, 2020 – COVID-19, Social Equity Considerations & Re-opening in Louisiana

With guest Dr. Courtney Phillips, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Obligations of states, as compared to the federal or local governments, regarding health care for their residents
  • Observations and experiences to the different ways that states approach the responsibilities of Medicaid, public health, social services to promote wellness, etc., how to prioritize challenges in these areas, and the difference between Dr. Phillips’ approach in Texas and her approach in Louisiana
  • How Louisiana is addressing and controlling the pandemic including how they are coordinating federal, state, and local efforts
  • Social equity considerations when managing COVID-19 and when setting a public health agenda for programs, investments, and other services.
  • Dr. Phillips’ advice to her governor and to the communities of Louisiana on re- opening after COVID-19 including on: civil liberties, testing and contact tracing, triggers for social distancing measures, and investment in health infrastructure


June 22 – COVID-19, Social Equity Considerations & Re-opening at the Local Level

With guest Lee Feldman, City Manager of Gainesville, Florida and an Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Unique governance challenges and opportunities for city governments.
  • Identifying priorities for a 100-day plan. How the Gainesville government has adapted this plan to COVID-19?
  • How Gainesville plans to reopen its community including addressing medical statistics, contact tracing and testing, guidance to businesses, public transit, and differentiating state and federal guidance
  • How Gainesville is addressing poverty and other equity considerations both in their COVID response and more generally
  • The current state of Gainesville and their plan for the next 100 days

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