The MPA program's second annual summit aims to address Connecticut’s political and economic challenges with a 21st Century vision.
This summit demonstrates how Fairfield University continues to provide the leadership on critical issues affecting state and local politics.
— Fairfield University MPA Program Director and Economic Professor Mark LeClair, PhD
In recognition of the positive community response to last year’s inaugural event, Fairfield University’s Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program will host its second annual summit, Connecticut’s Budget Predicament: The Path Forward After 2017, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts. The annual conference, which focuses on the issues and challenges of public administration in a global marketplace, is free and open to the public and will address Connecticut’s political and economic challenges with a 21st Century vision.
The summit will feature a community Q&A session and a panel discussion with state officials and local experts including Brian R. Farnen, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank; Brian Flaherty, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA); Kevin Lembo, State Comptroller; Thomas Moore, Superintendent of West Hartford Public Schools; and Thomas Murray, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics at Fairfield University.
“Connecticut’s fiscal crisis has been and still is an important conversation,” said Fairfield University MPA Program Director and Economic Professor Mark LeClair, PhD. “It has impacted our towns, businesses, nonprofits, and schools and will continue to present a challenge into the foreseeable future. The MPA Program is proud to offer a forum for this conversation. This summit demonstrates how Fairfield University continues to provide the leadership on critical issues affecting state and local politics.”
The purpose of the annual MPA summit is to bring citizens, students, public administrators, community leaders, and state and local officials together to participate in a constructive dialogue on matters that directly affect the local community. An audience of more than 375 community members, business owners, and students attended last year’s inaugural summit Moving Forward in the Absence of GE, which featured a panel of nine state and local elected officials, economists, and business leaders sharing their professional insights while fielding hard-hitting questions about the political and economic impact of General Electric’s move to Massachusetts.
Tickets for this year’s second annual summit are free and can be reserved through the Quick Center Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 254-4010.
This event is co-sponsored by the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Dolan School of Business, the Department of Politics, and the Open Visions Forum by the Quick Center.