Celebrated the first full week in May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees.
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) includes nonprofit employees in PSRW because of the importance of public-nonprofit partnerships in the design and delivery of public services. Throughout the nation and the world, public servants use this occasion to educate others about the work they do and why they have chosen public service careers, as well as the many ways government services make life better for all of us.
The Public Administration Division (PAD) views this PSRW celebration as an opportunity to enrich the role of faculty, enhance student learning, and engage the community. PAD will convene a half-day conference of scholars, students, and the community to examine national and local issues affecting the lives of Americans. This conference will create unique learning communities from which lessons for extending the college's reach is realized. It will also serve as a vehicle for advancing communities of learning as a vehicle for local government/nonprofit/university collaborations leading to transformative community changes.
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Conference registration (Campbell Student Union, Fireside Lounge – 3rd Floor)
Welcome and networking
Since 2012, the tax cap has limited every local government with taxing authority to increase its levy no more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. If a local government (municipality or school board) wants to levy more taxes than the cap allows, the municipality’s board can vote to override the cap. School boards must take the issue to the district voters (in the annual school budget vote). What has been the impact of this property tax cap on local governments and school districts? What strategies have municipalities used to adapt to the cap?
This panel brings together NYS public administrators and officials to discuss how this legislation has affected local government. Moderating the panel is Kenneth Stone, MPA – Chief Financial Officer, Buffalo & Erie County Libraries, who teaches public budgeting in Buffalo State’s MPA program.
While the issues of human rights abuse, conflict, and poverty have continuously obtained international attention, the role of NGOs has been challenged and scrutinized around these issues. Nevertheless, international NGOs have been crucial in promoting human rights norm, international development, and humanitarian assistance. This panel brings together academic experts and field practitioners to discuss the impacts and implications of international NGOs working around the issues of human rights, poverty reduction, and conflict reconstruction.
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump promised to make substantial policy changes that have the potential of adversely affecting the lives of various segments of American society. Now as president-elect, Donald Trump has already begun to choose cabinet members and department heads that have track records highlighting actions and ideological leanings against diversity, not only in decision-making offices but society as a whole.
This panel, which will be held 110 days after the beginning of the Trump administration, will discuss how presidential decisions to that point in time have affected diversity within the government. Moreover, this panel will discuss how the president’s choices in key government positions may affect diversity in government throughout the rest of the administration, in addition to domestic race/ethnic relations within this country.
This panel will address how non-profit organizations in our region have handled changes in funding allocation since the global fiscal crisis? What organizational mechanisms (i.e. development of organizational networks and coalitions, programmatic reorganization and diverse funding streams) have they put in place to mitigate issues around lack of funding and sustainability?
“A Few Considerations on Global Diversity in an Era of Uncertainty” and presentation of Buffalo State’s annual service awards.
Masters of Ceremonies: Dr. Atta Ceesay and Mr. Donald Dentice, MPA
Mayor Byron Brown will receive the 2017 Outstanding Service to the MPA Program Award.
The 2017 Outstanding MPA Alumni Award will also be presented at this dinner.
Only 70 seats are available for dinner. RSVP early to reserve your place! (1 seat remaining as of 5/01/17)
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