SUNY Potsdam Hosts 22nd Annual Managing Local Government Conference


Noted economist Steve Horwitz will offer the keynote address at the 22nd annual Managing Local Government Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at SUNY Potsdam.

Horwitz, who is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University, will speak on the topic of "The Five Economic Ideas Everyone in Local Government Should Know." He is the author of "Microfoundations and Macroeconomics" and "Monetary Evolution, Free Banking and Economic Order," and is a regular contributor for business networks CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg.

Local Government Conference Committee Chairwoman Ruth Garner said she believes attendees will get more than their money's worth at this year's event.

"Steve lives in, and is a student of, our local economies. He knows how difficult it is for local municipalities to fulfill their mandates in difficult financial times. What he has to say will both encourage and challenge our attendees," Garner said.

Nancy L. Hess, coordinator of conferences and special events at SUNY Potsdam, reported that early registration for the conference this year is strong.

"Our early bird registration has attracted a lot more interest than in previous years," Hess said. "Both elected and appointed government officials are looking at ways in which they can improve services to their constituents, while living within the state's tax cap guidelines. They know that they can get many of their questions answered at this conference."

Supervisors, mayors, clerks, board members, assessors, code officers and other officials from a five-county area meet each year to exchange ideas with their fellow local government officials and hear from representatives of the New York State Comptroller's Office, the leadership from the Association of Towns and the Mayor's Conference. Gerry Geist, who is the executive director of the NYS Association of Towns, will offer a presentation on the topic of creative ways for municipalities to share services.

The daylong conference will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with registration and coffee, followed by the first two sessions, hosted in Flagg Hall. The lunch with keynote speaker will be offered from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room, followed by the third session back in Flagg Hall. The conference will conclude at 3 p.m.

Registration is currently $45 until Oct. 11, and is $60 on the day of the conference. People may also register for the conference by calling (315) 267-2167 or (315) 267-2538.

The schedule and registration form can be found at

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.