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Hampton Roads ASPA Chapter Meets with Local City Managers

Pamela A. Gibson

The Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA hosted a unique evening event on January 21, 2010. An informal gathering of members and invited guests enjoyed the opportunity to network at Marker 20, a charming restaurant in the historic city of Hampton, VA, followed by a question and answer session with Mary Bunting, Hampton city manager, and Neil Morgan, Newport News interim city manager. 

Pam Dunning, past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter, spearheaded the event and moderated the Q&A session. Asked about the significance of an MPA degree in today’s environment, both city managers noted the distinctive challenges facing local government employees during a time of fiscal constraints and increasing regional demands that call for intergovernmental cooperation. Morgan referenced Fred Mosher’s early attention to the significant influence of public service professionals on public policy and, therefore, the need to simultaneously broaden the boundaries of educational curricula and, at the same time, offer sub-specializations as our public issues become more complex and inter-related.

It was an entertaining and educational evening and the Chapter looks forward to gathering again February 19, 2010, for a wine and cheese mixer in Chesapeake, VA; and on March 19, 2010, for its annual Symposium. This year’s panels and papers confront the current flux in public service with the theme, “Rethinking Governance: Changing Roles, Operations and Organizations.” More information and online registration can be found at www.aspahr.org.

ASPA?member Pamela A. Gibson is at Troy University. Email: [email protected]

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