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ASPA National Conference Begins Today in the Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas

Las Vegas – the
Entertainment Capital of the world and host to the 2012 ASPA Annual
Conference. While your first thoughts may include visions of gambling
and casinos, look a little deeper and you will find an assortment of
reasons to visit this destination and its nonstop excitement. This once
sleepy frontier town came alive in 1939 when gambling was legalized. A
lot has changed since then but you can still see Freemont Street where
it all began. For an historic look at early Vegas, visit some of the
first establishments along the strip–Binions, the Golden Nugget and
the Four Queens. The “new” Vegas has spectacular sights and attractions
for al–dancing fountains enhanced by music and lights at the
Ballagio, a wildlife habitat at the Flamingo, artifacts from the Titanic
at the Luxor, an hourly volcanic eruption at the Mirage, gondola rides
at the Venetian, visit the Eiffel Tower replica in the Paris Las Vegas
hotel casino or a replica of the Statue of Liberty at New York-New York.
All just minutes from the hotel.

Redefining Public Service Through Civic Engagement–the theme of this year’s conference, reflects the reality that businesses, nonprofits, and citizen groups have become essential partners in government, contributing resources to community problem solving and public service delivery. Recently, the rapid expansion of technology and the development of social media have informed and empowered individuals and are changing the relationships between governments and citizens. The 2012 conference brings together an international community of government and nonprofit professionals, scholars, students, and citizen groups to learn what is happening in their respective areas and obtain skills that they can implement in their communities, states and countries.

The conference planners have integrated the conference schedule with panels, workshops, discussion circles, poster presentations, and keynote presentations to address issues, solutions and the opportunity to elevate the public service profession. Also, we continue our tradition of providing opportunities for networking with colleagues and friends, as well as activities that encourage the development of new professional relationships.

However, this conference promises to be a departure from previous conferences in several ways, including the first-ever Stone Lecture presented by two notable scholars. In addition, during the conference we welcome all conference attendees to interact via social media. Therefore, we have established a Twitter hashtag (#aspa2012) for your use.

ASPA is proud to have Punam Mather, a champion for workplace diversity and an advocate for the less fortunate serve as Honorary Conference Chair for the 2012 Annual Conference. Mathur, vice president, Employee & Community Engagement for NV Energy, Inc. Mathur’s service, notably her commitment and engagement with her community to eradicate hunger in southern Nevada, epitomizes our conference theme.

For more information on ASPA’s Conference visit the conference website; ASPA’s Blog or ASPA’s Twitter feed (#aspa2012).

Today’s Schedule-at-a-Glance

7:30am–5:00pm ASPA Registration

9:00–10:30am Sessions/Workshops

10:45am–12:15pm Sessions/Workshops

1:00–6:00pm CPM Workshop: Promoting Good Governance Worldwide: Strengthening Accountability One Brick at a Time

1:30–3:00pm Sessions/Workshops

1:30–4:45pm SPALR/ROPPA Symposium:
Public Employee Rights in a Changing Environment 2:00–5:00pm Endowment Meeting

3:15–4:45pm Sessions/Workshops

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