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Kurt Thurmaier, Political Science, (515) 294-7207
Dave Gieseke, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (515) 294-7742
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University will hold a conference on promoting excellence in government from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 9, in 167 Scheman Building. The conference is open to the public; the $15 conference fee includes a lunch.

The conference, "Governing in the 21st Century -- Accountability, Citizen Involvement and Technology," will include two panel discussions and a noon luncheon.

The keynote luncheon speaker is Iowa State alumnus Dwight Ink. Ink will discuss his work with congressional committees in the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ink is retired after long service to the federal government in several high-profile agencies and offices. He served under Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan.

The 10 a.m. panel is on governance and accountability. Presenters are James Chrisinger, Iowa Department of Management; Robert Layton, Urbandale city manager; and Paul Coates, associate professor of political science, and Alfred Ho, assistant professor of political science, both at Iowa State.

The 1:30 p.m. session is on the management of E-government. Issues such as challenges, solutions and future directions will be discussed by panelists Michael Armstrong, Des Moines chief information officer; Dan Combs, director of digital government for the Iowa Information Technology Department; and Yu-che Chen, assistant professor of political science at Iowa State.

Kurt Thurmaier, professor of political science and director of the public policy and administration program at Iowa State, will moderate the event.

"This conference is designed for all levels of Iowa's state and local public managers," Thurmaier said. "We are holding the conference during Public Service Recognition Week which also focuses on excellence in government."

Iowa State's public policy and administration program is coordinating the event. The luncheon is co-sponsored by the Des Moines chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

To register, go online at or call (515) 294-9627.


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