Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner tomorrow will present at Governing Magazine’s Outlook in the States and Localities 2014 conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. As the County’s top fiscal officer, Wagner was invited to discuss the modern-day role of finance officers in innovative policy making, in an era of greater fiscal constraint. Wagner will take part in a panel discussion that also features the Chief Financial Officers of Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and will speak about how the Allegheny County Controller’s Office has successfully managed the collaborative effort of hosting the City and County on the same financial management platform, in order to save City and County taxpayers millions of dollars.
“This is a great stage for Allegheny County,” Wagner said. “I’m honored to represent our region and share how my office has led this collaborative effort between County and City government, which is, in many ways, a first of its kind in this county. This is a great government success story.”
Wagner will also speak about the need to invest in transportation and infrastructure, as part of the larger discussion on how governments invest for the future.
Governing’s annual briefing event invites experts to discuss the biggest issues and business drivers for states and localities in the year ahead. More than 35 panelists will speak about revenue forecasts, policy trends, emerging issues and new focus areas. Wagner joins leaders from the public sector, policy experts, state and local trade association affiliates, and Governing editorial and research teams. Other speakers with connections to the Pittsburgh area include Allen Biehler, executive director of University Transportation Center at Carnegie Mellon University and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation; Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards and former head of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board; and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.