The Changing Role of States

August 29, 2017

The University of Southern California, Sacramento - The University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy, in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), will host a one-day, highly interactive symposium to address some of the big challenges facing our state governments and to consider the changing roles of states in our intergovernmental system.

Thought leaders, practitioners and academics from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors will gather near the CA Capitol at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento on August 29, 2017, to discuss, debate, and consider the changing roles of states in the areas of environmental policy and programs, health care, and their relationships with local government partners.  We will focus on the goal of identifying both best practices and the gaps and obstacles that hinder states from taking the actions they believe are necessary to meet the needs of their populations.

The day will begin with panel discussions on environmental and health care programs.  At noon, over lunch, there will be a keynote presentation.  The afternoon will include an additional panel conversation with faculty, government, and nonprofit leaders on the challenges of translating policies and programs from the federal to the state level.  The day will conclude with breakout sessions facilitated by faculty and government leaders to identify opportunities for improvement.

This event begins a four-part series of events that aims to draw out the governance challenges facing leaders at the federal, state, and local levels and propose a national agenda for improving our government’s effectiveness in delivering services to its citizens.  We hope you’ll join us.


Questions & Registration:   

  • For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Information for live streaming of the event will be posted closer to the event.