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Conference on Policy Analysis

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The 23rd Annual Conference on Policy Analysis will be held October 17, 2007, at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

Increasing public scrutiny, uncertainty, and skepticism have opened new debates on the role of government in our society and communities. Increasingly, nonprofit and private entities are taking on responsibilities thought largely to be the purview of the public sector. Against this backdrop, the 23rd Annual Policy Analysis

Conference offers a fresh approach. Its plenary sessions will open the door to new visions and new pathways for Minnesota’s future. Innovations are emerging in all sectors—nonprofit, private, and public.

Conference participants will be challenged to think anew about the state’s future and how their work contributes to it, regardless of the sector they represent.

This year’s keynote presentation features Eric Jolly, President of the Science Museum of Minnesota, sharing his thoughts on the role of nongovernmental institutions in the development of public policy solutions. The second keynote session features a discussion by a panel of community leaders from the nonprofit, private, educational sectors on the future of Minnesota and the role of all sectors in bringing the State into that future.

In addition, concurrent sessions will feature topics such as long-term homelessness, renewable energy, development along the Hiawatha LRT, impacts of the aging population, and constitutionally dedicated funding.

This year’s conference features an evening reception hosted by the conference cosponsors. Participants are invited to network with peers, meet conference presenters, and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine.

The conference is sponsored by the Economic Resource Group (ERG), and the College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by the Citizens League; the Graduate School of Management, Hamline University, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. The registration fee is $125 (postmarked by October 3), $150 (postmarked after October 3). Full-time students may register for $25 with a current class enrollment statement. For further information, visit the conference Web site:; e-mail [email protected]; or telephone Paula Fenstad at 612-624-3708.