Public Administration Conferences in the Northeast

• Harvard 2018 Public Policy Leadership Conference
• 2018 NACo Legislative Conference
• APSA 114th Annual Meeting
• 20th Annual ICIPAP Conference
• 40th APPAM Fall Research Conference

Whether you’re a new MPA student or veteran Certified Public Manager (CPM), conferences about public administration can be the ticket to expanding your professional network.

Read: Top 30 Affordable Online MPA Degree Programs

For over a century, conferences have been held annually to provide an interactive platform for public officials and their staff to exchange ideas and contacts. The Northeast, the birthplace of U.S. democracy, is an admired setting for such public administration conferences. Though the Northeast has 55.94 million residents from Maine to Maryland, public administrators are facing high migration with 59 percent of counties reporting population loss from 2010 to 2014.

Get some cutting-edge strategies to serve and satisfy your constituents at these public administration conferences heading North for 2018.

1. Harvard 2018 Public Policy Leadership Conference: Cambridge, MA

February 8-11, 2018

In February, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government will host its 2018 Public Policy Leadership Conference in Cambridge for first- and second-year undergrads. Unlike most Northeastern public administration conferences, the four-day, free PLLC focuses on giving students life-changing skills for community development. Applications are due on November 8, 2017, for U.S. bachelor’s students who hold a minimum 3.0 GPA and résumé of civic participation activities.

2. 2018 NACo Legislative Conference: Washington, DC

March 3-7, 2018

Boasting past speakers like Hon. John McCain and Hon. Julián Castro, the National Association of Counties will present its 2018 Legislative Conference in March on Capitol Hill. For its 83rd year, the five-day blockbuster event will attract more than 2,000 elected or appointed county executives for sharing public administration tactics. The agenda will include the Annual Healthy Counties Forum, Rural Action Caucus, CIO Forum, NACo NextGen Reception, and more.

3. APSA 114th Annual Meeting: Boston, MA

August 30-September 2, 2018

Centered on the theme “Democracy and its Discontents,” the American Political Science Association will invite its over 12,000 members to the 114th Annual Meeting in August on Boston’s Freedom Trail. Offering the Early Bird rate of $240 until June, it’s another of the four-day conferences about public administration in today’s tough political climate. Planned by Drs. Henry Farrell and Anna Grzymala-Busse, the event will include the APSA Awards Ceremony, Exhibit Hall, and Presidential Address.

4. 20th Annual ICIPAP Conference: New York, NY

October 8-9, 2018

At Midtown Manhattan’s Hotel Pennsylvania, the 20th Annual International Conference on International Public Administration and Politics will kick off in October. Priced at 450 €, the two-day forum draws the world’s leading scholars for sharing research on topics like public budgeting, human rights, international law, homeland security, and economics. After the keynote talk by Dr. Dilip Palimkar, the conference will include 50+ presentations on blind peer-reviewed research papers.

5. 40th APPAM Fall Research Conference: Washington, DC

November 8-10, 2018

Headed by president Carolyn Heinrich, the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management will hold its 40th Annual Fall Research Conference in November at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. For the Early Bird member rate of $365, attendees can select from 300+ sessions in 15 public administration tracks, including Social Equity, Family and Child Policy, or Crime and Drugs. Government officials can also attend the PhD Program Fair, Caucus Breakfast, and Newcomer Meet Up.

Finding days on your 2018 calendar to attend public administration conferences is tough yet necessary. Conferences are a great way to build public partnerships, sharpen slack skills, access digital tools, hear top officials discuss current events, and chat with exhibitors. The benefits outweigh the costs of these five conferences about public administration in the Northeast in 2018.