9:00 AM ET Thursday, October 3, 2019 (6 hours)
XBRL US Meeting || Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus, 1120 E. Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL || Watch the replay

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Listen and watch the replay from this full-day forum on data standardization in municipal financial reporting. Access the slides:

Hear public sector and financial data standards experts discuss how standardizing reported data can improve the efficiency of disclosures by U.S. state and local governments.

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration
9:30 – 10:00 AM Welcome and Introductions


Hudson Hollister, Founder and Principal, HData

Marc Joffe, Senior Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation

Shannon Sohl, Ph.D., CPA, Senior Research Associate at Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies

10:00 – 10:30 AM Local Government Fiscal Distress Update

Speaker: Jim Spiotto, Managing Director of Chapman Strategic Advisors LLC 

10:30 – 11:00 AM Monitoring the Finances of Local Governments. The good. The bad. Our future.

Speaker: Rosanna Barbaro-Flores, Illinois Office of the Comptroller (IOC) – Director, Local Government Division

11:00 – 11:15 AM Break
11:15 – Noon Data Driven Solutions for Transforming Illinois’ Costly Structure of Government 


Dr. Norman Walzer, PhD (Economics), Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies

Adam Slade, Associate, Effective Government, Metropolitan Planning Council

Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 PM How Transparency Can Further Reduce Risk in the Municipal Market

Speaker: Cate Long, Founder, Puerto Rico Clearinghouse

1:30 – 2:15 PM Muni Data, the Cost of Capital and Market Access


John Hallacy, Contributing Editor, The Bond Buyer

Triet Nguyen, Managing Partner, Axios Advisors LLC

Moderated by Liz Sweeney, Principal, Nutshell Associates, LLC

2:15 – 2:45 PM Transitioning to Digital County CAFRs

Speaker: Duffy Blackburn, Auditor, Will County

2:45 – 3:15 PM The Trials and Tribulations of Collecting Government Data

Speaker: Sheila Weinberg, Founder and CEO, Truth In Accounting

3:15 – 3:30 PM Closing Remarks

Speaker: Hudson Hollister, HData