9:00 AM ET Thursday, October 3, 2019 (6 hours)
XBRL US Meeting hosted by Northern Illinois Universityhosted by Truth in Accountinghosted by Workiva || Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus, 1120 E. Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL || Register for Free Event

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Join this full-day forum on how data standardization is changing the face of municipal financial reporting.

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. This forum will feature speakers from the Bond Buyer, the Illinois Office of the Controller (IOC), Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies, Truth In Accounting, Will County, and more.

This event is free to attend but requires advance registration. Seating is limited.

Preliminary Agenda
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: Illinois Office of the Comptroller (IOC)

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