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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Devolved Government: ReImagining Public Policy Partnerships

January 25, 2010
12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar we will examine a new public-private partnership, Michigan Saves, that has been created to promote energy conservation in Michigan and help reduce the state's energy footprint. We will explore how and why this new public policy initiative was established and examine the thinking behind the launching of this ambitious effort outside of state government. What are the implications or possible advantages of this adopting this approach to restructuring other areas of public service? Is this example of devolved government a model of policy development and implementation for the future?

Resource Person:

Mr. Jeff Williams (EPFP 1997-98)
Vice President for Technology & Public Policy
Public Sector Consultants
600 W. Saint Joseph St. Suite 10
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 484-4954

Jeff Williams is senior vice president for technology and public policy at Public Sector Consultants. He advises the firm's clients on technology issues and supervises the firm's internal and external information services and staff. Mr.Williams also conducts research and analysis on health policy and education issues and supervises PSCs public opinion and stakeholder survey research. He has been with the firm since 1991, serving first as an administrative assistant for survey research, then technology consultant, and then senior consultant. Prior to joining PSC, Mr. Williams was a program officer at the Midwestern Higher Education Commission. While at the commission, he provided staff support to the Telecommunications Committee and assisted with management of a nine-state, $18-million distance learning/interactive video equipment purchase program. He also provided staff support to the commission's Risk Management and Academic Course Scheduling Committees. Mr. Williams completed an undergraduate degree with honors in international relations from Michigan State University. He holds a master's degree in technology and public affairs from the University of Minnesota and is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Resource:

http://www.michigansaves.org/
Michigan Public Service Commission Press Release

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