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Spring Meeting '09 Summaries



Paving the Future: State Transportation Spending

1:30-3 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 12

2009 was supposed to be the year of transportation. The stimulus bill injected much needed capital into transportation infrastructure projects identified by states as “shovel-ready.” That was supposed to be followed by new long-term legislation to authorize federal transportation programs, which would provide another historic cash infusion to shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. This session will include an update on where things stand with the reauthorization of federal transportation programs and how state policymakers may be impacted. That will be followed by a conversation with some of the individuals overseeing implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in their states.They come from diverse backgrounds and different areas of state government and together provide a snapshot of how well the expediting of transportation and infrastructure projects has gone and where the greatest successes have come so far on the road to recovery.




Beth Blauer

Maryland StateStat Office director
Beth Blauer,  director of Maryland’s StateStat Office, oversees the day-to-day operations of the office, runs the weekly StateStat meetings, and reports to the governor and his senior staff on the progress state agencies are making toward their goals. In addition, StateStat has most recently been charged with tracking and reporting stimulus money the state receives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Blauer joined StateStat after five years at Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services, where she last served as the department’s chief of staff.



fitchOrville Brewster “Bud” Fitch II

New Hampshire deputy attorney general and Office of Economic Stimulus director
Bud Fitch was appointed director of the Office of Economic Stimulus by Gov. John H. Lynch Jan. 30 when the governor established the office by executive order.  In that role, he leads New Hampshire’s efforts to implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He also continues to serve as New Hampshire’s deputy attorney general, the second in command at the attorney general’s office, a post he was appointed to in 2006. 
Fitch received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Minnesota—Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.  He had previously worked in law enforcement and served as police chief in Sunapee, N.H.



mowerMike Mower

Utah state planning coordinator and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Lead
Utah State Planning Coordinator Mike Mower serves as a senior policy adviser to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and coordinates state planning and public lands initiatives. He also serves as Utah’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act lead. He previously served as  deputy chief of staff and communications director for Gov. Jon Huntsman. 
Mower is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah College of Law.  He also attended Utah Valley University, where he later served as a member of the board of trustees.  He is a former aide to Provo Mayor Lewis Billings, Utah Gov.Mike Leavitt and Congressmen Howard Nielson and Chris Cannon.