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Public Sector Leaders Join State & Municipal Finance Conference

October 27, 2011

New York — As states approach budget season amid challenges
such as lower property and sales tax revenue and high
unemployment, Bloomberg LINK will gather state and municipal
leaders and some of the biggest managers of municipal bonds for
the Bloomberg State & Municipal Finance 2011 Conference.

Speakers at the Conference, to be held on Wednesday, November 2nd
at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in New York City,
will look at the most pertinent issues for public sector leaders
as budget priorities unfold, debate the outlook for the
municipal bond market and pension reform in the wake of the S&P
downgrade, and explore where states can find the revenue to
bridge the billion dollar gaps in next year’s fiscal budgets.

“Municipal governments are sure to see dramatically reduced
levels of state funding this year,” said Robert Bierman, head of
Bloomberg LINK. “This conference will look at how this shortfall
can be filled in the current economic environment, and what the
market climate will mean for investors.”

Participants will also address President Barack Obama’s proposed
limits on tax breaks for muni bond investors, how public-private
partnerships can create new revenue for cities, how budget
battles might play out in the election year ahead, and break
down what happened to the prediction that 2011 would bring about
hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of municipal bond

Key speakers include:

-Janet Cowell, Treasurer, State of North Carolina

-Andy Dillon, Treasurer, State of Michigan

-William C. Fallon, Chief Executive Officer, National Public
Finance Guarantee Corporation

-Chipman Flowers, Jr., Treasurer, State of Delaware

-George Friedlander, Managing Director and Senior Municipal
Strategist, Citigroup Inc.

-Ronald C. Green, Controller, City of Houston, Texas

-Peter J. Hayes, Managing Director and Head of Municipal Bonds
Group, BlackRock Inc.

-Lynnette Kelly Hotchkiss, Executive Director, Municipal
Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB)

-Mark D. Kvamme, Interim CIO and President, JobsOhio; Special
Limited Partner, Sequoia Capital

-Patrick McCoy, Director of Finance, Metropolitan Transportation
Authority (MTA)

-Kent Morris, Chief Investment Officer, Office of the City
Treasurer, City of San Diego, California

-Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff, Treasurer, State of New Jersey

-Linda D. Thompson, Mayor, The City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

In addition, Bloomberg will unveil three new tools to help
states evaluate their economic health — and that of other

-The Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of the States (BEES) is a
quarterly index of state economic health. Using a set of six
variables — tax collections, personal income, employment, home
prices, mortgage delinquencies and local company stock
performance — the index will provide an effective tool for
state officials and investors to make historical and predictive

-The State Stock Index will allow users to gauge the performance
of equities based in a state; and

-PlacePoint, by Bloomberg Government, will reveal economic and
demographic similarities among locations such as states or
Congressional districts — helping users find political or
business partners that would be likely to support their

“BEES, PlacePoint and the stock index are terrific tools for
policy-makers, investors and anyone interested in state and
local issues to examine places in a real-time, side-by-side
format,” said Susan Goldberg, Bloomberg News Executive Editor
for State and Local Government.

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