NEW YORK — The $3.7 trillion municipal securities market is poised for its fourth straight year of gains – the best winning streak since 2007 – as the effects of the U.S. recession on state and local government finances recede. With this in mind, Bloomberg will convene public sector policy makers, labor leaders, pension fund managers, institutional investors and issuers for the Bloomberg State & Municipal Finance Conference on Wednesday, October 3 in New York City.

Throughout the full-day Conference at Lighthouse International, experts, including Virginia Treasurer Manju Ganeriwala, Kansas City Mayor Sylvester James, Jr., former Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and U.S. Government Accountability Office Chief Economist Susan Offutt, will debate current issues central to state and municipal finance and evaluate opportunities for investors and participants in the municipal bond market.

Among other topics, speakers will discuss recent recommendations by the Securities and Exchange Commission for improving the structure of the municipal securities market; the impact of municipal bankruptcies; new opportunities for revenue through private and public partnerships; and what lies ahead in the fourth quarter. Additionally, state treasurers, local government officials and economic experts will discuss the state of the market and opportunities in places such as Delaware, Illinois, Kansas City and Virginia.

“As the political season heats up, state and municipal finance issues continue to be top-of-mind as Americans are deciding who they want as representation on the local, state and federal levels,” said Robert Bierman, head of Bloomberg LINK. “During this Conference, attendees will hear from a range of experts on the most important issues facing state and municipal governments and leave with insight into opportunities upon which they can act.”

Key speakers include:

-Raj Agrawal, Member & Head of Infrastructure, KKR

-David Crane, Lecturer, Public Policy, Stanford University; Former Special Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger for Jobs and Economic Growth

-David P. Cummins, Managing Director, Parking and Justice Solutions, Xerox

-Chipman “Chip” Flowers, Jr., Treasurer, State of Delaware

-Laurence L. Gottlieb, Chairman and CEO, Fundamental Advisors, LP

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

-John W. Hawie, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment & Risk Officer, Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation

-Juan Carlos Batlle Hernaiz, President, Puerto Rican Government Development Bank

-David R. Kotok, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors

-Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

-John E. Nixon, Director, State Budget Office and Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State of Michigan

-James Reynolds, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Loop Capital Markets

-Miguel A. Santana, City Administrative Officer, City of Los Angeles, CA

-Susan K. Urahn, Managing Director, Pew Center on the States

This Conference is sponsored by National Public Finance Guarantee, DIVER by Lumesis and Trident Municipal Research.

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