NEW YORK — Don’t miss out: The Bond Buyer will be hosting an upcoming conference of great interest to individuals and companies working with U.S. municipalities, including municipal water/wastewater and sanitation systems.

The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Distress, Recovery & Financial Sustainability Symposium will take place next week in Baltimore, Md. Hosted at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, the Symposium is scheduled for May 1-2nd.

As the U.S. economy continues to recover from a global economic downtown, the road map for fiscal recovery is becoming clearer. Cities, towns and local governments, “can’t go out of business” — and public-sector managers and their financial stakeholders are coming to terms with the multiple implications.

The upcoming Bond Buyer’s Municipal Distress, Recover, & Financial Sustainability Symposium will seek to help policy makers and market participants manage the sources of financial distress, employ methods to circumvent distress, identify the proven turnaround strategies that fit for turning them around, develop successful investor relations programs and gain practical, peer-level advice on the best tactics for implementing sustainable recovery plans that impact all government services including infrastructure services like water/wastewater and sanitation services.

The agenda of the Symposium includes a keynote address from the Treasurer of the State of Maryland, from the Mayor of Baltimore and from the Executive Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. There will also be opening remarks provided by a managing director of the PFM Group and by a partner of Ballard Spahr.

It is useful to note that various panel discussions of the Symposium will focus on topics such as: Sustainability; implementation; best practices; and reports from the front.

One panel session will address the state of the municipal bond market. Another session will address the current state of the city of Detroit which is operating under bankruptcy protection.

An additional conference session will examine alternative budgeting approaches for municipalities/cities. One of the afternoon sessions on the opening day of the Symposium will highlight the various reforms that are now working around the country.

On the second day of the Symposium, a panel will discuss the various tools for achieving sustainability. And, there will be a panel that will review the evolving role of hedge funds investing in municipalities.  

It is critical that individuals working with municipal water systems attend this Symposium given the impact that municipal economic stress can have in the delivery of appropriate infrastructure services like water/wastewater and sanitation. A big question — do the various forms of PPP contracts, including water/wastewater and sanitation contracts, become tools for achieving long term municipal economic sustainability?

It is anticipated that over 250 leading municipal finance professionals will attend the upcoming Symposium — do not miss out.

Visit http://www.bondbuyer.com/conferences/distressed-municipalities/ to learn more about the upcoming Symposium and to register. See you in Baltimore!