Managers in both the public and nonprofit sectors are facing a more connected, fast-changing and complex environment. To discuss the issues of such an environment, local, national, and international

scholars, students, and practitioners gathered at UCF on April 7, 2017, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of managing in a networked world. Presentations covered the latest research on inter-local and inter-organizational collaboration in a wide range of public management and policy domains.

The conference featured a morning panel on the issue of trust in collaboration and was reinforced by a lunch panel on the city of Orlando’s response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy. The keynote speech, “The Inspiration and Trust Environment,” was delivered by Rich Diviney, a career Navy Seal who is now the director of outreach at the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute. He punctuated his delivery with unique personal anecdotes. Two keynote respondents, city managers Norton Bonaparte, Jr. and Pamela Brangaccio, discussed the importance of trust in government operations and interactions with citizens.

At the lunch panel, the city of Orlando response team, led by Chief Administrative Officer Byron Brooks, delivered a joint presentation on collaborative efforts in response to the Pulse Night Club tragedy, including the actions of those working in the emergency operations center, the city’s communication strategy, and support for victims and their families.

The research conference also included four graduate student poster presentations, and a best poster award sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration’s Central Florida Chapter. Due to generous conference sponsorships, the CPNM was able to award 41 registration scholarships to student presenters and attendees.

“The Public Administration Research Conference was an excellent opportunity to see the work of, and hear from, both professionals in and students passionate about the field of Public Administration,” said emergency management student Taylor Haywood. “I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the many avenues of research being conducted and am grateful to have had the opportunity to network with numerous professionals.”

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