A Bond Summit: help for Government Agencies

At a time when recession-hit government agencies are checking in the back of sofas for loose change, along comes a conference that can be really useful in a hurry.

The  National Municipal Bond Summit in Miami, March 17-19 could be something of an oasis in this recession desert for your agency.  But hurry, early bird registration technically ends today.

This is how the summit describes itself in a few words:

The municipal bond market is staking a claim as one of the most resilient capital markets in the world: 2009 turned into the second-busiest year for new-issue long-term bond sales in history, as a combination of new investors, strong credits, solid underwriting standards and targeted Federal support allowed states and local governments to move beyond the credit crisis and raise more than $400 billion.

The National Municipal Bond Summit, on March 17-19, at the Doral Resort in Miami,    FL, will peel back the curtain and see how issuers and market professionals navigated past the crisis’ shoals … and look forward to examine how the market will build on its success in coming years.

I’m going. I think its one of those events that, even it doesn’t deliberately address something central to your office, will load you up with ideas and understanding to help you weather this current storm and plan ways out of it and into the new world that will follow it.

Transparency: The event is sponsored by The Bond Buyer newspaper. Better Roads and The Bond Buyer share the same ownership. So don’t just take my word for it. (I mean, this is held at the Doral Resort, home of the Blue Monster golf course famed on the PGA tour, but do I get a comped round of golf, noooooo)  Check out the website.