May 10, 2017
State Treasurers and Public Finance Experts Aim To Improve Financial Literacy Nationwide
MINNEAPOLIS— On the heels of April’s Financial Literacy Month, more than a dozen state treasurers from across the country have arrived in Minneapolis to discuss rising college costs and public financing issues during the National Association of State Treasurers’ (NAST) 2017 Treasury Management Symposium.
The four-day event represents the largest annual gathering of state treasurers and public officials in the country, and will help set the stage for 529 Day on May 29th, a designation intended to raise awareness around the benefits of 529 College Savings Plans.
Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller, President of NAST, said, “I am proud to welcome hundreds of financial experts, elected officials and treasury professionals to Minneapolis, where we will have the unique opportunity to reach across state lines to discuss some of the most pressing economic issues facing our constituencies.
“State treasurers have a critical role to play in safeguarding public funds and promoting overall prosperity. With this year’s symposium falling just after April’s Financial Literacy Month, I specifically look forward to exchanging information regarding programs and policies being implemented to lift the standard of financial literacy and raise awareness around financial tools such as 529 college savings plans.”
Held from May 9-12th at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, the symposium gives attendees the opportunity to collaborate and determine strategies that improve financial literacy standards, enhance college savings plans and increase public finance programs for infrastructure projects.
“We have a responsibility to help prepare the next generation to make educated, well-informed financial decisions,” continued Oklahoma State Treasurer Miller. “This year’s symposium will give us the opportunity to renew our effort to support financial wellbeing and strengthen the nation’s economy. I look forward to further discussing these issues with my colleagues during the week ahead.”
The multi-track conference includes a variety of sessions that explore ways to improve personal finance, such as “Financial Education, College Savings Accounts and the Wage Gap,” and ways to advance government efficiency, such as “Innovation in Government Payments.” A complete conference agenda can be downloaded here.
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