Of the participants, 22 were senior managers from cities, three from counties and two from a council of government organization.
BES seeks participants from different levels of government and from different Western states in order to encourage discussion that focuses on broad professional and personal development topics rather than those of a more narrow concern, such as specific aspects of one state’s laws or concerns focused on one level of government.
Cal Communities continued as the major financial supporter, with Stone & Youngberg as a contributing private donor, and the Regional Government Services JPA providing major funding for scholarships. The program continues to look for other appropriate sources of funding.
Along with the City Managers' Department, governmental sponsors are the County Administrators Association, Cal-ICMA, MMASC, and MMANC.