Economic Development, Transportation, Cultural Affairs

Take it to The Bank: Leveraging Infrastructure Banks for Strategic Investments

David Cassell, Strategic Programs Administrator, Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank

Qingbin Cui, Ph.D., Director, Build America Center, MD


“F” is for Future: Where do States go after “Failing: the Nation’s Report Card?

Karen Anderson, Ph.D., Director, Office of Mathematics Improvement, State Department of Education, AL

Melanie Barton, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Education Advisor, Office of the Governor, SC

Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D., HQ Chief Academic Officer, U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, VA

Energy & Environment

Electric Vehicles: A New Hope or All Hype?

Commissioner Tim Echols, Public Service Commission, GA

Deputy Secretary Ashely Teasdel, Department of Commerce, SC

Victoria Hirschberg, Assistant VP for Research, Outreach & Economic Development, University of Tennessee System, TN

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations

Sunset of Stay (Keep Em’ Regulated?): Examples of Regulatory and Oversight Reforms in the South

Erick Fajardo, Review Director, Sunset Advisory Commission, TX

Human Services & Public Safety

It Takes A Village: Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Reform

Carol Self, Director of Public Policy, Casey Family Programs, TX

Government Staff Tracks

Supreme Court Update

Lisa Soronen, Chief Executive Officer, VA

Democracy in Action: The Value and Challenges of Nonpartisan Work in a Partisan World

Othni Lathram, Director, Legislative Services Agency, AL

The Art of the Bill- Workshopping Summaries and Effective Communication Strategies

Kirk Fulford, Legislative Fiscal Officer, Legislative Services Agency, AL & Tara Boockholdt, Senior Budget and Policy Analyst, House Budget and Research Office, GA

Following the Yellow Brick Road: A Multigenerational Panel on Legislative Careers Past, Present, and Future

Nancy Colter, Human Resources Consultant and Trainer, GA, Sheila Mason, Legislative Record Compiler, KY, Jordan Harvey, Chief of Staff and Deputy Treasurer, OK & Chad Bobo, Constituent Services and Member Relations Associate, TN

Mind the Media

Seth Pendleton, Founding Partner, KNP Communications

State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) Award Finalists & Winner

Wellness Incentive Program: Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, LA

Develop Carolina: Build Carolina, SC

Voice Verification Biometric Unit: Department of Corrections, VA (***WINNER***)