Agriculture & Rural Development

The Impact of Commodity Prices on the Farm Economy and a Farm Bill Outlook

Darryl Ray, Ph.D., Professor & Blasingame Chair of Excellence, Director of Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee

Pat Westhoff, Director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), Columbia, Missouri

Immigration Reform and Agriculture

Charles H. Kuck, Managing Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC–The Immigration Law Firm

Rural Food Deserts

Steph Larsen, Assistant Director of Organizing, Rural Organizing and Outreach Program, Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska

Animal ID Update

Economic Development, Transportation, Cultural Affairs

Promoting Rail Transit in America

Senator Jeff Mullis, Chair, Senate Transportation Committee, Georgia

Transportation Logistics: Critical for Economic Development

Delegate Joe T. May, Chair, House Transportation Committee, Virginia

Peter Hurme, Publisher and Senior Editor, Cargo Business News, Seattle, Washington

Attracting Foreign Direct Investment: Strategies from the German American Chamber of Commerce

Steven Markham, Vice Chairman, The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States (GACC South), Atlanta, Georgia

Leveraging the Arts and the Creative Economy as an Economic Development Tool

Susan Schadt, President & CEO, ArtsMemphis, Tennessee

Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld, Principal and Founder, Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., North Carolina


Michelle Rhee: Putting Students First

Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst, Washington, D.C.

School Choice: Policy Options and Recent Research

Margaret Raymond, Director, Center for Research on Educational Outcomes, Stanford University, California

Marissa Canatta, Associate Director, National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University

Energy & Environment

Nuclear Energy in a Post-Fukushima World

Victor McCree, Regional Administrator, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.

Rick Rogers, Vice President of Nuclear Engineering and Technical Services, Tennessee Valley Authority

Cheri Collins, General Manager for External Alliances, Southern Nuclear Company, Georgia

Alternative Energy from Waste Plastics

Dr. Marco J. Castaldi, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York

Renewable Energy in the South: Innovations in Production, Storage and Transportation

Representative Warren Chisum, Texas

Jimmy Glotfelty, Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Clean Line Energy Partners, Texas

Presentation of the Southern States Energy Board’s 2011 Legislative Digest  

Representative Rocky Adkins, Kentucky

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations

Poised to Take Off?  U.S. Economy in 2011 and Beyond

Tim Nicholls, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, International Paper, Memphis, Tennessee

Effective Debt Management Policies: Efforts in Tennessee

Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury, Nashville, Tennessee

Public Pension Challenges: Responses from Oklahoma

Representative Randy McDaniel, Oklahoma

Modifying Public Pensions: Legal and Other Challenges

Professor Amy B. Monahan, The University of Minnesota Law School

E-Commerce and State Finances: Latest Trends

Dr. William F. Fox, Director and Professor of Economics, Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

David W. Hoyle, Secretary, Department of Revenue, Raleigh, North Carolina

Comparative Data Reports Presentations

Education – West Virginia Legislative Staff

Medicaid – Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office

Revenue – Arkansas Bureau Of Legislative Research

Transportation – Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

Adult Corrections – Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office

Human Services & Public Safety

Juvenile Justice: Addressing Recidivism through Community Interventions

Gina M. Vincent, Co-Director of the National Youth Screening & Assessment Project, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Lee Rone, Chief Operating Officer, Youth Villages, Tennessee

State Health Insurance Exchange Programs

Anton J. Gunn, Region IV Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia

Prescription Drug Abuse and “Pill Mill” Regulation

John F. DeRosier, Calcasier Parish District Attorney, Louisiana

Richard McNelis, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Health, Florida

Healthcare Information Technology

Justin L. Neece, Chief Executive Officer, Shared Health, Tennessee

Facing Hunger in the South Panel Discussion

Moderator: Estella Mayhue-Greer, President and CEO, Mid-South Food Bank, Tennessee


Emily Engelhard, Director of Social Policy Research and Analysis, Feeding America, Illinois

Nicole Robinson, Vice President, Kraft Foods Foundation, Illinois

Tomme Beevas, Director of Community Involvement, Cargill, Minnesota

Julie Gehrki, Senior Director, Walmart Foundation, Arkansas

Gulf Coast & Atlantic States Regional Task Force

Weathering the Storm: Alabama Emergency Management Agency’s Best Practices

Art Faulkner, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

Economic Development Along the Region’s Waterways

Diana Threadgill, Executive Director, Mississippi River Corridor, Tennessee

Greg Maxted, P.E., Executive Director, Harahan Bridge Project, Tennessee

Opening Plenary 

David J. Bronczek, President and CEO, FedEx Express