Agriculture & Rural Development

Water Management and Agriculture

Richard McNider, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Atmospheric and Mathematical Sciences, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Mark Masters, Ph.D., Executive Manager, ACF Stakeholders, Inc., Georgia

New Options for Rural Housing

Marion McElroy, 20K Manager, Auburn University Rural Studio, New York

Farm Bill Update

Nathan Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Economist, University of Georgia

The New Extension Service

Jimmy Henning, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Extension and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky

Economic Development, Transportation, Cultural Affairs

Ensuing Economic Growth: Investing in Infrastructure

Henry Henderson, Municipal Bond Credit Analyst, Public Finance Infrastructure Group, Standard & Poor’s, Massachusetts

Innovative Funding and Financing Tools for Transportation

Joung H. Lee, Associate Director for Finance and Business Development and Deputy Director AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Washington, D.C.

Moving the Global Supply Chain Along: What Should States Do and What Are They Doing?

Joe B. Hanna, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Regions Bank Professor of Supply Chain Management, Auburn University, Alabama

Jimmy Lyons, CEO, Alabama State Port Authority

Arts and Culture: Catalyst for Economic Growth

Albert B. Head, Executive Director, Alabama State Council on the Arts


Preparing A 21st Century Workforce: Alabama’s Workforce Development Strategy

Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce

Mark Heinrich, Ph.D., Chancellor, Alabama Community College System

Jim Bolte, President of Toyota Motors and Manufacturing, Alabama

School Climate and Safety

Kerri Williamson, Training Director, National Association of School Resource Officers, Alabama

Kristen Varjas, Ph.D., Director, Center for Research on School Safety, School Climate, and Classroom Management, Georgia State University

The Third Grade Reading Hurdle

Laurie Lee, Reading Specialist, Just Read, Florida!

Cari Miller, Policy Advisor for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Florida

Judy Stone, Alabama Reading Initiative Coordinator, Alabama State Department of Education

Remaking Remediation

Bruce Vandal, Complete College America, Washington, D.C.

The Teaching Profession in Transition

Sandi Jacobs, Vice President and Managing Director, State Policy, National Council on Teacher Quality, Washington, D.C.

Tom Carroll, Ph.D., National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, Washington, D.C

Energy & Environment

Innovations in Fossil Fuel Electricity Production

Paul Franklin, Vice President of Generating Assets, Southwestern Electric Power Company, Arkansas

EPA Regulation of Green House Gas Emissions

Howard J. Feldman, Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.

Carol Kemker, Acting Director, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Georgia

NASA DEVELOP National Program

Jamie Favors, Deputy National Lead, NASA DEVELOP National Program

Southern States Energy Board’s 2013 Legislative Digest

Representative Rocky Adkins, Kentucky, Vice Chair, SSEB

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations

Preparing A 21st Century Workforce: Alabama’s Workforce Development Strategy

Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce

Mark Heinrich, Ph.D., Chancellor, Alabama Community College System

Jim Bolte, President of Toyota Motors and Manufacturing, Alabama

Tax Credits, Incentives and Exemptions: What Works and What Does Not?

Dan White, Senior Economist, Moody’s Analytics, Pennsylvania

Josh Goodman, Senior Researcher, Pew Center on the States, Washington, D.C.

Public Pensions: Solutions from the SLC

Senator Arthur Orr, Alabama

Comparative Data Report Presentations

Education: Hank Hagar, West Virginia Senate Staff

Medicaid: Shawn Hotstream, Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office

Revenue: Andrea Barksdale, Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research

Transportation: John Snyder, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

Adult Corrections: Stephanie Blanchard, Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office

Human Services & Public Safety

Juvenile Justice Reform

Kirsten Widner, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Barton Child Law & Policy Center, Emory University, Georgia

Sonja Hallum, Senior Associate, State Policy, Pew Charitable Trusts

Expansion of Medicaid: Next Steps

Speaker Davy Carter, Arkansas

Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors, Washington, D.C.

Legislative Service Agency Directors Group

Briefing from the State and Local Legal Center

Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

Briefing from the DC Office of The Council of State Governments

Chris Whatley, DC Office Director, The Council of State Governments

The Evolving Role of Staffing Services in State Government

Dr. Peverill Squire, Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions, University of Missouri

Marcia Goff, Research Director, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Demographic Changes in State Legislatures

Audrey Salgado, Chair, The 2014 Project, Alabama

State Transformation In Action Recognition (STAR) Program

Mississippi’s eGovernment Oversight Committee

Renee Murray, Procurement Consulting Team Leader, Department of Information Technology Services

Kentucky’s Vet Connect (WINNER)

Representative Tanya Pullin

Tara Boh Klute, General Manager, Administrative Office of the Courts, Pretrial Services

Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

Cheryl Jackson, Executive Director, Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

Rusty Nix, Tour Manager, Civil War 150 HistoryMobile

Georgia Parole Voice Recognition Supervision

Christopher Barnett, Regional Director, State Board of Pardons & Paroles

Matt Ahlert, Vice President, Agency Services, AnyTrax

Alabama’s Right Sizing of Youth Services

J. Walter Wood Jr., Executive Director, Alabama Department of Youth Services

Allen L. Peaton, Deputy Director for Administration, Alabama Department of Youth Services

Virginia Step Down Program, Administrative Segregation (WINNER)

Israel Hamilton, EBP Institutional Manager, Department of Corrections

Rick White, Statewide EBP Manager, Department of Corrections