SPN Annual Meeting- 2014 has ended

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Sponsored Session [clear filter]
Wednesday, September 24

4:00pm PDT

Blocking EPA's Power Grab: What can state's do to assert their authority, avoid skyrocketing electricity prices, stem job loss and preserve grid reliability?
EPA proposes new carbon regulation for existing power plants despite evidence that it will have dramatic cost implications, imperil jobs and likely result in electric reliability issues in states throughout  the country.  Twelve states are already fighting against the regulation but the question remains what else can states do to protect their citizens and businesses from more, unlawful regulatory burdens.


Amy Oliver Cooke

Independence Institute


Patrick Gleason

Americans for Tax Reform

Brandi R. Meek

Colorado GOP Executive Committee

William Yeatman

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Governors Square 15

4:00pm PDT

The Right State Tax Incentives: Taxing Weed Not Jobs
While Washington remains in gridlock, the states are paving the way to prosperity with tax reform.  This multi-state panel debates the best ways to support your state in creating the right tax incentives.


Travis H Brown

Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States

avatar for Rick Akin

Rick Akin

Vice Chairman, The Steamboat Institute
I am the Vice Chairman of The Steamboat Institute, where our Freedom Conference is the only conservative public policy conference to feature a gondola ride and a live rock band. I am also the President of The Akin Law Firm where we represents clients around the world in connection... Read More →

Paul Guppy

Washington Policy Center

Bob McClure

James Madison Institute

Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Plaza Ballroom A

4:00pm PDT

Unlocking Domestic Energy Production with Free-Market Conservation Policies for Endangered Species
Hosted by the R Street Institute
America’s domestic energy renaissance is bringing new jobs and economic growth to the nation’s heartland, but inflexible approaches to wildlife conservation and habitat protection under the Endangered Species Act are potentially erecting new hurdles to domestic energy production. States and the private sector are pioneering new approaches to species protection that could break the logjam. Join the Conservation Leadership Council and the R Street Institute to learn about free-market policies and local initiatives that promise to overcome regulatory hurdles and keep our domestic energy production on track—while delivering the conservation benefits that America's wildlife and landscapes deserve.


Spencer Kimball

Western Energy Alliance

Gale Norton

Former United States Secretary of the Interior

Brian Seasholes

Director, Endangered Species Project, Reason Foundation

John Swartout

Rural Policy and Outreach Director, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper

Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Governors Square 14
Thursday, September 25

8:00am PDT

Marijuana Policy: Follow the Money
Sponsored by the Reason Foundation
What are the costs and benefits of marijuana legalization and decriminalization? According to some estimates, marijuana prohibition costs the U.S. government $20 billion per year. Who are the financial beneficiaries of the drug war, and who stands to gain from legalization or decriminalization? Hear from local experts what has been learned from the experiment in Colorado to date.​


Harris Kenny

Aleph Objects


Sam Kamin

University of Denver

Jordan Wellington

Vicente Sederberg

Thursday September 25, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Plaza Ballroom A

9:00am PDT

Creating a Culture of Innovation
Hosted by Voter Gravity
This panel will share best practices with regards to creating a culture of innovation and leading positive change, with a discussion focused how you can innovate with regards to messaging, policy advancement, and fundraising utilizing the power of data analytics and technology.


Debbie Brown

Colorado Women's Alliance

Michele Weslander Quaid

Voter Gravity board member and Google

Ned Ryun

American Majority

Thursday September 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Governors Square 16

3:30pm PDT

Energy Regulations and Policy: How you can get involved
A series of recently released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations coupled with state policies like net metering will be transforming the way electricity transmitted, distributed and generated in the United States. The session will touch upon some of the more significant EPA regulations affecting the electric power industry and highlight distributed generation policies at the state level. Panelists will discuss the impact of these policies and regulations and inform attendees on how they can get engaged and active in their respective states.


Nick Dranias

Goldwater Institute
avatar for Travis Fisher

Travis Fisher

Economist, Institute for Energy Research
Come find me if you want to talk about electricity, the rugby world cup, or bourbon!

Cameron Smith

Liberty Foundation

Thursday September 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Governors Square 14

3:30pm PDT

GONS: Broadband Battles in Your State
Creating government-owned broadband networks (GONs) can seem like an appealing option for local and state municipalities to increase greater access and speed to the internet in their areas. However, the U.S. Broadband Market is robust in terms of speed, affordability, and choice for internet users. With these traits, the market is well-positioned to continue to improve in response to evolving consumer demand.  Learn more about GONs and why it's important for government to leave the internet to the marketplace and what you can do in your state.


Charles M. Davidson

New York Law School

Thursday September 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Governors Square 17