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August 7-8, 2016
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Please join The Heartland Institute in Chicago, Illinois for our summer Emerging Issues Forum - at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.
The Emerging Issues Forum brings together elected officials, policy analysts, and government affairs professionals from across the country. You will hear from leading free-market experts as we explore innovative solutions to the top public policy issues that will face the states in 2016 and beyond.
Schedule of Events:
August 7, 2016
7:00 pm – 9 pm OPENING RECEPTION
August 8, 2016
8:00 am– 9:30 am REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST, AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER
9:30 am – 10:30 am HEALTH CARE PANEL
The panel will discuss how states can open up competition and reduce the costs of health care, even with the Affordable Care Act in place. Solutions we will discuss include using telemedicine, rolling back certificate of need laws, and embracing direct primary care. The panel will also address Medicaid expansion.
10:30 am – 11:30 am EDUCATION PANEL
Education outcomes in America continue to lag globally, the debate over Common Core State Standards remains heated, and educational choice options such as education savings accounts and charter schools continue to grow. This panel will analyze roadblocks to transforming education as we know it.
11:30 am – 11:45 am BREAK
11:45 am – 1:00 pm LUNCH AND WORKSHOP
Lunch will feature an exclusive workshop with a leading social media expert, who will offer tips and strategies for effectively communicating your policy message on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm BREAK
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT PANEL
America has become a leader in energy production despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to discourage the use of traditional energy sources such as coal, natural gas, and oil. This panel will discuss the rise of hydraulic fracturing, demise of renewable power mandates, and other pro-environment, pro-energy, and pro-jobs solutions.
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm BUDGET AND TAXES PANEL
States are seeking ways to create a better business climate to attract jobs and businesses to their states. Some states have been passing right-to-work laws, pushing tax reform, and reforming their public pension systems, while others have increased taxes and regulations. This panel will discuss which policies are working and which are not.
3:15 pm CLOSING REMARKS
3:30 pm ADJOURN