Frequently Asked Questions about EIF

When and where is the meeting?
Summer meeting: August 7-8, 2016 in Chicago, IL at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Winter meeting: December 15-17, 2016 in Orlando, FL at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Hotel

Who attends the Emerging Issues Forums?
State legislators, legislative staff, government officials, business representatives, policy experts, and others interested in learning more about free-market solutions public policy.

How much does the event cost?
Admission is $100 for the general public (invite only), and free for legislators, staff, and government officials.

Are there travel scholarships available?
Yes, but only members of Heartland’s Legislative Forum are guaranteed them. There is a chance we may have some left over before the event. You can join the Legislative Forum for $99 for two years and $179 for a lifetime so it pays for itself!

How much are the travel scholarships available?
They are up to $350 towards your travel expenses including gas or mileage, parking, airfare, cabs, and public transportation. It does not cover internet or meals.

Is there accommodation available?
The Heartland Institute has a block of rooms reserved already at the Renaissance so you don’t need to book anything other than your travel.

Can spouses attend?
Yes. Please include them on your registration if want to attend any of the meals or panels.

What will be covered at the event?
The event will cover innovative solutions to the top public policy issues that will face the states in 2017 and beyond in the areas of health care, fiscal policy, energy and environment, and education. We will also feature social media and communications training to help you become an even more effective lawmaker.

Is parking included?
No. Parking on-site is $69 daily and off-site parking is $41 daily. For more information please see

Who should I contact about an idea for an issue to cover or a speaker?
Chicago: Contact MaryAnn McCabe about possibly incorporating your suggestion into a panel at 312/377-4000 or

Orlando: Contact Logan Pike about possibly incorporating your suggestion into a panel at 312/377-4000 or

When should I arrive and leave?
The host hotel is 45 minutes from both Midway and O’Hare airports by train or cab. The Chicago event kicks off with an opening reception on Sunday, August 7 at 8 pm and the event will conclude promptly at 3:30 pm on Monday, August 8.

The Orlando event kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, December 15 at 8 pm. The event will conclude promptly at 11:30 am on Friday, December 17.