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Education Legislative Briefing, Part I

3-6 p.m. Nov. 30

 
Barbara Chow
Education Program Director, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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What's Next for Health Exchanges?

10:30 a.m.-Noon Dec. 1

 

 


Paula Flowers, Health Consultant and former Tennessee Insurance Commissioner
Oak Ridge, Tenn. National Laboratory
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Brett Graham, Partner
Leavitt Partners
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Balancing Costs, Benefits of Medicaid Programs

2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1

 
Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH
Arkansas Surgeon General and Director, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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April Alexander, Regional Director of State Affairs
Molina Healthcare

 

 

 


 

Transportation Bill Doesn't Look Far Down the Road

2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1

 

 
Richard Baker, Assistant Research Scientist/Associate Transportation Researcher
Texas A&M University's Texas Transportation Institute
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James Bass, Chief Financial Officer
Texas Department of Transportation
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Brian Pallasch, Manging Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives
American Society of Civil Engineers
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Future Energy Challenges and Private Sector Sustainability

8-10 a.m. Dec. 2

 


Fred Bedore, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Sustainability
Walmart Stores, Inc.
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Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, Senior Counsel
Crowell & Moring, LLP
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Colin Meehan, Clean Energy Analyst
Environmental Defense Fund
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Teri Shanahan, Vice President of Sustainability
International Paper
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Need More Jobs? Create a More Educated Workforce

8-10 a.m. Dec. 2

 

Michael Baumgartner
Vice President for Finance and Special Projects, Complete College America
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State Emergency Communications

8-10 a.m. Dec. 2

 

 


Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler
Kansas
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Chris Essid
Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Brigadier General John Heltzel
Director, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and Deputy Commander, Kentucky National Guard
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John Madden
Director, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Managment and President, National Emergency Management Association
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State Experiences with Justice Reinvestment

10:30 a.m.-Noon Dec. 2

 


Hon. Steven S. Alm
Judge, Hawaii First Circuit
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Adam Gelb
Director, Public Safety Performance Project, Pew Center on the States
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Mike Thompson
Director, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
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Secretary John Wetzel
Secretary, Pennsyvlania Department of Corrections
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International Committee Workshop

11 a.m.-Noon Dec. 2

 


Ambassador Gary Doer
Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America
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Gov. Luis Fortuño
Puerto Rico
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Wade Merritt, Vice President
Maine International Trade Center
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Transmission Line Siting Compact

2:30-4 p.m. Dec. 2

 


North Dakota Rep. Kim Koppelman, Co-Chair
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Kansas Rep. Tom Sloan, Co-Chair
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Washington Rep. Jeff Morris
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Bill Smith
Executive Director of the Organization of MISO States
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The Fiscal Cliff and the States

2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Barry Anderson, Deputy Executive Director
National Governors Association
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Diabetes: Finding Solutions for the States

8-11 a.m. Dec. 3

 

 


Katherine Blair
Health Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, Research & Legislative Affairs, Colorado Governor's Office
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John Griffin Jr.
Managing Partner, Marek, Griffin & Knaupp
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Nicole Johnson
Executive Director, Bringing Science Home, University of South Florida
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Marti Macchi
Senior Consultant for Diabetes, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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