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2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

November 15 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm



2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

‘Wisdom, Justice, Mobility’

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center

2450 Galleria Parkway; Atlanta, GA  30339

Time: 7:30-8 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Program

Lunch included

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(The entire event is open to the public, but registration is required.)


7:30-8:00  Continental Breakfast

8:00              Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation

8:05             Welcome
                     Geoff Duncan, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia (confirmed)

8:10             Introduction of Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Eric Wearne, Provost, Holy Spirit College (confirmed)

8:15-8:50 Breakfast Keynote

Starting Early

Katharine Stevens, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (confirmed)

Building the foundation for a thriving individual starts far earlier than most understand. Katharine Stevens lays out the science of early development and the critical role of early childhood in boosting mobility for a life of success and wellbeing and breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty in disadvantaged communities.

9:00-10:35 Session One: Expanding Horizons

How can Georgians best place themselves in the right place at the right time?  By being part of the skilled and accessible workforce that is key to attracting economic investment to Georgia. Expanding opportunities involves enhancing access to educational and job choices. A major component for Georgians is reasonable transportation options between jobs and homes. A toolkit that embraces innovation, both in technology and access, expands those horizons. What must Georgia do to take advantage of those opportunities?

Part 1: Education and Upward Mobility

  • Moderator: Michelle Wirth, Director of Communications, Georgia Charter Schools Association (confirmed)
  • Nick Buford, Legislative Liaison and Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor (confirmed)
  • Hannah Heck, Founding Board Member, Atlanta Westside Charter School (confirmed)
  • Speaker TBA

Part 2: Moving on Transportation Innovation

  • Moderator: Ed Crowell, CEO, Georgia Motor Trucking Association (confirmed)
  • Rep. Brett Harrell, Chairman, House Ways & Means Committee; Member, House Transportation Committee (confirmed)
  • Winter Horbal, Vice President, Georgia Intelligent Transportation Society (confirmed)
  • Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, SRTA Interim Executive Director of the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) (confirmed)

10:45–11:50 Session Two: Opening Doors

Regulations, ordinances, mandates and numerous archaic laws stand in the way of opportunity for Georgians. What needs to change? What needs to improve? What needs to go away? What is Georgia doing about it? National and state experts discuss the past and present and their optimism about the future.

Part 1: Georgia’s Regulatory Environment, An Overview

  • James Broughel, Mercatus Center, George Mason University (confirmed)

Part 2: Putting Georgians First (11:15-11:50)

  • Scott Hilton, Executive Director, Georgians First Commission (confirmed)
  • Cade Joiner, Co-Chairman, Georgians First Commission (confirmed)

11:50-12:00 Break

12:00 – 1:15 Buffet Luncheon

12:15 Introduction of Luncheon Keynote Speaker

12:20-1:10 Lunch Keynote

Putting Georgians First 

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia (invited)

1:30-2:30 Session Three: Healthcare Reform in Motion

Georgia has an unprecedented opportunity to take the lead on state-focused healthcare reform. The state is seeking waivers from the federal government and has a chance to demonstrate success with bold ideas using both innovative and proven tools to enhance access to quality, affordable care.

  • Moderator: Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
  • Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, physician, member, Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee (confirmed)
  • Speaker TBA
  • Speaker TBA

2:40-2:55 Closing Thoughts

Rep. David Ralston, Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives (confirmed)

Registration: Regular rate is $100. Early Bird registration is $75 until September 20.

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Sponsorship: Contact Kennedy Atkins at 404-256-4050/Kennedy@georgiapolicy.org for sponsorship opportunities.
Speakers, pictures and video from previous Georgia Legislative Policy Forums 2018|2017| 2015201420132012 | 2011 | 2010



November 15
7:30 am - 3:00 pm


Georgia Public Policy Foundation


Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339 United States
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I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

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