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2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

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A Series of Weekly Webinars Beginning July 15, 2020

Location: ZOOM

Time: 11 AM -12:15 PM

Registration links for each session below.

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


AGENDA

July 15: Opening Keynote

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15           U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

An Education Conversation with Betsy DeVos 

Betsy DeVos, the 11th  U.S. Secretary of Education, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2017, after being nominated by President Trump.

Secretary DeVos has been involved in education policy for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a quality education. For 15 years, DeVos served as an in-school mentor for at-risk children in the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public Schools. A leader in the movement to empower parents, DeVos has worked to support the creation of new educational choices for students in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

DeVos firmly believes that neither the ZIP code in which a child lives nor a child’s household income should be the principal determinant of his or her opportunity to receive a world-class education. As secretary, she advocates for returning control of education to states and localities, giving parents greater power to choose the educational settings that are best for their children, and ensuring that higher education puts students on the path to successful careers. Read more here.


July 21: Session One

EDUCATION

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15           Opportunities for Education Adaptation

Opportunities for Education Adaptation

Few crises in recent memory have affected the education landscape like the novel coronavirus pandemic. As Georgia shut schools, many families felt helpless as they dealt with uncertainty and inconsistencies in the interim approach. While public K-12 schools will continue to as the education home for most Georgia students, a smorgasbord of alternatives is  growing increasingly attractive to families.

Moderator: Eric Wearne, Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University; Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation; author, “Little Platoons: Defining Hybrid Home Schools in America,” (upcoming).
Panelist TBA
Angela Lasseter, Head of School, Georgia Cyber Academy
Ana Martin, ‘The Libertarian Homeschooler’
Kelly Smith, Founder of Prenda, a microschool network


July 28: Session Two

BUDGET

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15           Budget Calisthenics

Budget Calisthenics  

As the state deals with the long-term fallout from COVID-19 and the changing revenue projections, how does Georgia adapt? What are the highs and lows and lessons to learn in shaping new budget expectations and outcomes? What can the state expect from the federal government and what can locals expect from the state?

Moderator: Chris Denson, Director of Policy and Research, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Panelist TBA
Amy Cooke,  CEO,  John Locke Foundation; Publisher, Carolina Journal.
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia, 14th Congressional District (Invited)
Ben Scafidi, Professor, Kennesaw State University; Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation


August 4: Session Three

LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15         The Changing Views of Land Use and Transportation

The Changing Views of Land Use and Transportation

Even before the pandemic, transportation and land use agencies were faced with adapting long-held views and policies that collided with the opportunities provided by rapidly evolving technology. The sea change of COVID-19 responses reinforced the need to reassess options even more urgently. What does that mean for Georgia, long known as “the poster child for sprawl”?

Moderator: Ashley Jenkins, Legislative Affairs Director, Georgia ACEC
Adam Hengels, Founder, Center for Market Urbanism
TBA
Joel Kotkin, Fellow in urban studies at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.; Executive Editor, newgeography.com
Jannine Miller, Policy Advisor to Gov. Brian Kemp, nominated as Director of Planning for Georgia DOT (invited)


August 11: Session Four

THE ECONOMY

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15         The Economy: Effects and Expectations

Has the pandemic created a hurdle or an opportunity in the economy? Is it a V-Recovery, a U-Recovery or an ongoing recession? Why are we here? How do we get out? When do we get out? What needs to change and what has Georgia done right? A panel discussion on the state of the nation and the future of the state’s economy.

Moderator: Gerard Robinson, Adjunct Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Rep. Casey Carpenter (R-Dalton), small business owner
Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation
Andy Puzder, former CEO of Hardee’s, co-author, “Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It.”


August 18: Session Five

HOUSING

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15         Affordable Housing or Housing Affordability?

Affordable Housing or Housing Affordability?

When housing advocates ask about affordable housing, they often look to government for the answer. And government is usually happy to step up. But is a government response the best solution, or are there better options? Is there an opportunity to adapt the approach to alternatives that reduce the role of government and engage the private sector? Think tank and private-sector  experts discuss the approaches that can enhance access to housing for Georgians.

Moderator: TBA
Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain), Sponsor of legislation on aesthetic design ordinances
Emily Hamilton, Research Fellow and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Michael Hendrix, Director of State and Local Policy at the Manhattan Institute
Eric Hoplin, Head of External Relations for Wells Fargo & Co.


August 25: Session Six

HEALTHCARE

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15         Healthcare: The Diagnosis, The Prognosis

Healthcare: The Diagnosis, The Prognosis

Healthcare, naturally, was front and center during the pandemic. The deregulation and technology adopted then will continue to shape healthcare in the future. But what still needs to be done? And how might the pandemic and responses to it affect the national healthcare debate going forward?

Moderator: Marie Fishpaw, Director of Domestic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation
Panelist TBA
Marilyn Bartlett, Senior Policy Fellow, National Academy for State Health Policy
Brian Blase, president, Blase Policy Strategies; former Special Assistant to the President at the National Economic Council; former Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Avik Roy, Columnist; President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

 


Closing Keynote TBA

11:00            Welcome and Overview
                      Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

11:05 -12:15           TBA

 

REGISTER FOR ALL EIGHT SESSIONS HERE

Sponsorship: Contact Kennedy Atkins at 404-256-4050/Kennedy@georgiapolicy.org for sponsorship opportunities.

 

Details

Date:
July 15
Time:
11:00 am - 12:15 pm