Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Address Foundation Conference

Mike Klein, GPPF Forum Editor

Texas Governor Rick Perry will address the Georgia Public Policy Foundation legislative conference this Friday morning at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.  GPPF invited the governor several weeks before his presidential campaign announcement.

Registration remains open for “Wisdom, Justice and Innovation,” an all-day discussion focused on solutions to Georgia challenges.  Click here for additional information.  The entire conference including Governor Perry’s address is open to the public but pre-registration no later than Wednesday is required.  Media that would like to attend Gov. Perry’s address should contact Public Policy Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd at .   All conference panels are open to media coverage.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Perry’s address to the Policy Foundation conference is expected to focus on the twin roles that tax reform and tort reform play in creating and sustaining economic growth.  The two-year-old GPPF event is modeled on a similar conference hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Last year’s GPPF conference included a focus on Texas corrections system reforms.


Other Conference Keynote Speakers:

Bernie Marcus

Bernie Marcus is co-founder of The Home Depot.  Along with his wife Billi, Marcus funded development and construction of the Georgia Aquarium which is one of the world’s leading aquarium research facilities.  The Marcus Institute in Atlanta provides comprehensive services to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.  The Marcus Foundation also funded a state-of-the-art bio-terrorism unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Marcus will discuss “How to Make Georgia a Leader in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.”

John Goodman

John Goodman is founder and president of the National Center for Policy Analysis. Goodman and NCPA are credited with creation of the Health Saving Account idea now used by some 16 million Americans. Goodman’s address, “Free Our Health Care Now,” is expected to build on ideas he published soon after President Barack Obama issued a challenge to U.S. House Republicans:  “If you have a better idea, show it to me.”  Goodman responded with a 10-point proposal in a Wall Street Journal commentary that was republished on the NCPA site.


Michael Horn

Michael Horn is co-founder and executive director of education at the Innosight Institute in Mountain View, California, south of San Francisco.  Clayton M. Christensen, Horn and Curtis W. Johnson are co-authors of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.”  Christensen, Horn and Jason Hwang co-founded the Innosight Institute four years ago to focus on health care and education policy research and writing.  Horn will discuss “The Promise of Online Learning.”

Lee Hicks

Lee Hicks is founder and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based C PORT Solutions which specializes in high end communications and video conference products for several industries including health care.  Clients include the Walt Disney Company, Proctor and Gamble, Toyota, Boeing, IBM, AT&T, Medtronic and Med Assets.  This year  Atlanta – based consumer giant Newell Rubbermaid and C PORT announced their partnership in a new health care division.  Hicks will discuss “Keeping Innovative Startup Companies and Jobs in Georgia.”

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