Opening Plenary

Challenges for the Economy and State Governments

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

Introduction by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

Agriculture and Rural Development Committee

State Actions on Animal Welfare

Bob Tabb, Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture, West Virginia

Carolyn Orr, Ph.D., State Ag and Rural Leaders, Indiana

Rural messaging—Framing the Rural Story

Dee Davis, President, Center for Rural Strategies, Kentucky

Larry Lee, Director, Center for Rural Alabama

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee

Promoting the Creative Economy

Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D., President, Georgia Southern University

Measures to Enhance the State Business Climate

Adam Bruns, Managing Editor - Site Selection Magazine, Georgia

Funding Transportation in Fiscally Tough Times

Gene Conti, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Larry L. "Butch" Brown Sr., American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO); President and Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Transportation

Alternate Fuel Technologies and Economic Development

Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, Ph. D., Executive Director, South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance

Port of Charleston

Jim Newsome, President & CEO, SC State Ports Authority

Education Committee

Reforming Student Assessments

Louis M. (Lou) Fabrizio, Ph.D., Director of Accountability Policy & Communications, Division of Accountability Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Margaret Horn, Director, State Leadership and Policy Development, Achieve, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Alignment and persistence: Getting Students into (and out of) College

Terri Ward, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Educational Policy Research, Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
College of Education, University of Oregon

Vasti Torres, Ph.D. Director, Project on Academic Success, University of Indiana Center for Postsecondary Research

Energy & Environment Committee

Water Management in Southern States

Jess D. Weaver, Regional Executive, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia

Katie Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Representative Jeffrey Arnold, Louisiana

Nuclear Power and Its Role In American Energy Security

Senator Paul Campbell, South Carolina

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee

How Should the United States Prepare for the Global Economic Challenges of the 21st Century?

Bruce Yandle, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus, College of Business & Behavioral Sciences, Clemson University; Former Member and Chair, South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors

South Carolina’s Economic Challenges

William C. Gillespie, Ph. D., Chief Economist, South Carolina

Economic Incentives and State Tax Systems

Dr. Douglas P. Woodward, Director, Division of Research and Professor of Economics at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Ensuring Efficiencies in State and Local Government Sales Tax Collections

Sonny Brasfield, Executive Director, Association of County Commissions of Alabama

Pete Yonce, Director of Business Development, Revenue Discovery Services (RDS), Birmingham, Alabama

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) Presentation Luncheon

Matthew LaBruyere, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Office, Louisiana

Human Services & Public Safety Committee


Edwin Mansoori, President/CEO, Palatine Technology Group, Georgia

Special Report: State Legislature Takes Leading Role In Combating Obesity Epidemic

Representative Steven Holland, Mississippi

Federal Healthcare Reform and Its Implications for Southern States

Joanne Grossi, Director, Region 3, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Pennsylvania

Peter S. Hussey, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation, Washington, D.C.

The Resurgence of Crystal Methamphetamine in the South

Rick Stallings, Director of Operations Division, Arkansas Crime Information Center

Dave Finley, President and CEO, LeadsOnlabs