Select Presentations From 2013 Spring Forum in Denver, Colo. | May 2-4, 2013

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2013 Spring ForumPlenary: America's Changing Demographics

James Johnson Jr. is a business professor at the University of North Carolina who says demographic changes—particularly labor shortages and health care needs as baby boomers retire—are going to transform America’s economy and the workforce.

Read James Johnson Jr.'s presentation.


Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

James Johnson Jr. discussed how changing demographics and immigration affect states, job creation and business development that depend on foreign workers.

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Watch an interview with James Johnson, Jr.

Plenary: The Natural Gas Bonanza

The combined use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has unlocked a bounty of natural gas, often in regions that may not be accustomed to oil and gas extraction. This rapid expansion has heightened concern over how to protect water quality and the environment while extracting these newly accessible resources. This session explores the domestic natural gas picture and the issues states are confronting as they work to protect water resources and ensure safe, responsible natural gas development. Speakers will also discuss the outlook for natural gas development and state legislative efforts.


  • Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
  • Tisha Conoly Schuller, president & CEO, Colorado Oil & Gas Association: "Colorado's Energy Conversation" Read Tisha Conoly Schuller's presentation.
  • Dan Grossman, Environmental Defense Fund Inc., Colorado (Read Dan Grossman's presentation)
  • Scott Moore, Anadarko Petroleum Company, Colorado

Plenary: Federal Deficit Reduction

Economist Alison Felix, assistant vice president and Denver Branch executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, shared her perspective on the impact of the continued federal budget crisis—the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and the continuing budget resolution—on states and the nation.  Corina Eckl and Michael Bird led a discussion on state budgets and the fiscal uncertainty that exists as a result of sequestration.