NCSL Legislative Summit
July 22-26, 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana

Labor and Economic Development
Preliminary Agenda

(as of July 2, 2008)

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

7:00 am-5:00 pm


3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Hilton Riverside:
Gradne Ballroom A--Street Level

Business Incentives:  Attracting Arts and Entertainment Industries

States offer incentives to the arts, sports and entertainment industries as a means of revitalizing arts districts, enhancing the cultural climate and promoting tourism. In return, these industries create jobs, attract new businesses and bring in tax revenue. This session examines state tax policies on arts, sports and entertainment.

Representative Phillip Frye, North Carolina
Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Jay Dick
Americans for the Arts
Washington, D.C.

Gaye Hamilton
Cultural Economy Program Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of Cultural Development
Adobe PDF Gaye Hamilton's Presentation

Sherri McConnell
Office of Entertainment Industry Development
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Hilton Riverside:
Grande Ballroom A--Street Level

Business Incentives: Courting Foreign Manufacturers

Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays a major role in the U.S. economy, both as a key driver of the economy and an important source of innovation, exports and jobs.  The U.S. Commerce Department's "Invest in America" program helps encourage foreign investment, but most promotion efforts and all incentives decisions lie with state policymakers.  This session will explore FDI promotion and several case studies on related state incentive programs.

Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Aaron Brickman
Director, Invest in America
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.
Adobe PDF Aaron Brickman's Presentation

Paul Piquado
Executive Director
Office of Trade Policy for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Toyota Motor Company (Invited)

5:45 pm-6:45 pm
Hilton Riverside:
Jefferson Ballroom--Third Level

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is comprised of the overall standing committee officers and the legislator chair and staff chair, or their designee, of each standing committee. Members will review the committees' plans for the Annual Meeting, preview any policies anticipated for debate, and make determinations regarding joint and re-referral of the policy resolutions if necessary.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

7:00 am-5:00 pm


7:30 am-8:30 am
Convention Center: R06--Second Level

NCSL/Annie E. Casey Breakfast: The High Cost of Being Poor

Joint with Human Services and Welfare Committee

Low-income families must pay more of their income for everyday goods and services than other households. Examine solutions that help communities and working families get ahead.

Matt Fellowes, Director, Safe Banking Opportunities Project
Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, D.C.

8:30 am-9:00 am
Convention Center: R06--Second Level

Joint Policy Session: Maintaining the Solvency of Social Security & Protecting the Integrity of Social Security Numbers

Joint with Human Services and Welfare Committee

The Human Services and Welfare Committee and the Labor and Economic Development Committee will consider two expiring joint policies, Maintaining the Solvency of Social Security and Protecting the Integrity of Social Security Numbers.

Representative Phillip Frye, North Carolina
Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Representative Pete Hershberger, Arizona
Chair, NCSL Human Services and Welfare Committee

9:00 am-10:00 am
Convention Center: 218-219--Second Level

World Trade Organizations Negotiations

Hope is fading for completing the World Trade Organization's Doha Round negotiations before the end of the Bush Administration. And the expiration of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority may complicate matters. Review these issues in light of NCSL's expiring policies.

Representative Julie Fisher, Utah
Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Tom Fine
Director of Services Negotiations, USTR
Washington, D.C.
Adobe PDF Tom Fine's Presentation

Peter Riggs
Director, Forum on Democracy and Trade
New York

Wal Mart (invited)
Adobe PDF PDF Version

10:15 am-11:45 am
Convention Center: La Louisiane Ballroom--First Level

Opening General Session: Energy, Economic and Environmental Sustainability

Rising energy prices, rolling brown-outs and U.S. dependency on foreign fuel have brought our vulnerable energy supply to the forefront of state policymakers' agendas. How can the U.S. maintain the delicate balance between energy, economic and environmental sustainability? Hear Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Marvin Odom, president of Shell Oil, discuss possible solutions.

Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund

Marvin Odom, President, Shell Oil

12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Convention Center: 218-219 Second Level

Committee Lunch: Perspectives on Housing

Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors, National Multi Housing Council, and Americans for the Arts

Policymakers are recognizing that adequate and affordable housing can take many forms, including apartments, condominiums, cooperatives, single-family homes and manufactured housing. Come hear about programs and initiatives from representatives of different areas of the housing industry.

Gilbert Loredo, Texas
Staff Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Frank Vaccarella
Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Ken Jackson
RE/MAX Professionals (representing the National Association of Realtors)
South Carolina

Brooke Ransom
Director of Industry Relations
National Association of Home Builders
Washington, D.C.
Adobe PDF Brooke Ransom's Presentation

Meghan Sullivan
Director of State Government
Mortgage Bankers Association
Online Resources:
Home Loan Learning Center:

2:15 pm-3:30 pm
Convention Center: 218-219 Second Level

The Economic Impact of Public Pensions

The stability of state pension funds has recently come into question.  Their viability is important to retirees and also has an enormous impact on state economies.  Examine the impact of public pensions, with a national perspective and examples from the states.

Representative Steve Conway, Washington
Immediate Past Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Beth Almeida
Executive Director
National Institute on Retirement Security
Washington, D.C.

Patricia Macht
Assistant Executive Director
California Public Employees' Retirement System
Sacramento, California
Adobe PDF Patricia Macht's Presentation

Pat Robertson
Executive Director
Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi

3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Convention Center: 218-219 Second Level

Labor and Economic Development Committee Business Meeting

Members of the committee will discuss and act on committee business, including a review of policies scheduled to expire, as well as any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration.
(Click here to view a list of policies set to expire in August 2008.)

Representative Phillip Frye, North Carolina
Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

5:15 pm-6:15 pm
Convention Center: 229-230
Second Level

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will review policies reported from the standing committees and determine the calendar for Friday’s business meeting.

6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Louisiana Superdome

Opening Night Event: Louisiana Jamboree Social Event 

Jamboree Join us for a unforgettable family-friendly event at the Louisiana Superdome. Enjoy the food, music and entertainment that makes New Orleans internationally famous. French Quarter Jazz, Riverboat Ragtime, Rhythm and Blues, New Orleans Funk and Mardi Gras merriment are all part of the celebration. Pete Fountain, Dukes of Dixieland and Ellis Marsalis will rock your soul with electrifying performances and tributes to some of the city's greatest musical legends: Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino. A special kids zone will include karaoke, rock climbing, and arts and crafts. A fantastic festival of magical music and food ... all under one big top on one big night ... an “only in New Orleans” experience.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

6:30 am-8:00 am



7:00 am-5:00 pm

4th Annual Bipartisan Bike Ride

Bikes, helmets and riding advice will be provided by Bike Texas.  So hop on, see the Big Easy, and get some exercise all in one fell swoop.  Registration, on a first-come, first-served basis is required.  Contact Douglas Shinkle at for more information.


7:30 am-9:00 am
Convention Center Hall: B2-1--First Level

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-9:45 am
Convention Center: 229-230
Second Level

The World and the U.S. Economies: No Country Is an Island

Joint with Budgets and Revenue Committee

The world economy has never been so tightly coupled by trade and financial flows. If you've wondered about how it all works (or doesn't), here's your opportunity to talk with a top economist about the U.S. role in world markets. Bring your questions and comments to this fascinating discussion.

David Wyss, Chief Economist
Standard and Poors
Adobe PDF David Wyss' Presentation

10:00 am-11:30 am

Issue Forums/Concurrent Sessions:

  • Economic Thunderstorms: Will they Drench State Budgets?
    Convention Center: 229-230--Second Level
    The nation’s mortgage crisis has rocked the economy and spawned talk of a national recession.  Economist David Wyss of Standard and Poor’s will put the economic picture – and what it means for the states – in focus.
    Adobe PDF
     David Wyss' Presentation
  • Watching the Retirement Dollars
    Convention Center: 210--Second Level
    State retirement funds range from billions to hundreds of billions of dollars that, in most states, legislators are not well-equipped to monitor.  Hear how state pension commissions and state pension studies strengthen legislators’ abilities to meet the responsibility of oversight.

    Andrea Wilko
    Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

    Patricia Bishop
    Principal Legislative Analyst
    JLARC, Virginia

    Aristotle Hutras
    Director, Ohio Retirement Study Council
    Columbus, Ohio

    Matthew Smith
    Office of the State Actuary
    Olympia, Washington
    Adobe PDF Matthew Smith's Presentation

11:30 am-1:30 pm
Convention Center Hall: B2-1, Second Level

Exhibit Hall Lunch

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Issue Forums/Concurrent Sessions

  • Building a Workforce for the Future: The State Role
    Convention Center: 203-205--Second Level
    Developing a vital workforce requires big picture thinking and coordinating stakeholders in education, economic development, fiscal, workforce, commerce and human resources.  Identify the legislative actions required to build a workforce to compete in the global economy.

    Representative Steve Conway, Washington
    Immediate Past Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

    Roberts Jones
    Education Workforce Policy LLC
    Alexandria, Virginia
    Adobe PDF Roberts Jones' Presentation

    George Scott
    Director, Education, Workforce and Income Security Issues
    Government Accountability Office
    Washington, D.C.
    Adobe PDF George Scott's Presentation

    Mike Petters
    President, Shipbuilding Division
    Northrop Grumman
    Newport News, Virginia
    Adobe PDF Mike Petters' Presentation
  • Mortgage Boom and Bust
    Convention Center: 210--Second Level
    With foreclosures climbing and housing markets cooling, homeowners and communities face financial challenges.  Borrowers face the loss of their homes and credit problems, lenders face lost revenue, and regulators face questions about their role in failing to protect consumers.  Hear how policymakers and industry can work together to address mortgage lending issues.

    Joe Falk
    National Association of Mortgage Brokers, Florida

    Chris Kukla
    Center for Responsible Lending, North Carolina

    Steve O'Connor
    Mortgage Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.

    Marietta Rodriguez
    NeighborWorks America, Washington, D.C.

    Frank Vaccarella
    HUD, Washington, D.C.

2:45 pm-4:00 pm
Convention Center: La Louisiane Ballroom--First Level

General Session: A Conversation on Solving America's Challenges

Speakers will discuss what is needed to move America beyond gridlock to solving our biggest issues, including health care, education and the environment, with innovation and originality.

Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, District of Columbia

Lee Hamilton, 9/11 Commission, District of Columbia

4:15 pm-5:45 pm

States’ Night

Friday, July 25, 2008

6:30 am-8:00 am

7:00 am-9:00 am
Convention Center Hall: B2-1--First level

Walk for Wellness
The Walk for Wellness is dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects heart disease, diabetes and obesity have on our nation while drawing special attention to the health disparities that exist in minority and underserved communities. The 5K fun run/walk is open to all Legislative Summit attendees. Meet at the World Trade Center, just steps from the Convention Center, for kick-off activities, and follow a route along the Mighty Mississippi.

Networking Roundtables: Continental Breakfast
Meet with your colleagues from across the country while enjoying some fresh Southern pastries and refreshments.  Exchange your ideas, experiences and insights as well as your business cards!

7:30 am-9:00 am


8:00 am-9:30 am

Issue Forums/Concurrent Sessions

  • Health Care Reform: An Economic Imperative?
    Convention Center: R04-R05, Second Level
    Most Americans receive health care coverage through their employer.  But businesses are increasingly concerned about whether they can continue providing it to their existing workforce and retirees.  In our global economy, health care costs have a huge impact on the economic competitiveness of businesses.  How are they responding to the challenge?

    Representative James Johnson, Delaware
    Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

    Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development
    Washington, D.C.

    Len Nichols
    Center for Studying Helath System Change
    Washington, D.C.

    Andrew Webber
    National Business Coalition on Health
    Washington, D.C.
  • Budgets on the Brink: Plotting a Course in Turbulent Times
    Convention Center: R02, Second Level
    State finances are deteriorating, in some cases significantly. Anemic revenue collections have generated growing budget gaps, causing lawmakers to spring into action to close them. Explore recent state strategies to manage budget shortfalls and what's on the horizon if budget problems persist.

    Representative Mark L. Maddox , Tennessee Legislature

    Representative Maxine Bell , Idaho Legislature, Idaho

    Senator R. Edward Houck , State Senate, Virginia

    Representative Ray Sansom , Florida Legislature, Florida
    Adobe PDF Representative Sansom's Presentation

9:45 am-11:45 am
Convention Center: La Louisiane Ballroom--First Level

General Session: The Changing Face of America and NCSL Business Meeting

James Johnson, a noted demographer, will demonstrate how our changing racial and ethnic population will transform the nation and create a new demand for a diverse workforce in our social, economic and political institutions.

Dr. James Johnson, Director,
Urban Investment Strategies Center, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina



12:00 pm-1:45 pm

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Annual Luncheon (Hilton Riverside: Napoleon Ballroom--Third Level)

Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Annual Luncheon (Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center: Blaine Kern Ballroom)

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Issue Forums/Concurrent Sessions

  • Employment Law 101
    Hilton Riverside: Grand Salon Sections 3,6,9--Street Level
    State legislatures have been slow to respond to rapidly changing employment law, sometimes to their detriment. Protect your employees and your legislature by attending this discussion of trends, warnings, key requirements and awareness training with one of the nation's foremost authorities on employment law.
  • Strengthening Military-Community Partnerships
    Hilton Riverside: Jasperwood--Third Level
    Military installations are partners with their communities, providing boosts to local economies while strengthening national security. But as communities grow and bases realign, development pressures and demands for services can inhibit military training and the ability of local governments to pay for new roads, housing and schools. Explore how legislatures can help both sides work together.

6:00 pm-10:00 pm
World War II Museum and Contemporary Arts Center

This Land is Your Land Social Event
This Land is Your Land Rejoice in the spirit of our country as New Orleans opens the doors to the only museum in the nation dedicated to World War II. Music of the era will sweep you back to a time when brave men and women shipped out to defend international freedom. Hear oral histories of those who united to protect life, liberty and our pursuit of happiness. Just steps away at the Contemporary Arts Center, enjoy an exhibition of art, photography and essays of students that display the beauty and majesty of our disappearing wetlands. High energy Cajun Zydeco music will wash over you like the waves of the Gulf of Mexico, where barrier islands, misty marshes, and mysterious swamps form the first line of defense for coastal Louisiana. Bring the kids--there will be fun, food, music and activities to delight all ages.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

8:30 am-10:30 am
Convention Center: La Louisiane Ballroom--First Level

General Session Breakfast: Election 2008

Two of the nation's premier pollsters and political analysts from opposite sides of the aisle—Kellyanne Conway and Celinda Lake—will provide a perspective on what the 2008 election means for policy now and in the new year.

Kellyanne Conway, President & CEO, The Polling Company, Inc., Washington, District of Columbia

Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners, Washington, District of Columbia

10:30 am-4:00 pm

Post Conference/ Special Activities

 Chair:  Representative Phillip Frye, North Carolina
 Staff Chair:  Gilbert Loredo, Texas
 Vice Chairs:  Senator Rosa Franklin, Washington
   Senator Bill Heath, Georgia 
   Senator Gary LeBeau, Connecticut
   Representative Julie Fisher, Utah
   Representative James Johnson, Delaware
   Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
 Staff Vice Chairs:  Jill Fike, Georgia 
   Jeanne Schmedlen, Pennsylvania
   Andrea Wilko, Utah
 Immediate Past Chair:  Representative Steve Conway, Washington
 Immediate Past Staff Chair  Nelson Fox, Ohio

Meeting Information

Four ways to register

  • Online
  • Fax: 303-364-7811
  • Mail: NCSL Registration
    7700 East First Place
    Denver, CO 80230
  • Onsite

Committee Staff Contacts