The 25th SPN Annual Meeting August 29-September 1, 2017 San Antonio, Texas

August 29-September 1, 2017 • San Antonio, Texas

The 25th SPN Annual Meeting

Registration and hotel reservations are now open. 

State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting is the leading conference in the freedom movement aimed at advancing state reforms that promote personal freedom, innovation, opportunity, and a more peaceful society in which all Americans can flourish.

We’re the family reunion of the freedom movement. SPN’s Annual Meeting has grown from 19 pioneers, who attended our first meeting in Colorado Springs in 1992, to more than 1,300 who joined us last year in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s where think tank leaders, network partners, and supporters gather to strategize, network, share ideas, learn new skills, and be inspired.

 

This is also the premier opportunity to highlight and amplify successes across our network and bring much-deserved recognition to the individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing freedom in the states.

The 2017 Annual Meeting marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of State Policy Network. During those 25 years, SPN has worked alongside hundreds of talented allies in all 50 states to build a formidable and durable infrastructure to advance freedom.

Why? Because just as American freedom began in the states, we believe it will be restored from the states, as thousands of everyday Americans stand up for the principles of justice and freedom that sparked the great American experiment in liberty.

Now more than ever, we see freedom’s promise crushed by big government and the powerful elites who run it. Our network was Built for Such a Time as This.

Together we built this network to:

  • Return power from big government back to the people, empowering common-sense state and local solutions that serve the forgotten American worker rather than DC-focused special interests;
  • Defend our constitutional rights to support the ideas and groups we believe in without fear of intimidation or harassment;
  • Incubate and accelerate state solutions that have national impact; and
  • Connect freedom champions across all 50 states to collaborate on ideas, solutions, and strategies that promote a stronger economy and a freer society.

Why should you go to the SPN Annual Meeting?

SPN’s Annual Meeting is the gathering place for people who are serious about winning the battle of ideas for this generation and the generations to come. You’ll have access to the wisdom of more than 1,000 people: policy and professional specialists from 325+ organizations, top-notch speakers, and many industry experts, too. You can also build or join smaller groups of like-minded freedom-lovers to refine your strategies, increase knowledge, and recharge your battery.

Last, but certainly not least, we celebrate victories a have a little fun! Annual Meeting is the place to be for happy warriors determined to advance freedom in the states.

Plenaries and programs are designed around the theme Built for Such a Time as This. In our 25th year, we will honor those who have helped us get here as a Network, and we’ll focus on the enormous challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

See you in San Antonio on August 29-September 1!

Mark Your Calendar

SPN’s 26th Annual Meeting is in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 9-11, 2018.

Please note: This is a private event governed by rules available here. SPN reserves the right to refuse registration and entrance.

Registration & Attendance

Review Policy
The SPN Annual Meeting is a privately held event and acceptance of registration is pending verification of eligibility. This review policy ensures registrants have selected the most appropriate ticket option. All registrations will receive notification of registration status within three (3) business days. Payment will not be processed until registration is accepted.

Registration Confirmation
After the review window, accepted registrants will receive an email with a confirmation number.

Refunds & Cancellations

Affiliates

Affiliate registrations are eligible for full refunds or transfers to members within the same organization until August 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm EST.

Associates

Associate registrations are eligible for a full refund less a $75.00 cancellation fee until August 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm EST. No refunds will be fulfilled after this deadline. Refunds will only be issued to the original registrant or credit card holder. Associate registrations may be transferred to individuals in the same organization as the original registrant.

General Attendees

Refunds will be issued until August 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm EST, less a $75.00 cancellation fee. General attendee registrations are not eligible for transfer.

Terms and Conditions of Attendance at SPN’s Annual Meeting

Your attendance at SPN’s Annual Meeting indicates your agreement to the following terms and conditions. All event attendees must register in advance of admission. A valid photo ID may be required for registration and admission.

Decorum
This event is held for the benefit of our think tank affiliates and associates in the state-based policy community. Anyone who attempts to attend this event without properly registering will be removed. SPN further reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to physically remove from the premises any person, regardless of registration status, who in our judgment threatens to disrupt, inhibit, or undermine the quality of this event or the activities of our guests. This policy also applies to anyone who is responsible for bringing another person to the event. “Premises” shall be defined by SPN in consultation with venue management and local law enforcement.

Additional conditions of attendee conduct may apply pursuant to SPN’s agreement with the owner of the event venue as well as local law enforcement. Any person who is removed may be subject to arrest or detention by law enforcement for violation of this policy or the codes of the jurisdiction of the event. Nothing in this policy is designed to infringe speech or conduct on public property.

By registering for or attending this event, you agree that State Policy Network as well as its partners, affiliates, associates, contractors, and vendors assumes no liability for injury, damage or loss which may be related in any way to traveling to, attending, or traveling from this event, or with implementation of this policy.

Recording
State Policy Network prohibits all unauthorized audio or video recording, image capture, or any form of transcription and transmission of event presentations and activities, including but not limited to statements by presenters, materials displayed or offered during presentations, and comments by event attendees captured without their express consent. SPN further reserves the right at its sole discretion to authorize select audio or video recording and/or transmission of the event, as well as the taking of photographs during the event. Anyone so authorized agrees to use any and all such recordings or images only with SPN’s written consent, and agrees further to make them available without charge to SPN for its unrestricted use. SPN will have anyone conducting unauthorized recording or photography removed from this event, and may pursue at its discretion all available criminal and civil remedies.

Packages
All packages, bags, and other containers are subject to search, and may be required to be stored during the event.

Hotel

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
23808 Resort Parkway
San Antonio, Texas 78261

Reserve your room.

Reservations & Rates

State Policy Network Annual Meeting holds the entire room block for the entire JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Since we expect to fill the entire hotel with Annual Meeting attendees, hotel registrations will only be honored for Annual Meeting registrants.

If you are not registered for Annual Meeting, you run the risk of your hotel reservation being cancelled, so please register for Annual Meeting when you book your hotel room. If you are booking an additional room to accommodate family, please note that in your Annual Meeting registration.

SPN’s Annual Meeting has a group rate of $189/night plus a reduced resort fee of $15. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 1-877-622-3140. 

Reserve your room.


Room Options

Guest rooms feature one king-sized bed or two double beds. Each room includes a mini refrigerator.

Suites are available for families. If interested, please contact Sharon Milhollin.

Suites are also available to sponsors. Contact Spencer Hughes if you plan to sponsor and are interested in suite accommodations.


A Family-Friendly Resort

The JW Marriott offers several fun options for spouses and kids while Annual Meeting attendees are attending sessions or networking. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the resort’s 1,100-foot lazy river and water slides. The resort also features a children’s pool and play area. Lifeguards are stationed at all pools.

The JW Marriott offers a Range Riders Kid’s Club (ages 4-12), which gives parents an onsite option for full and half-day childcare while attending sessions. See a 2016 example of the JW Marriott’s Summer Experience Schedule for kids. To make reservations, contact the JW Marriott Concierge at 210-276-2500.


Resort Perks

Included with discounted resort fee:

  • 2 signature welcome drinks per stay at Crooked Branch
  • Access to River Bluff Water Experience
  • Complimentary golf bag storage
  • High speed internet access
  • Unlimited local and long-distance calls
  • Access to Lantana Spa Fitness Center and fitness classes
  • 15% discount at Replenish Spa Bistro
  • 10% discount at Range Riders Girls & Boys Club
  • Basketball and tennis court access with complimentary racquet

Dining

The resort has several restaurants onsite, as well as a Starbucks coffee shop to keep you energized for learning and networking throughout the day.

See a list of the resort’s dining options here.


Recreation

Annual Meeting attendees will not be bored at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Here are a few activities that attendees can enjoy during their stay:

  • Lantana Spa (appointment required)
  • River Bluff Experience (lazy river, slide, and pool)
  • Children’s outdoor pool and play area
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Fitness Center
  • Walking and running trails (longer trails, shorter trails)
  • Nature preserve trail

Parking

If you are driving to Annual Meeting or renting a car, the resort offers complimentary onsite self-parking. Valet parking is $33/day.


Find Your Way Around

Property Map
Walking Map

Travel

Getting to San Antonio

The closest airport is San Antonio International Airport. Flights to San Antonio, including many non-stops, are available from several major airlines, including Delta, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, American, and United.

Directions from Downtown/Airport

  • Take Highway 281 North
  • Turn Right at TPC Parkway (2 miles North of Loop 1604)
  • Go straight through the light at Bulverde Road (approximately 3 miles)
  • You will be entering Cibolo Canyons Development
  • Turn Left on Marriott Parkway (approximately 1 mile)

Estimated driving time is 30-35 minutes.


Transportation

Supershuttle
Departs every 15 minutes from the San Antonio airport.
$19/person one-way or $34/person round-trip.
Book online.

Taxi Service
$37 from airport to JW Marriot.
More information.

Uber or Lyft
Passenger pick-up is curbside at Terminal B
$20-$26 for UberX
$16-$23 for Lyft

Agenda

Tuesday, August 29

10:00 am to 12:00 pm Affiliate Only Meeting (Invitation Only)
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Affiliate Only Meeting (Invitation Only)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Welcome Reception

Wednesday, August 30

8:00 am to 9:30 am Breakfast Plenary
9:45 am to 12:30 pm Breakout Track Sessions
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm Lunch Plenary: Unsung Hero
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Breakout Track Sessions
3:45 pm to 5:00 pm Networking Break
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Mentor Sessions
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm Right on Crime Reception
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm State Night Reception (Hosted Dinner)
9:00 pm to 11:00 pm Texas Public Policy Foundation Host Night

Thursday, August 31

6:50 am to 8:20 am 5K Run/Walk
8:00 am to 9:30 am Board Members Breakfast (Invitation Only)
8:00 am to 9:30 am Generation Liberty Fellowship Breakfast Panel (Invitation Only)
8:00 am to 9:30 am Breakfast Sessions
9:45 am to 12:30 pm Breakout Track Sessions
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm Lunch Plenary
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm Breakout Track Sessions
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Networking Break
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Mentor Sessions
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Receptions
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm SPN 25th Anniversary Reception
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm SPN 25th Anniversary Dinner
10:00 pm After-Party – Utah 2018

Friday, September 1

8:30 am to 10:00 am Breakfast Sessions
8:30 am to 12:00 pm Welfare Summit
9:00 am to 3:00 pm State Litigation Strategy Session
10:15 am to 11:30 am Breakout Track Sessions
12:00 pm 25th Annual Meeting Concludes

Mark Your Calendar

SPN’s 26th Annual Meeting is in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 9-12, 2018.

Host Think Tank

Thank you to the staff, board, and supporters of Texas Public Policy Foundation for serving as the gracious hosts for the SPN 24th Annual Meeting!

The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach.

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) has made great strides in the last twelve months. TPPF’s most noteworthy accomplishments and important wins include:

Education

For the first time in 20 years, Texas policymakers and the public have access to an in-depth analysis of where taxpayer money actually goes in the state’s public school system, after the Center for Education Freedom published “School Finance: Basics and Reform.” This study has already been invaluable in shaping prepara­tions for Texas’ 85th Legislature.

Energy

The Fueling Freedom Project gave rise to a published book, Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on En­ergy, co-authored by Distinguished Senior Fellow and director of our Center for Energy and the Environ­ment Kathleen Hartnett White and the Heritage Foun­dation’s Stephen Moore. TPPF followed this up with its third annual “At the Crossroads: Energy and Climate Policy Summit,” held for the first time in Washington, D.C. Truly the Foundation is leading the national conversation on America’s energy future.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the EPA Clean Power Plan after a coalition of 29 states petitioned. The mere existence of this multi-state coalition, led in no small part by TPPF’s national Fueling Freedom Project and representing the collaboration of many state policy groups, is a victory in itself, and the granting of the stay is a major win.

Family & Child Welfare

TPPF established its new Cen­ter for Families and Children to focus on family and child-welfare policy in the Lone Star State. The Center’s immediate priorities will be to encourage policymakers to reduce trauma for children in state care, to keep families intact whenever possible, and to engage community organizations in foster care. The network will hear more about director Brandon J. Logan’s incredible work in this area in 2017.

Federalism & Article V

TPPF has been leading the national conversation on an Article V Convention of the States, actively meeting with policy groups across the nation to defend our Constitution and protect foundational American federalism in the face of a sprawling federal state.

Litigation

The Center for the American Future (TPPF’s litigation team) is leading for liberty in the judiciary, defending Americans’ property rights against federal overreach by the Bureau of Land Management along Texas’ Red River Valley, and pushing back against abuse and misuse of the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and more.

Outreach

TPPF took the lead in cultivating the next generation of conservative, liberty-oriented leaders when 28 par­ticipants successfully graduated from the first class of our Texas Capitol Leaders (TCL) program. TCL is a new year-long program developed to promote the philosophical, policy, and professional development of junior Texas legislative staff to help them become more effective champions for free markets and limited government as their careers advance.

Sponsorship

As an SPN Annual Meeting sponsor, your organization will connect with over 1,300 think tank leaders, network partners, and supporters representing hundreds of organizations and all 50 states. SPN is offering several sponsorship opportunities to help your organization build awareness of its brand within the network,  showcase its work, and forge new partnerships.

If you are interested in any of the following sponsorship levels, please contact Spencer Hughes at hughes@spn.org.

Enterprise Partner – $75,000

An Enterprise Partner may sponsor one of these options (as long as they remain available):

  • One of two highly attended plenary programs on Wednesday and Thursday
  • The 25th Anniversary Roe VIP Reception
  • Anchor sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Roe Dinner

A customized sponsor package will be crafted to include all or some elements from this menu. We will entertain other options upon request. 

Enterprise Partner Benefits:

  • Prominent Recognition: Mention at each plenary, event signage throughout the venue, eye-catching table advertisement at sponsored event, featured post on SPN.org (content subject to SPN approval), special mention in SPN News November/December issue, promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter, and complimentary banner ad on mobile app.
  • VIP Access: 6 complimentary VIP conference registrations, VIP seating at all meals, passes to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner, and introductions to VIPs and/or specific attendee leaders (pre-arranged).
  • VIP Support: Hospitality suite to use Tuesday and Thursday, complimentary premium booth, and upgraded hotel accommodations.

Liberty Partner – $50,000

A Liberty Partner may sponsor one of these options (as long as they remain available):

  • One of two highly attended plenary programs on Wednesday and Thursday
  • The 25th Anniversary VIP Reception
  • A principal sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Roe Dinner

A customized sponsor package will be crafted to include all or some elements from this menu. We will entertain other options upon request. 

Liberty Partner Benefits:

  • Prominent Recognition: Mention at each plenary, event signage throughout the venue, eye-catching table advertisement at sponsored event, featured post on SPN.org (content subject to SPN approval), special mention in SPN News November/December issue, promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter, and complimentary banner ad on mobile app.
  • VIP Access: 5 complimentary VIP conference registrations, VIP seating at all meals, passes to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner.
  • VIP Support: Hospitality suite to use Tuesday and Thursday and complimentary premium booth.

Independence Partner – $25,000

An Independence Partner may sponsor one of these options (as long as they remain available):

  • Welcome Reception
  • Cigar Reception
  • Thursday Closing Party

A customized sponsor package will be crafted to include all or some elements from the following menu. 

Independence Partner Benefits:

  • Prominent Recognition: Tailored advertisement during the sponsored event, mention at each plenary, event signage throughout the venue, featured post on SPN.org (content subject to SPN approval), special mention in SPN News November/December issue, promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter, complimentary banner ad on mobile app.
  • VIP Access: 4 complimentary VIP conference registrations, VIP seating at all meals, passes to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner.
  • VIP Support: Hospitality suite to use Tuesday and Thursday, complimentary premium booth.

Federalism Partner – $15,000

A Federalism Partner may sponsor one of these options (as long as they remain available):

  • 25th Anniversary Roe Dinner host
  • Customized refreshment stations on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Wi-Fi for attendees
  • Customized session notepads
  • Customized lanyards

Federalism Partner Benefits:

  • Prominent Recognition: Mention at each plenary, event signage throughout the venue, featured post on SPN.org (content subject to SPN approval), promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter, complimentary banner ad on mobile app.
  • VIP Access: 2 complimentary VIP conference registrations, VIP seating at all meals, passes to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner.
  • VIP Support: Complimentary premium booth or complimentary banner ad on mobile app.

Supporting Partner – $5,000

A Supporter Partner may sponsor one of these options (as long as they remain available):

  • Charging stations with customized advertising
  • Customized refreshment station for one of three Networking Breaks
  • 25th Anniversary Roe Dinner host committee
  • Afternoon Meet-Ups: refreshments with customized advertising

Additional Opportunities – Variable Pricing

  • Pre- and Post-Conference Sessions – Contact us for more information.
  • Sponsored Track Sessions – $15,000 (6 available)
  • Sponsored Network Breakfasts – At cost (2 available on Thursday, 1 available on Friday)
  • Professional Networking Receptions (Policy, Development, Communications) – $7,500 each
  • Exhibitor Hall – $1,000 6-foot tables, $2,500 booths

Exhibitors

SPN affiliates and associates are invited to participate as exhibitors at Annual Meeting. You must be an attendee of the meeting in order to exhibit. Please see our registration and attendance policies for more information. 

Exhibitor Opportunities

  • 6-Foot Table: $1,000
  • Premium Booth: $2,500

State Think Tank Affiliate Tables

Current state think tank affiliates will receive a complimentary 3-foot exhibitor table. To claim this complimentary space or to upgrade to one of the options above, please contact Victoria Wakefield Bartolomeo (victoria@spn.org).


Exhibitor Hall

The Exhibitor Hall changes year to year, depending on the conference venue. Please refer to this graphic for a preview of the 2017 Exhibitor Hall space:


Exhibitor Contact

Contact Victoria Wakefield Bartolomeo at victoria@spn.org for more information.

 

Unsung Hero

The seventh annual Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, will be presented at the 25th SPN Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The award honors an individual whose work defines entrepreneurial public policy action in the spirit of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation’s founder and president, Helen Krieble. The winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000 and recognition at the plenary luncheon on August 30, 2017. The organization that nominates the Unsung Hero winner will also receive a $5,000 prize!

Criteria for Nominees:

  • Nominee is a policy entrepreneur who has not received recognition for his or her successful free market (or “liberty-minded”) solution.
  • Leadership resulted in a victory that reduced the size or scope of government and made a difference for freedom.
  • The outcomes recognized are transformative and truly innovative.
  • The policy victory can serve as inspiration to other freedom champions and replicated in other areas of the country.
  • Nominee has not accepted monetary aid or a leadership position from an organization to complete his or her work.

Submit your nomination here.


Learn More About the Unsung Hero Award


A Special Thank You

Krieble-Bio-Pic2Helen Krieble is the founder and president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to public policy and America’s founding principles.  A hard-working hero for freedom in her own right, Helen and her foundation actively support free enterprise and entrepreneurship, nationally and internationally.  Under her leadership, the foundation has carved out a history of hard-fought local and national public policy accomplishments in missile defense, immigration reform, taxation, government regulation and citizenship. Without her leadership, the Unsung Hero Award would not be possible.


The State Unsung Hero Award

If you are a state think tank you are eligible to receive a $1,000 State Unsung Hero Award Grant from the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. For more information, please contact Stephanie Muth at stephanie@shariwilliamsconsulting.com.