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 Begins: March 27, 2017
Hotel Reservations Open: March 27, 2017

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;
  • 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 Policies

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

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

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.


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.


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.


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


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

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 210-276-2500.

Hotel reservations will open on March 27, 2017.

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. In addition to the recreational activities listed below, 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 bad 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


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.


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


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


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.


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


Tuesday, August 29

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm State Solutions Networking Reception
10:00 pm to Midnight Cigar 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
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Breakout Track Sessions
3:45 pm to 5:00 pm Networking Break
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm Meet-Ups
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm Right on Crime Reception
9:00 pm to 11:00 pm Texas Public Policy Foundation Host Night

Thursday, August 31

6:50 am to 8:20 am 5K
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: Unsung Hero
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm Breakout Track Sessions
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Networking Break
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Receptions
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 25th Anniversary Reception
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 25th Anniversary Roe Dinner
10:00 pm After-Party with 2018 Host (Sutherland Institute – Utah)

Friday, September 1

8:30 am to 10:00 am Breakfast
10:15 am to 11:30 am Breakout Track Sessions
12:00 pm 25th Annual Meeting Concludes

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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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 Opportunities

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.

Enterprise Partner – $75,000

Presenting sponsorship of Thursday Plenary Lunch.

Enterprise Partner Benefits:

  • Tier 1 recognition, including special mentions from the podium, prominent event signage throughout, featured post on, special feature in SPN News September/October issue, and promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 6 complimentary VIP conference registrations, including VIP seating at all meals and access to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner
  • Hospitality suite to use Tuesday and Thursday
  • Complimentary premium booth
  • Complimentary banner ad on mobile app

Select this sponsorship.

Liberty Partner – $50,000

Choice of presenting sponsorship of: Wednesday Plenary Breakfast, Welcome Reception, Roe Dinner Reception.

Liberty Partner Benefits:

  • Tier 2 recognition, including special mentions from the podiums, prominent event signage throughout, featured post on, special feature in SPN News September/October issue, and promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 5 complimentary VIP conference registrations, including VIP seating at all meals and access to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner
  • Hospitality suite to use Tuesday and Thursday
  • Complimentary premium booth
  • Complimentary banner ad on mobile app

Select this sponsorship.

Independence Partner – $25,000

Choice of presenting sponsorship of Cigar Reception, Thursday Closing Party, or Networking Breaks.

Independence Partner Benefits:

  • Tier 3 recognition, including special mentions from the podium, prominent event signage throughout, featured post on, special feature in SPN News September/October issue, and promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 4 complimentary VIP conference registrations, including including VIP seating at all meals and access to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner
  • Hospitality suite to use Tuesday and Thursday
  • Choice of complimentary premium booth or complimentary banner ad on mobile app.

Select this sponsorship.

Federalism Partner – $15,000

Choice of presenting sponsorship of hotel key cards, Wi-Fi, speed networking, lanyards, or session notepads.

Federalism Partner Benefits:

  • Tier 4 recognition, including special mentions from the podium,prominent event signage throughout, featured post on, special feature in SPN News September/October issue, and promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 2 complimentary VIP conference registrations, including VIP seating at all meals and access to VIP receptions for Host Night and Roe Award Dinner
  • Choice of one complimentary premium booth or complimentary banner ad on mobile app

Select this sponsorship.

Co-Sponsor – $5,000

Choice of presenting sponsorship of: Roe Dinner Host Committee, Networking Meet-Up, Charging Stations.

Co-Sponsor Benefits:

  • Tier 5 recognition with prominent event signage throughout the room.

Select this sponsorship.

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Pre- and Post-Conference Sessions – $15,000 (or price set based on event)
  • Sponsored Sessions – $15,000 (6 total)
  • Sponsored Network Breakfasts – $10,000 (2 total for Thursday, 1 for Friday)
  • Peer Network Receptions (Policy, Development, Communications) – $7,500
  • Exhibitor Hall – $1,000 6-foot tables, $2,500 booths

Select one of these sponsorships.

Exhibitor Opportunities

SPN member organizations and any organizations looking to connect with the network are invited to participate in Annual Meeting as an exhibitor.

Exhibitor Opportunities

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

Contact Victoria Wakefield Bartolomeo for more information.