State Policy Network
SPN 27th Annual Meeting October 29-November 1, 2019 Colorado Springs, CO
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October 29-November 1, 2019 • Colorado Springs, CO

SPN 27th Annual Meeting

State Solutions. National Impact.

State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of organizations and people dedicated to promoting state policy solutions that strengthen communities and improve the lives of Americans.

Save the date for SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs: October 29–November 1, 2019.

Each year, 1,300 attendees representing state-based and state focused organizations from all 50 states gather to be inspired, discover and develop new strategies to replace failed government policies, and network. State Policy Network hosts this meeting to strengthen the state-focused network by:

  • Inspiring attendees to go further—whether that be improving the operations of their organization or advancing policy change through effective leadership, education, outreach, and communications.
  • Providing an environment where policy ideas can be shared, tested, and sharpened so that state solutions that improve the lives of individuals and families can have national impact
  • Connecting attendees with peers, mentors, philanthropic partners, and experts who can help them to grow and achieve personally and professionally


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 1,300 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 and have a little fun! Annual Meeting is the place to be for happy warriors determined to advance freedom in the states.

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

Join us for the SPN 28th Annual Meeting in 2020

Meet us in Chicago for the SPN 28th Annual Meeting in 2020! We are pleased to have Illinois Policy Institute as our host state think tank for this event.

Date: August 31–September 3, 2020

Location: Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile
540 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Host State Think Tank: Illinois Policy Institute

Where else has the SPN Annual Meeting been?

1992: Colorado Springs, CO
1993: Traverse City, MI
1994: Tampa, FL
1995: San Diego, CA
1996: Minneapolis, MN
1997: Tempe, AZ
1998: Atlanta,GA
1999: Dallas, TX
2000: St. Louis, MO
2001: Boulder, CO
2002: Indianapolis, IN
2003: Seattle, WA
2004: Austin, TX
2005: Charleston, SC
2006: Milwaukee, WI
2007: Portland, ME
2008: Scottsdale, AZ
2009: Asheville, NC
2010: Cleveland, OH
2011: Bellevue, WA
2012: Amelia Island, FL
2013: Oklahoma City, OK
2014: Denver, CO
2015: Grand Rapids, MI
2016: Nashville, TN
2017: San Antonio, TX
2018: Salt Lake City, UT
2019: Colorado Springs, CO

Registration & Attendance Policies

Attendance Eligibility

All board members, executives, and staff at current SPN state think tank affiliates and associate members are invited to attend SPN’s Annual Meeting. Go here to see specific membership criteria.

General attendees are also welcome, but they must provide a reference and pass SPN’s review process in order to register.

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.

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

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 is 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.

Emails and Onsite Photography

By registering for and attending State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their publication. Images, videos, and/or audio recording may be used to promote this event and similar SPN events in the future and highlight the network’s growth and impact. By registering, you also consent to receive important Annual Meeting news and reminders via email.


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.

Social Media Policy

Thank you in advance for respecting our social media policy and the privacy of other attendees. Because this event is invitation-only and much of the content is intended only for participants, please adhere to the following guidelines to ensure SPN’s Annual Meeting is a safe and respectful environment for sharing strategies and ideas. SPN reserves the right to remove inappropriate or sensitive posts from the Annual Meeting app and to request that attendees remove public social media posts that do not respect the following guidelines.

  • All breakout and workshop sessions are off the record. Live tweeting, recording video, posting pictures, or sharing content from the sessions are expressly prohibited. This discretion ensures our breakout sessions, workshops, and roundtables can be safe and candid environments for strategic conversations and idea-sharing. Plus, we want to respect speakers’ proprietary content.
  • Plenary sessions are on the record. You’re welcome to live tweet or post about the talks. 
  • Share your excitement, inspiration, and connections. While specific strategies and tactics should not leave sessions and discussions, you are welcome to post generally about speakers who inspired you, the general implications for your work, the people you’ve met, etc.
  • Be respectful. For the sessions and events that are not off the record, please be respectful of other attendees’ privacy and think before quoting or posting pictures that could be misinterpreted.
  • Provide context. When posting, remember not all your audience will have the full context, so be aware of posts that might be misconstrued or misunderstood.


Host Hotel: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

The SPN 27th Annual Meeting will take place at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Information about SPN’s room block and hotel reservations will be available in the spring of 2019.