October 29-November 1, 2019 • Colorado Springs, CO
SPN 27th Annual Meeting
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. Registration opens on April 15, 2019.
About the SPN Annual Meeting
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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.
State Think Tank Affiliates
Affiliate registrations are eligible for full refunds or transfers to members within the same organization until a specified deadline. The refund deadline for the SPN 27th Annual Meeting is October 1, 2019, at 5:00pm EST.
Associate registrations are eligible for a full refund less a $75.00 cancellation fee prior to a specified deadline. The refund deadline for the SPN 27th Annual Meeting is October 1, 2019, at 5:00pm EST. No refunds after this deadline will be fulfilled. 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.
Refunds will be issued prior to a specified deadline, less a $75.00 cancellation fee. The refund deadline for the SPN 27th Annual Meeting is October 1, 2019, at 5:00pm EST. 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 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
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
- Classic Room: $169/night
- Superior Room: $199/night
- Premium: $239/night
A limited number of suites are available at a rate of $239/night. Upgrades will be made on a first come, first served basis. The only requirement is that suites must be booked for a minimum stay of three nights, including these dates: October 29, October 30, and October 31.
See The Broadmoor Property
Additional sessions and details are forthcoming. The full agenda will be published in early summer.
Why sponsor SPN’s Annual Meeting?
- Showcase your brand as a partner to the top organizations working on state policy solutions.
- Connect with your target market and set up invaluable in-person meetings with attendees.
- Build new relationships to increase your organization’s effectiveness after the event.
- Provide sponsored content to drive discussions on and off the agenda.
- Gain access to all SPN Annual Meeting sessions.
Whether you choose to purchase an Annual Meeting sponsorship or exhibit at the event, you will deliver your experience, relevance, and value to over 1,300 free-market leaders and influencers, including state think tank professionals, national partners, and a variety of resource partners.
If you would like information on 2019 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cindy Kilduff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Sponsorship Levels & Opportunities
All sponsorships and exhibitor opportunities will be extended based on alignment with our agenda and availability. Sponsored content will be evaluated and approved by a content committee.
Enterprise Partner – $75,000
- Exclusive sponsor of State Night: Thursday, October 31
- Presenting sponsor of the Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner: Wednesday, October 30
Liberty Partner – $50,000
- Presenting sponsor of one of the two highly attended plenary programs: Tuesday, October 29 or Wednesday, October 30
- Exclusive sponsor of Pre-Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner VIP Reception: Wednesday, October 30
- Premier sponsor of the Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner: Wednesday, October 30
Independence Partner – $25,000
- Center Seating Area of Connections Lounge (40’ x 40’): Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
- Welcome Reception: Tuesday, October 29
- Cocktail & Cigar Post-dinner Reception: Tuesday, October 29
- Post-dinner Reception: Wednesday, October 30
Constitution Partner – $20,000
- Premier Furnished Connections Lounge Quadrant (25’ x 25’): Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
- Policy and Outreach Reception (for approximately 200 in the Connections Lounge): Tuesday, October 29
- Sponsored Breakfast (content subject to approval): Thursday, October 31
- Sponsored Roundtable Session (content subject to approval): Wednesday, October 30 or Thursday, October 31
- Welcome bags (available for attendees at registration): Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
Federalism Partner – $15,000
- Premium Hospitality Suite (does not include food/beverage): Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
- Communications Reception (for approximately 150 attendees): Tuesday, October 29
- Branded refreshment stations for Networking Break: Wednesday, October 30 or Thursday, October 31
- 5K for Freedom Run: Thursday, October 31
- Mobile app sponsor: Available from up to 30 days prior to Annual Meeting until well after the event
- Wi-Fi for attendees: Tuesday, October 29 – Friday, November 1
- Customized notepads (available for attendees at registration): Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
- Customized hotel key cards: Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
Freedom Partner – $10,000
- Development Reception (for approximately 75 attendees): Tuesday, October 29
- Branded lanyards: Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
- Branding on back of name badge: Tuesday, October 29 – Friday, November 1
- Workout class: Wednesday, October 30 or Thursday, October 31
Supporting Partner – $5,000
- Charging station with customized advertising: Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1
- Chess Tournament: Tuesday, October 29 to Thursday, October 31
A la carte sponsorships (availability, pricing, and benefits to be determined)
- Pre-conference or post-conference sessions
- Private event listed on the agenda
- Branded engagement activity
- General support of SPN’s Annual Meeting
- Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner Sponsor
2019 Sponsorship Benefits
A customized sponsor package will be crafted to include all or some elements from this menu. We will entertain other options upon request.
Located adjacent to the plenary ballroom, the Connections Lounge is the high-traffic site of several planned events and breaks throughout the week, as well as a space for general networking, meeting, and relaxing with fellow attendees. The Connections Lounge will be locked at the end of each day. The Exhibitor Hall will be situated in the pre-function space at the entrance/exit to the Connections Lounge and will also be secured after hours.
New in 2019: Networking Appointments
Exhibitors will have the opportunity to use our SPN Annual Meeting Networking Appointments feature to connect with attendees up to thirty days prior to the event to schedule meetings at your space.
If you would like information on 2019 exhibitor opportunities, please contact Cindy Kilduff at email@example.com.
2019 Exhibitor Opportunities
Center Seating Area of the Connections Lounge: $25,000 (Independence Partner)
- Exceptional branding opportunity in this 40’ x 40’ space with a variety of seating options to attract participants to relax, network, or conduct meetings (food and beverage not included).
- Includes powered lounge-seating groupings and optional high-top tables/chairs and/or 6-foot tables/chairs.
- Among other Independence Partner level benefits, includes 4 full conference registrations and 4 complimentary passes to VIP Reception prior to the Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner.
- Opportunity to participate in our new SPN Annual Meeting Networking Appointments, which will allow you to connect with attendees thirty days prior to the event and schedule meetings at your space.
Premier Furnished Connections Lounge Quadrant: $20,000 each (Constitution Partner)
- 25’ x 25’ space with 2 furniture pods, 1 charging unit, 2 6-ft. tables, 4 chairs, 2 garbage cans, includes power.
- Prime opportunity to creatively attract attendees during networking/reception/breaks (food and beverage not included).
- Among other Constitution Partner level benefits, includes 3 full conference registrations and 3 complimentary passes to VIP Reception prior to Thomas A. Roe Award Dinner.
Networking Table: $3,500 each
- Includes 6-ft. powered table with 4 chairs or stools, garbage can.
- Prime branding opportunity, key feature of this space is its set-up for meetings.
Booths: $3,000 each
- 8’ x 10’ booth Includes 6-ft. table with basic table cloth and skirting, 2 chairs, garbage can.
- Flexible space to showcase your brand, power upon request.
Exhibitor Tables: $1,000 each
- 6’ table with basic table cloth and skirting.
- Power option available (with direct bill to hotel).
Connections Lounge Preview
Bob Williams Awards
The Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement celebrate state think tanks doing exceptional work to develop and disseminate credible policy research and ideas that can help states implement free-market solutions that will have national impact. The awards are named in honor of our network’s most iconic policy maven and a friend to many, Bob Williams.
Criteria and nominations will open in early summer, and winners in each category will be announced at SPN’s 27th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO.
Categories for the Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement
Best Issue Campaign
Recognizes the organization that ran the highest quality issue education campaign. Submissions will be judged based on measures of execution not necessarily if a win was ultimately achieved. Measure of execution include strategic thinking, exemplary use of outreach tactics, ability to reach target audiences, and team alignment.
Most Influential Research
Recognizes the organization whose original research achieved a high level of influence in academia, media, or policy-making arenas. Submissions should describe one piece of research which is either a single publication or a closely related series of research publications (for example, one white paper, a collection of essays on a single topic, or a book). Submissions should also include information about the impact that the research publication made and clearly communicate the measured outcomes and results.
Recognizes the organization whose effort was instrumental toward securing a significant policy victory this year. Wins can be one state or a multi-state effort; offense or defense; state or national. Submissions will be judged on the significance of the victory and how important the organization’s contribution was to the victory.
About Bob Williams
Bob is the founder of the Washington Freedom Foundation and is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of fiscal and tax policies, election reform, and disaster preparedness. Bob is currently the Director of State Budget Solutions a project of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Penn State and was a Certified Public Accountant. In that capacity, he served as an auditor at the Pentagon and Post Office for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He served five terms in the Washington State Legislature and was the 1988 Republican nominee for governor of Washington State.
How much does registration cost?
|Ticket Type||Early Bird Rate||Full Rate|
|State Think Tank Affiliate Members||Special membership rate||Special membership rate|
|SPN Associate Members||Special membership rate||Special membership rate|
|One-Day Pass (Tuesday)||$150||$150|
|One-Day Pass (Wednesday or Thursday)||$500||$500|
|One-Day Pass (Friday)||$100||$100|
|Onsite Registration||N/A||Full rate plus $50 fee|
What important dates should I put on my calendar?
|August 1, 2019||Early Bird pricing ends at 5:00 pm EST|
|October 4, 2019||Hotel reservation cut-off date|
|Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2019||SPN 27th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs|
What is included in my registration?
All events, sessions, and meals listed in the agenda, except for any event listed as “invitation only.”
How can I make changes to my registration?
If you need to update your personal information or change your session selections, please follow these steps:
1. Click “already registered” from the registration page.
2. Enter the email address you used to register
3. Enter your confirmation number (found in your registration confirmation email)
4. Once logged in , select “modify” from the navigation and make the modifications necessary. Click the “next” button at the bottom of each page to proceed.
5. Select “finish” once you have completed the changes.
I don’t have a registration confirmation email. How do I get it?
First, search your inbox or check your spam folder. We will send all registered attendees another copy of their confirmation email 6-8 weeks prior to the conference and again at 3-4 weeks prior to the conference. If you still cannot locate the email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
What is the registration cancellation policy?
State Think Tank Affiliates: Full refunds by September 5 at 5:00 pm EDT.
Associate Members: Full refunds less a $100 cancellation fee by September 5 at 5:00 pm EDT.
General Attendees: Full refunds less a $100 cancellation fee by September 8 at 5:00 pm EDT.
What is the conference dress code?
Business casual attire is appropriate during the day. We recommend bringing a sweater or jacket for the hotel and for cooler evenings. Attendees should also plan to bring appropriate clothing for any special activities, such as workout clothes for the 5K for Freedom and a swimsuit for the indoor pools.
What is the weather like in Salt Lake City in October?
Highs will be in the 60s. Evening temperatures can drop into the 40s.
How can I get a copy of the agenda?
Go to the agenda section to see session titles and description. Click on the printer icon to pull up a printer-friendly copy. The Annual Meeting app will be available in late August/early September so that attendees can explore the agenda and build their customized schedules.
What are the tracks?
Tracks are collections of breakout sessions and workshops for specific disciplines or topics. Attendees are not restricted to certain tracks. Unless noted as an “invitation only” event, sessions are open to all attendees.
How do I choose the best track or sessions for me?
Attendees can attend any track regardless of their current role. This is part of what makes Annual Meeting such a unique and rich learning opportunity. It’s a great time to explore topics that align with your career aspirations or interests—even if they don’t directly relate to you day-to-day job. We encourage attendees to try at least one session outside their current discipline.
The tracks are also designed to sharpen your skills in your current discipline if that is your professional goal. So, you can also choose to stick with one track throughout the entire conference and attend sessions on the areas you want to learn more about.
Will I be able to register onsite?
Yes, but you will pay the full ticket price plus a $50 onsite registration fee. We encourage attendees to register online, preferably by the Early Bird deadline of August 1, so that you can receive the best registration rate.
Are guests allowed to attend?
Unfortunately, personal guests are not permitted. All attendees must register for the meeting.
Where do I go when I arrive at the hotel?
After checking in to your room, come to registration (located at The Grand America Hotel) and pick up your badge and welcome bag. You’ll need your badge to get into all Annual Meeting activities. Be sure to have your photo I.D. with you when you pick it up.
What do I do during a networking break?
SPN provides networking breaks and structured networking activities so that attendees can network without having to worry about missing any sessions. Networking breaks are a good time to tour the Exhibitor Hall or stop by the Connections Lounge.