The 24th SPN Annual Meeting October 3-6, 2016 Nashville, TN

October 3-6, 2016 • Nashville, TN

The 24th SPN Annual Meeting

What is the SPN Annual Meeting?

SPN’s Annual Meeting is the leading conference in the freedom movement aimed squarely at advancing state policy reforms essential to the American principles of liberty and law. Think tank leaders, network partners, and investors gather to strategize, network, learn from one another, share ideas, be inspired, and build requisite knowledge and skills.

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Tracie Sharp, President of State Policy Network

Described as the family reunion of the freedom movement, SPN Annual Meeting has grown from 19 individuals who attended the first meeting in Colorado Springs, CO in 1992 to more than 1,000 who joined us for our 23rd Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2015. It is an opportunity to highlight and amplify successes of the network—individuals and organizations—dedicated to advancing freedom.

Each year, SPN recognizes accomplishments and entrepreneurship in public policy with two prestigious awards. SPN keeps the memory alive of our founder Thomas Roe by presenting the Roe Award to a person whose achievements have greatly advanced free market reforms or the lay of the land in which these reforms can be achieved. The Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, is a $25,000 cash prize that honors an individual whose volunteer work defines or protects freedom in the marketplace and everyday life. This speaks to the spirit of Helen Krieble, the Foundation’s president.

Why should you go to the SPN Annual Meeting?

SPN’s Annual Meeting is a gathering place for people who are serious about winning the battle of ideas for this generation and those generations to come. Four large group plenary sessions are surrounded by more than 70 skills and knowledge-building workshops, and lots of networking time. Together we learn about powerful public policy ideas, ways we can assess and employ our individual strengths, discover and brainstorm winning strategies, celebrate victories, renew our strength, build lasting and effective networks, and (even) have a little fun.

You can access wisdom from more than 1,000 people: policy and professional specialists from 325+ organizations 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.

Plenaries and programs are designed around SPN’s tagline, State Solutions. National Impact. Now more than ever, state solutions are requisite for national good governance and civic health. As the connector of the freedom network, the Annual Meeting creates the ideal environment for independent think tank leaders, policy practitioners, and supporters to build thriving, successful freedom partnerships.

I’m booking my trip for 2017…

I’m marking my calendar for next year, August 29-September 1, in San Antonio Texas.

Please note: This is a private event, and SPN reserves the right to refuse registration and entrance to the event.

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.

 

Registration and Attendance Policies

Ticket Types & Rates

Ticket Type Who should register?
Affiliate Executives and staff from state think tanks who are current SPN affiliates.
Affiliate Board Member Current board members of state think tanks who are SPN affiliates.
Associate Executives and staff from current SPN associates.
General Attendee Attendees who are not employed by an SPN affiliate or associate.
One-Day Attendee Attendees who plan to attend one day of the conference and would like access to that day’s sessions, meals, and networking opportunities.

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.

Refund & Cancellation Policies

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 24th Annual Meeting was September 2, 2016, at 5:00pm EST. Registration deadlines for 2017 will be posted soon.

ASSOCIATES

Associate registrations are eligible for a full refund less a $75.00 cancellation fee prior to a specified deadline. The deadline for 2016 was September 2 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. Registration deadlines for 2017 will be posted soon.

GENERAL ATTENDEES

Refunds will be issued prior to a specified deadline, less a $75.00 cancellation fee. The deadline for 2016 was September 2 at 5:00pm EST. General attendee registrations are not eligible for transfer. Registration deadlines for 2017 will be posted soon.

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.

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

As a sponsor or exhibitor at the SPN Annual Meeting, your organization can connect with over 1,000 attendees spanning 330 groups and all fifty states. SPN offers several sponsorship and exhibition opportunities to help you maximize Annual Meeting’s opportunities to forge relationships with network think tanks and leaders.

If you are considering sponsoring the SPN Annual Meeting in 2017, please see the list of potential sponsorship opportunities below. For more information, please contact Spencer Hughes at 703-740-0313 or hughes@spn.org.

Presenting Sponsorships

The SPN Annual Meeting is known for the excellent and inspiring programming we offer. All meals are open to every attendee, and they are highly attended and highly rated. As a presenting sponsor, all eyes will be on your brand.

Freedom Partner – $150,000+

  • Prominent Tier 1 recognition in the following:
    • Special mentions from the podiums
    • Prominent event signage throughout
    • Featured post on Annual Meeting website
    • Special feature in SPN News Sept/Oct publication
    • Promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 20 complimentary VIP conference registrations
    • VIP seating at all meals
    • VIP receptions access for Host Night and Roe Award Dinners
  • Available meeting room to use throughout the week
  • Complimentary premium booth
  • Compliment running ad on mobile app

Enterprise Partner – $75,000

  • Prominent Tier 2 recognition in the following:
    • Special mentions from the podiums
    • Prominent event signage throughout
    • Featured post on Annual Meeting website
    • Special feature in SPN News Sept/Oct publication
    • Promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 15 complimentary VIP conference registrations
    • VIP seating at all meals
    • VIP receptions access for Host Night and Roe Award Dinners
  • Available meeting room to use throughout the week
  • Complimentary premium booth
  • Compliment running ad on mobile app

Liberty Partner – $50,000

  • Prominent Tier 3 recognition in the following:
    • Special mentions from the podiums
    • Prominent event signage throughout
    • Featured post on Annual Meeting website
    • Special feature in SPN News Sept/Oct publication
    • Promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 10 complimentary VIP conference registrations
    • VIP seating at all meals
    • VIP receptions access for Host Night and Roe Award Dinners
  • Available meeting room to use throughout the week
  • Choice of one of the following:
    • Complimentary premium booth
    • Compliment running ad on mobile app

Independence Partner – $25,000

  • Prominent Tier 4 recognition in the following:
    • Special mentions from the podiums
    • Prominent event signage throughout
    • Featured post on Annual Meeting website
    • Special feature in SPN News Sept/Oct publication
    • Promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 5 complimentary VIP conference registrations
    • VIP seating at all meals
    • VIP receptions access for Host Night and Roe Award Dinners
  • Available meeting room to use throughout the week
  • Choice of one of the following:
    • Complimentary premium booth
    • Compliment running ad on mobile app

Federalism Partner – $15,000

  • Prominent Tier 5 recognition in the following:
    • Special mentions from the podiums
    • Prominent event signage throughout
    • Featured post on Annual Meeting website
    • Special feature in SPN News Sept/Oct publication
    • Promotional posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • 2 complimentary VIP conference registrations
    • VIP seating at all meals
    • VIP receptions access for Host Night and Roe Award Dinners
  • Choice of one of the following:
    • Complimentary premium booth
    • Compliment running ad on mobile app

Roe Dinner Host Committee – $5,000

  • Special recognition in event program and podium mentions
  • 2 complimentary conference registrations
  • 2 VIP tickets to the Roe Reception and Roe Dinner

Programming Meals:
Thomas A. Roe Award Gala – $25,000
Plenary Breakfasts – $25,000
Plenary Lunches – $25,000

Non-Programming Meals:
Networking Breakfasts – $15,000

Reception Sponsorships

The SPN Annual Meeting is one of the best networking events of the year. Attendees look forward to meeting new people and catching up with old friends. Make sure your brand is front and center at one of the many receptions throughout the week.

Thomas Roe Award Gala Reception – $20,000
Welcome Reception – $15,000
Cigar Reception – $15,000
Development Reception – $7,500

Communications Reception – $7,500
Policy Reception – $7,500
Operations Reception – $7,500

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

Networking Lounge Presenting Sponsor – $25,000
Our Networking Lounge is the central location for all networking, exhibitors, and receptions. As the presenting sponsor, you can highlight yourself throughout the week in one of our most popular spaces.

Sponsored Policy Sessions – $15,000
This is a prime opportunity to drive a discussion on a priority policy topic of your choice. Sessions will be branded and listed on the main agenda during a prime time. SPN will work with you on planning an appealing and well-attended session.

WiFi – $10,000
All attendees see and use WiFi and will see your brand on the customized landing page.

5K Race – $10,000
Back by popular demand, our unique 5K race has been one of the most popular activities of past conferences.

Photo Booth$7,500
Have your name and message seen by all attendees with a photo booth directly on the conference floor–right in the middle of the action!

Sold: Hotel Key Cards$7,500
Introduce yourself at check-in! Custom-made keycards capture the attention of all participants throughout the conference. Price includes production and distribution. Only your artwork is required.

Session Notepads – $5,000
Have a presence in each breakout room with branded notepads and pens for attendees to use in each of our breakout tracks.

Mobile App – $3,000
Our mobile app will help attendees discover sessions, build their personalized agendas, network with attendees, and share photos and updates from their conference experience. Your name and brand will be front and center.

Custom Signage – $1,000
Purchase space for a custom sign to promote your brand, service, or campaign.

Exhibitor Booths

For information on exhibitor opportunities, please contact Spencer Hughes at hughes@spn.org.

 

Host Think Tank

TENNbeaconThank you to the staff, board, and supporters of the Beacon Center of Tennessee for serving as the gracious hosts for the SPN 24th Annual Meeting!

The Beacon Center of Tennessee’s mission is to empower Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives, so that they can freely pursue their version of the American Dream. The Beacon Center has an impressive list of accomplishments advancing that mission:

  • 2011: Ending the practice of collective bargaining by government education unions.
  • 2011: Reforming our tort system to limit lawsuit abuse and create a more stable business climate in the state.
  • 2012: Repealing Tennessee’s death tax, saving taxpayers more than $100 million a year.
  • 2014: Enacting a constitutional amendment to permanently ban a state income tax.
  • 2015: Bringing about Tennessee’s first ever school choice program in the form of Education Savings Accounts for special needs children.
  • 2015: Stopping an unaffordable and immoral expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee.
  • 2015: Passing Right to Try unanimously in the state legislature, giving terminally ill patients access to life saving medicine.
  • 2015: Launching a Legal Foundation to preserve Tennesseans’ economic liberty, property rights, and other constitutional protections.
  • 2015: Obtaining an injunction against the city of Nashville for a portion of its unconstitutional laws limiting the use of Airbnb.
  • 2016: Repealing the Hall Income Tax, making Tennessee a truly income tax-free state.

 

2017 Host Think Tank

Thank you to the Texas Public Policy Foundation for serving as the host think tank for the SPN 25th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, August 29-September 1, 2017.

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Unsung Hero

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The sixth annual Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, will be presented at the State Policy Network 24th Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN. 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 SPN’s 24th Annual Meeting plenary luncheon on October 5, 2016.

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.

The organization that nominates the Unsung Hero winner will also receive a $5,000 prize!

Nominations for 2016 have closed. Please direct all questions about the Unsung Hero Award to Sarah Ferrara at ferrara@spn.org.

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.

Announcing 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.