2014 GRA Annual Policy Conference

The Governmental Research Association celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand scale by holding 2014’s conference at the offices of the Pew Charitable Trust in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 GRA Awards and to Ran Coble, President of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, and winner of the Frederick Gruenberg Award. [acceptance speech]

Conference Materials

Session #1: Education Funding Trends and Alternative Strategies

Moderator: Phyllis Resnick
Panelists
• Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States [PowerPoint]
• Kim Reuben, Urban Institute [PowerPoint]
• Jeff Hornstein, City of Philadelphia [PDF] (Full report on charter school finance in Philadelphia will be issued in October. Contact Jeff Hornstein if you wish to be notified)

Session #2: Pension and OPEB Funding Issues

Moderator: Brian Jensen, Allegheny Conference on Community Development/Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh [PDF]
Panelists:
• David Draine and Greg Mennis, Pew Charitable Trusts [PowerPoint]
• Sarah Wetmore, Civic Federation [PDF]
• Eric Lupher, Citizens Research Council of Michigan [PowerPoint]
• Emily Kessler, Society of Actuaries [PDF]

Session #3: Budget Reform 1

Results First – Improving Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Policymaking
• Gary VanLandingham, Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative [PowerPoint]

[Results First Overview][Iowa Case Study][Washington Case Study][Results First State Successes][Budget Addendum]

Session #4: Budget Reform 2

Managing Volatility With Smart Rainy Day Fund Policies
• Brenna Erford, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Session #5: Transportation Issues

Moderator: Rob Henken, President, Public Policy Forum [PowerPoint]
Panelists:
• Ben Husch, Director of Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures
• Ethan Pollack, Senior Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts [PowerPoint]
• Joshua L. Schank, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
• Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Session #6: Federal Finance Issues that Affect the States

Presenters:
• Mark Robyn, The Pew Charitable Trusts
• Sam Rosen-Amy, The Pew Charitable Trusts [PowerPoint]

Session #7: State Healthcare Policies

Moderator: Dominic Calabro, FTW
Panelists:
• Maria Schiff, Pew Charitable Trusts [PowerPoint]

Session #8: Economic Mobility and Income Inequality

Moderator: Shawn Teigen, Utah Foundation
Panelists:
• Erin Currier, Director of the Economic Mobility Project, Pew Charitable Trusts
• Diana Elliott, Research Officer with Economic Mobility Project, Pew Charitable Trusts [Powerpoint]
• Shawn Teigen, Principal Research Analyst, Utah Foundation [Presentation]