NOTE: DATE FOR 2016 HAS BEEN SET FOR DECEMBER 7th AT HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES, BASTROP
This event was held in December 2014 and will be held again December 7, 2016
The following is for informational purposes only.
About TTIA’s Public Policy Forum
The full-day seminar will provide political analysis and insight into what we can expect during the next legislative session and how our industry will be impacted.
This is a must-attend event for all TTIA members. It's also a great opportunity to bring along some of the younger professionals in your office to educate them about the issues that are crucial to the success of the travel industry.
2014 HOTEL INFORMATION
Hotel at Southpark
4140 Governor’s Row
Austin, Texas 78744
TTIA Rate: $115/night
Cut-Off Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2014 at 5pm (unless
block is sold out prior to this date)For reservations, call 1-800-THE-OMNI and ask for the "TTIA”
2014 Registration Rates
$145 - 1st Attendee from an Organization
$100 - each additional attendee from same organization
refund until 5:00pm on November 21, 2014. 50% refund until 5 p.m. on December 2, 2014. No
refunds after 5:00pm on December 2. This cancellation policy helps us ensure
the most accurate counts possible for the event. For questions regarding the
cancellation policy, please contact the TTIA office at 512-328-8842.
(as of October 31, 2014)
- Evan Smith, CEO & Editor-In-Chief, The Texas Tribune
- Brian Sweany, Editor-In-Chief, Texas Monthly Magazine
- John Colyandro, Executive Director, Texas Conservative
Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI)
- George Scott Christian, Attorney, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA)
- Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
- Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor & Co-Founder, Texas Tribune
- Erica Grieder, Senior Editor, Texas Monthly Magazine
- Harvey Kronberg, Editor, Quorum Report
- Justin Bragiel, General Counsel,Texas Hotel & Lodging Association
- Carlton Schwab, President/CEO, Texas Economic Development Corporation
- Brian Schaeffer, Executive Director/CEO, Texas Association of Campground Owners
- Kenneth Besserman, General Counsel, Texas Restaurant Association
As of November 10, 2014
|8:00 am - 8:45am
|8:45am - 9:15am
|Welcome and Overview of the Upcoming Legislative Session
Speakers: Kim Phillips, Chair, TTIA Board of Directors; David Teel, President/CEO, TTIA; and Homero Lucero, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, TTIA
|9:15am - 10:00am
||Making Sense of Texas’ Political Landscape with Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief & CEO, The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith will
kick off the 2014 TTIA Public Policy Forum with a keynote session on the
political landscape in Texas.The elections are over, the teams are set and the 84th Legislative Session is
just around the corner. What lies ahead for Texas - a big state with big
politics, big personalities and big challenges? Evan Smith offers his keen
insights and thoughtful analysis on the major players, policy issues and
politics that will shape this legislative session and the future of Texas.
|10:00am - 10:15am
|10:15am - 11:15am
||Brian Sweany, Texas Monthly, One-on-One with John Colyandro, Executive Director, Texas Conservative
Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI)
Moderator: Brian Sweany, Editor-in-Chief, Texas
During this one-on-one, Mr. Colyandro will share his perspective on the
upcoming legislative session and the top policy issues and priorities for
Governor-elect Abbott and how those will impact the travel and tourism industry.
|11:30am - 12:30pm
|12:45pm - 1:45pm
||Outlook on the Budget and Taxes
This panel will discuss their insights into how the legislature will successfully craft a state budget amid the growing financial demands of public education and transportation. They will also discuss the implications of the state’s budget on important state travel and tourism programs that generate economic impact, tax revenues and jobs.
Panelists: George Christian, Attorney, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA); Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
|1:45pm - 2:00pm
|2:00pm - 3:00pm
||A Look at Texas Politics and the 84th Legislative Session - Panel Discussion
Providing lively dialogue and insights into what’s ahead for Texas politics and the coming 84th Legislative Session, this panel of experts will offer keen observations and thoughtful analysis on the major players, policy issues and the politics that will likely shape the legislative session.
Moderator: Brian Sweany, Editor-in-Chief, Texas Monthly
Panelists: Harvey Kronberg, Editor, Quorum Report; Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor, The Texas Tribune; and Erica Grieder, Senior Editor, Texas
|3:00pm - 3:15pm
|3:15pm - 4:15pm
Partner Legislative Updates
Travel industry partner associations will provide updates on their legislative agendas for the upcoming session.
Speakers: Justin Bragiel, General Counsel, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association; Carlton Schwab, President/CEO, Texas Economic Development Corporation; Brian Schaeffer, Executive Director/CEO, Texas Association of Campground Owners; and Kenneth Besserman, General Counsel, Texas Restaurant Association
|4:15pm - 4:30pm
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