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TTIA Public Policy Forum 2010
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When: December 1, 2010
Where: Omni Austin Hotel Southpark
4140 Governors Row
Austin, Texas  78744
United States
Contact: Jennifer Roush

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*The Public Policy Forum was held on December 1, 2010 and is held every other year.  The information below is for reference only. 

About the Public Policy Forum:

Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune, headlines a powerful collection of political analysts, insiders and public officials who will offer expert insight into what is shaping up to be the most important legislative session in decades 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.

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4140 Governors Row
Austin, Texas 78744

2010 Registration Rates
$100 - 1st participant
$75 - each additional participant from same organization

2010 Schedule

8:15 am - 9:00amRegistration
9:00am - 9:05amWelcome
9:05am - 9:50amElection Results Analysis and Predictions for the 82nd Legislative Session.
Speaker: Evan Smith, CEO and Editor in Chief of the Texas Tribune
9:50am - 10:35amTourism Agencies: Legislative Update/Outlook
Aaron Demerson, Executive Director, Office of the Governor, EDT
Gary Gibbs, Executive Director, Texas Commission on the Arts
Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Texas Historical Commission
Carter Smith, Executive Director, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Steve Simmons, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation
Moderator: David Teel, President/CEO, Texas Travel Industry Association
10:35am - 10:50amBreak
10:50am - 11:35amLegislative Panel: Tourism Issues
Rep. Donna Howard, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Rep. Todd Hunter, Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Moderator: David Dunham, Chair, TTIA Legislative Affairs Committee
11:45am - 1:00pmLunch
Travel Matters: An Update on TTIA’s Advocacy Efforts
Presenter: David Teel, President/CEO, Texas Travel Industry Association
1:15pm - 2:00pmLegislative Panel: Budget & Taxes
Rep. Jim Pitts, Chair of House Appropriations Committee
Rep. Larry Taylor, Member of House Ways & Means Committee
Moderator: Keith Arnold, President/CEO, Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau
2:00pm - 2:45pmInfluential Connections: Building Capitol Relationships That Deliver
The 82nd Legislative Session may be the most pivotal ever for the Texas travel and tourism industry. The success of our public policy effort depends upon you - the constituent - as much as it does upon powerful Austin lobbyists. Learn how to cultivate a close relationship with your legislator and their staff and how your voice can be a powerful part of a successful grassroots advocacy effort.
Panelists: Denise Davis, Chief of Staff for Speaker of the House Joe Straus
Don Green, Senior Advisor for the Lt. Governor's Office
Ray Sullivan, Chief of Staff Governor's Office
2:45pm - 3:30pmUpdates from Tourism Partner Associations
Panelists: Ron Hinkle, TTIA/TACO Lobbyist
Richie Jackson, Texas Restaurant Association
Scott Joslove, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association
Allan Hughes, Board Member, Texas Association of Campground Owners

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