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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions: A Conversation with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular Travel Channel series but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. Come join this discussion to learn about innovative partnerships, initiatives and data-driven strategies such as Taste of the NFL and Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.

Book signing with Andrew Zimmern to immediately follow session.


  • Presiding:
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
  • Speaker:
  • Kim Nelson, General Mills, Minnesota
  • Andrew Zimmern, Travel Channel, Minnesota

 

3:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Military & Veterans Affairs Economic Outlook

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Discuss potential federal defense spending cuts and the impact it will have on states.

  • Panelist:
  • Tim Ford, Association of Defense Communities Washington D.C.
  • Michael Gilroy, Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, Virginia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

Border-to-Border Broadband: Making Access to High-Speed Internet a Priority in Minnesota

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Minnesota set goals to ensure, by 2015, that all its residents and businesses have high-speed broadband Internet access and that the state be a leader, nationally and globally, for broadband utilization. Learn about Minnesota's broadband development efforts, including legislative and policy initiatives to accelerate achieving these goals. (Continental breakfast.)

  • Facilitator:
  • Senator Matt Schmit, Minnesota
  • Speaker:
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Governor's Task Force on Broadband, Minnesota
  • Rick King, Thomson Reuters, Minnesota
  • Danna Mackenzie, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this breakfast.
 

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

Labor & Economic Development Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Discuss and vote on the reauthorization of Veterans' Affairs, Impact Aid, Funding Cuts, Employment and Educational Assistance Resolution. Review, discuss and vote on any other policies.


 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Resources for Reemployment and Workforce Development Discussion

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Even with unemployment rates at five-year lows, there are many people still struggling to gain employment. Learn what workforce services are available in the states to help the long term unemployed get back to work, and participate in an open forum discussion on what your state is doing to help people return to the workforce.

  • Speaker:
  • Yvette Chocolaad, National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Washington, D.C.
  • Marc Katz, National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Washington, D.C.

 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Arts in Education & Workforce Lunch

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, is demonstrating how arts education can have a dramatic impact in the country’s lowest-performing schools. Hear from members and staff of the President's Committee on the impact of the arts on often-ignored elements of reform – attendance, parent engagement, school climate, and other school turnaround indicators. Come learn about the role of the arts in shaping the lives and development of future generations, both in the classroom and in their careers.

  • Speaker:
  • Senator Richard J. Cohen, Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Minnesota
  • Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President's Committee On the Arts and the Humanities, Washington, D.C.
  • Ron Gubitz, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, Louisiana
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy award-winning cellist & Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Massachusetts
  • Narric Rome, Americans For the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Americans for the Arts for sponsoring this lunch.
 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Small Business Development & Growth

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Discover innovative ways for your state to develop and utilize resources for expanding job growth.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Gary D. LeBeau, Connecticut
  • Panelist:
  • Jon Lieber, Thumbtack, California
  • Terry Richards, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia
  • Mihailo Temali, The Neighborhood Development Center, Minnesota

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

States Debate Minimum Wage

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 1
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
As some states debate a minimum wage increase, the question becomes if an increase costs or creates jobs. Find out how states are answering that question and what actions they are taking while a federal proposed increase has not moved in Congress.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Anna I. Fairclough, Alaska
  • Panelist:
  • Delegate Talmadge Branch, Maryland
  • Senator Gary Dahms, Minnesota
  • Representative Ryan Winkler, Minnesota
  • Representative Monica C. Youngblood, New Mexico