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Conference Schedule
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
7:45 a.m. First bus leaves the Capitol
8:00 a.m. Second bus leaves the Capitol
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • Connect with colleagues
  • Find bill co-authors
  • Explore interactive technology displays

9:00 a.m.    Welcome
J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Humphrey Institute

9:05 a.m.    Program Overview and Introduction of Speakers
Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Minnesota House of Representatives

9:15 a.m.    Session One
The Fresh Numbers on Minnesota’s Changing Demographics and Economy

Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota State Demographer
Tom Stinson, Minnesota State Economist

9:45 a.m.    Session Two
Sink Holes in New York City: The Challenge of Aging Infrastructure Systems in American States and Cities
Introduction of speaker by Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher


Joel Tarr, Professor, Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University

10:30 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m.    Session Three
Paying Tomorrow’s Bills: The Looming Costs to State Government of Post-retirement Health Care and Pensions
Introduction of speakers by Senator David Senjem, Senate Minority Leader

Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Government Performance Project Editors, Governing magazine

11:30 p.m.     Session Four
The Future is Now: Investing in the Knowledge Economy

Presenter via interactive videoconference:
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

12:15 p.m.     Break
Group moves to the Atrium of the Carlson School of Management
12:30 p.m.     Lunch

Panel Discussion
Opportunities for Collaboration and Innovation: A Report from Foundations on Partnerships Statewide
Introduction of speakers by Senator Larry Pogemiller, Senate Majority Leader

Sandra Vargas, President and CEO, Minneapolis Foundation
Kathryn Wolford, President, McKnight Foundation
Moderator: Lawrence R. Jacobs, Director, Center for the Study of Politics
and Governance

1:30 p.m.    Break
Group moves back to the Humphrey Center
2:00 p.m.    Session Five
Interactive Workshop: Finding Shared Interests and Achieving Mutual Gains
Introduction of facilitator by Representative Marty Seifert, House Minority Leader

Presenter and Facilitator: David Landis, Director, Urban Development
Department, City of Lincoln, NE; Former Nebraska State Senator and Revenue
Committee Chair
4:00 p.m.    Reflections and Lessons from House and Senate Leadership

4:15 p.m.    Reception and Afternoon Refreshments
Exhibitors from legislative interest groups:
  • 2020 Conference
  • Civic Life Legislative Working Group
  • Early Childhood Caucus
  • I-90 Coalition
  • Legislative Effectiveness Group
  • Mental Health Caucus
  • Minnesota Legislative Sports Caucus
5:00 p.m.    Bus leaves for the Capitol

Rep. Kathy Tingelstad (651) 296-5369 or (763) 421-2000
Sen. Kathy Saltzman (651) 296-4166 or
Kate Krzesinski (Humphrey Institute) (612) 625-8330 or

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Minnesota Legislature | Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, which acknowledges the support of Target Corporation