Searching for new ways to spark the public dialectic, the Phoenix Center once again this fall held its Annual State Educational Retreat at the Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
The purpose of this Retreat was to bring together a select group of selected regulators and legislators, a “blue ribbon” faculty from academia and government, and several keynote speakers for a series of briefings and informal exchanges about the interaction of regulation, economics and technological change. Unlike other conferences, the Phoenix Center Retreat was intended solely to provide regulators the opportunity to expand their knowledge through open and honest discussions with colleagues from across the nation. As such, this Retreat was true a “roll-up your sleeves” event: no press, no lobbyists, working meals, etc. – just policymakers and our faculty candidly talking policy in an intimate, academic setting
As always, our “blue ribbon” faculty and guest speakers were of the highest caliber. For example, in addition to the Phoenix Center’s accomplished staff, delegates heard presentations from Andrew Langer - Regulatory Manager for the National Federation of Independent Business, Jerry Duvall – Chief Economist, FCC International Bureau, Kent Nilsson – Special Counsel, FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, and Brad Ramsay – General Counsel, NARUC. In addition, evening keynote and discussion sessions were respectively led by FCC General Counsel Sam Feder and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.
Thomas Koutsky, Resident Scholar - The Phoenix Center, and Lawrence Spiwak, President - The Phoenix Center
George Ford, Chief Economist - The Phoenix Center
Jerry Duvall, Chief Economist - FCC International Bureau
Andrew Langer, Manager - Regulatory Affairs, National Federation of Independent Business