Annual Minnesota Policy Conference

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  • Date: October 11, 2018
  • Theme: Frontline Minnesota: Building on Our Strengths and Addressing Challenges
  • Cost: $185 until Sept 29 | $235 thereafter | student rates available (see registration section)
  • CEUs: 6 contact hours/0.6 CEUs
  • Location: Graduate Minneapolis, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
  • For:  Anyone involved in informing, designing, and developing policy in Minnesota
  • Connect: #mnpolicy—join the conversation on Twitter! 

For over 30 years the Minnesota Policy Conference has served as the premiere opportunity for individuals from all sectors who are involved in policy work to gain insight into policy trends and solutions. The conference is an incubator for policy development and coalition building as issues, ideas, tools and examples from across Minnesota are shared.


Program at a Glance

Morning Activities 7:30–10:15 a.m.

7:30–8:30 a.m.—Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30–8:45 a.m.—Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45–9:45 a.m.—We CAN All Do Better, Mary Brainerd, Former CEO, HealthPartners and Chair of the Center for Economic Inclusion
9:45–10:15 a.m.—Break

Concurrent Sessions 10:15–11:30 a.m.

Session Title
1 How Can Philanthropy Improve the Condition of Our Democracy?
2 The Future of Work and Workers in Minnesota—What Do We Know Now?
3 Who Can You Trust These Days? Minnesotans’ Perspectives on Institutions    
4 Battling Together: Approaches to Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch

Concurrent Session 12:45–2:00 p.m.

Session Title
5 A Buyer’s Guide to Economic Impact Analysis 
6 Statewide Approaches to Affordable Housing
7 High-Resolution Climate Projections to Aid Local Planning and Implementation Efforts    
8 Mapping Prejudice: Racial Covenants and Structural Racism in Minneapolis
2:00–2:15 p.m. Break

Concurrent Sessions 2:15–3:30 p.m.

Session Title
9 Impacts of Federal Tax Reform: The Real-Life Experience
10 Strengthening Our Skilled Workforce    
11 Setting the Stage for Autonomous Vehicles—Bravos Versus Jeers
12 Health Equity: Cross-Sector Solutions for Cross-Sector Policy Issues
3:30–3:45 p.m.       Break
3:45 Closing Session: Tony Buettner, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones Project
4:30 Reception
5:30 Adjourn




Online Registration

Use the online registration when registering a single person and paying with a credit card. After registering online, you will receive “Registration Confirmation” and “Receipt” emails from (check your Spam folder if you don’t see them in your email Inbox).

Paper Registration

Use the paper registration form when registering multiple people, registering someone other than yourself, or when need to have the registration fee billed to your organization.

Conference Fees

The early fee for the conference is $185, or $235 after September 29, 2018. Full-time students can register at the special student rate of $85 (early fee), or $110 after September 29, 2018. Students must use the paper registration form to register for the conference and email a current fee statement to to be eligible for the student rate. The registration fee includes all sessions, materials, continental breakfast, lunch, breaks, and the reception.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund of the registration fee—minus a $30 cancellation fee—will be made if written cancellation is received by October 5, 2018. Cancellations after this date are not eligible for a refund. The University reserves the right to cancel the conference if necessary and in this event would issue a full refund.

Location and Directions

The conference will take place at Graduate Minneapolis, 615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. The hotel is conveniently off the METRO Green Line. Parking is available for a fee in the Washington Avenue and University Avenue Ramps. Read more about directions, parking, and travel options.


Join the crucial conversation that affects all of Minnesota by becoming a sponsor for the 34th Annual Minnesota Policy Conference! This year’s theme is Frontline Minnesota: Building on Our Strengths and Addressing Challenges. This forum unites economic and policy analysts from all levels of government and education, administrators, appointed and elected officials, representatives from business and nonprofit organizations, and individuals interested in policy analysis and the impact of policy-making in our communities.

Sponsors are asked to contribute the following to this conference

  • Promote the conference to your constituents (list the conference on your website, include information in newsletters, send email announcements and promote on social media).
  • Provide financial support: see sponsorship levels and benefits below. Sponsor funds provide valuable dollars to keep cost of attendance as low as possible to enable a diversity of organizations and individuals to participate in this valuable conference.

Sponsors receive the following in appreciation of their contributions

  • Recognition on all conference marketing pieces, including conference program, website, news releases, Twitter, and recognition at the event.
  • The opportunity to serve on the planning committee and shape the program content.
  • Complimentary or reduced-rate registration to attend the conference.

For sponsor questions, please contact Jules Miller: or 612-625-2765.


Sponsorship Levels and Benefits Platinum $5,000 Gold $3,000 Silver $1,000 Supporter $500
Recognition on the Minnesota Policy
Conference Website
x x x x
Recognition on all printed material at the Conference x x x x
Free conference registration 4x 2x 1x 1 @ $135
Recognized by the emcee at the Conference opening x x x  
Recognized as a luncheon or reception sponsor x x    
Recognized as a student sponsor x      
Introduce the keynote speaker x      
Recognition on social media x x x  

2018 Planning Committee

Paul Anton, Anton Economics
Peter Bodurtha, Hennepin County
Kathie Doty, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
Rey Galope, Metro State University
Nathan Hierlmaier, Minnesota Department of Health
Beth Kittelson, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Shawn Kremer, Minnesota Department of Management and Budget
Sarah Linville, Department of Human Services
Dan Loritz, Center for Policy Design
Dan Marckel, Metropolitan Council
Danny Nadeau, Hennepin County
Kristen A. Norman-Major, Hamline University; Co-Chair
Jill Roberts, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Katherine Schill, Minnesota House of Representatives; Chair
Lindsay Turner, Wilder Foundation
Kaade Wallace, Catholic Charities
Jeffrey Weinhagen, Metropolitan Council

University of Minnesota Staff

Rhonda Layer
Jules Miller
Julie Megow
Maddie Grover
Marie Villano

Contact Info

Program Information
612-625-2765 |

Registration Information
612-625-2900 |

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