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2021 Legislative Conference

Conference Information  

Feburary 22 - 25, 2021

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NAST will hold a week-long virtual experience for members to engage with federal policymakers and thought leaders. We will also include a number of virtual networking opportunities to allow members to engage with their colleagues from across the country. The event will run from Monday, February 22, through Thursday, February 25, and will be free to all NAST and Affiliate Network members.

WHAT: NAST Virtual Legislative Conference

WHEN: February 22 – February 25

WHERE: A Computer Near You

PRICE: Free to NAST and Affiliate Members. Registration required. 

Schedule at a Glance

Registered NAST members will have free access to all four days of programming. Each day of the conference will concentrate on separate issues based on NAST’s legislative priorities. All attendees are encouraged to log in for Day One, which will focus on general NAST legislative priorities and a Washington outlook. For Days Two-Four, attendees will log in to the programming depending on specific interests and duties.

Below is a draft agenda for the conference — details subject to change. 

Monday, February 22 — Day One

“New Year, New Congress and New Administration”

Opening General Session
12:00pm – 1:30pm ET 11:00am – 12:30pm CT /  10:00am – 11:30am MT 9:00am – 10:30am PT
Welcome Sponsor: Federated Hermes
Logo Sponsors: AKF Consulting, TD Bank, U.S. Bank and Verus Analytics

Incoming NAST Leadership will kickoff the conference with keynotes and discussions with federal decision makers on what’s in store for 2021, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers:
Treasurer Kelly Mitchell (IN), NAST President
General John R. Allen, President at The Brookings Institution 

Welcoming the New Congress: “What’s in Store for the 117th?”
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET / 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT / 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT / 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Logo Sponsors: AKF Consulting and Verus Analytics
Members will hear from policy experts and federal decision makers about what we can expect out of the new Congress and what issues are rising to the top of the agenda in Washington.

State of the States Roundtable [Limited to Treasurers and Senior Treasury Staff]
4:00pm – 5:00pm ET / 3:00pm – 4:00pm CT / 2:00pm – 3:00pm MT / 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Incoming President, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell of Indiana, will host a roundtable discussion among the nation’s State Treasurers and senior staff. Participants will be asked to provide a brief recap of their role and the state of their state’s finances. This event will be a chance for Treasurers to meet their peers from across the country.

Tuesday, February 23 — Day Two

“Infrastructure: Funding, Financing and the State-Federal Partnership”

Is 2021 the Year for Infrastructure?
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET 11:00am – 12:00pm CT /  10:00am – 11:00am MT 9:00am – 10:00am PT
Logo Sponsors: AKF Consulting, U.S. Bank and Verus Analytics
A panel of infrastructure policy experts will examine the state of discussions on infrastructure and will weigh in on whether or not 2021 will finally be the year of infrastructure.

Municipal Bonds: The State and Federal Partnership
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET / 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT / 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT / 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Logo Sponsors: AKF Consulting and Verus Analytics
Speakers will discuss the tax-exemption on municipal bonds and provide updates on various bond proposals in Congress. Topics will include direct subsidy bonds, advance refunding bonds and many more. 

Speakers:
Emily Brock, Director of the Federal Liaison Center, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

SDMN Virtual Networking Event
4:00pm – 5:00pm ET / 3:00pm – 4:00pm CT / 2:00pm – 3:00pm MT / 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Background Logo Sponsor: TIAA
Welcome Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Join the State Debt Management Network (SDMN) for a virtual networking event. Participants will get the chance to network with other state debt professionals across topical breakout rooms. 

Wednesday, February 24 — Day Three

“Helping Families Save for Stronger Futures”

Updates on 529 
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET 11:00am – 12:00pm CT /  10:00am – 11:00am MT 9:00am – 10:00am PT
Logo Sponsors: AKF Consulting, The Vanguard Group and Verus Analytics
Attendees will hear the latest legislative and regulatory updates relating to 529 college savings plans.

Updates on ABLE 
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET / 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT / 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT / 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Logo Sponsor: AKF Consulting, U.S. Bank and Verus Analytics
Attendees will hear the latest legislative and regulatory updates relating to ABLE plans.

ABLE Virtual Networking Event
4:00pm – 5:00pm ET / 3:00pm – 4:00pm CT / 2:00pm – 3:00pm MT / 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Background Logo Sponsor: TIAA
Join the College Savings Plan Network (CSPN) and NAST ABLE Committee for a virtual networking event. Participants will get the chance to network with other state professionals across topical breakout rooms. 

Thursday, February 25 — Day Four

“Deeper Dive into 2021”

NAST Legislative Agenda Updates
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET / 11:00am – 12:00pm CT / 10:00am – 11:00am MT / 9:00am – 10:00am PT
Welcome Sponsor: Kelmar Associates
Logo Sponsors: AKF Consulting and Verus Analytics
Attendees will hear the latest legislative and regulatory updates relating to NAST priorities, including the latest in the push for the Unclaimed Savings Bond Act (USBA), retirement security, Investment Adviser Alignment Act, and much more. 

NAUPA States Unclaimed Retirement Clearinghouse
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET / 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT / 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT / 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Logo Sponsors: AKF Consulting, Audit Services and Verus Analytics
Join the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) for a discussion of the States Unclaimed Retirement Clearinghouse project. Participants will receive a primer on the project before getting the chance to ask questions and learn more about this exciting new venture.

NAUPA Virtual Networking Event
4:00pm – 5:00pm ET / 3:00pm – 4:00pm CT / 2:00pm – 3:00pm MT / 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Background Logo Sponsor: TIAA
Welcome Sponsor: Verus Analytics
Join the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) for a virtual networking event. Participants will get the chance to network with other state professionals across topical breakout rooms. 

Conference Sponsors 

NAST would like to thank our 2021 Legislative Conference sponsors: