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2023 Annual Conference

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Register now for the NAST Annual Conference!

October 1-4, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV

Conference Schedule 

Registration is now available for the NAST Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV at the Flamingo Hotel.
All events will take place at the hotel unless otherwise noted. The conference is business casual for all events except Tuesday evening, which is casual.  The agenda below is subject to modification. The complete agenda, including speakers’ bios, will be in the online conference app. Log in information will be sent to attendees prior to the event, along with an attendee roster. See below for hotel information and rates. 

Health and Safety Notice
NAST is considering the health and safety of all conference attendees and staff during the 2023 Annual Conference. NAST encourages participants to take their precautions when attending activities occurring at the conference, including being vaccinated/boosted and wearing face masks. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be readily available onsite.

Conference Program PDF Available Here 

Sunday, October 1

2:30-3:30 PM Treasurer Emeritus Meeting (Invitation Only) 

3:45-4:45 PM NIPF Board of Trustees Meeting and NIPF debrief 

5:00-5:30 PM First Time Attendee & New Member Welcome Reception (Invitation Only)

5:30-7:00 PM Welcome Reception at the Flamingo Hotel

Monday, October 2

8:00-9:00 AM Networking Breakfast

9:00-9:30 AM Conference Kick Off
Speakers: NAST President Treasurer Josh Haeder (SD) & Host State Treasurer Zach Conine (NV)

9:30-10:30 AM Warning: Gale Force Demographic Head Gust Ahead
America is facing a series of demographic headwinds that will have enormous implications for our future workforce, workplaces, and consumer markets.
Speaker: James H. Johnson, Jr. Ph.D.
Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

10:45-11:15 AM Federal Legislative Update
Speakers: NAST and Williams & Jensen

11:15-12:00 PM Fiscal State of the States
How does your state hold up to current fiscal pressures? 
Speaker: Shelby Kerns, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO)

12:00-1:15 PM Networking Lunch and Awards Presentation

1:30-3:30 PM NAST Annual Business Meeting & Officer Elections

3:45-4:45 PM NAST Corporate Affiliate Board Meeting 

4:00-5:00 PM NAUPA Leadership Meeting

7:00-9:30 PM Evening Reception at the Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement

Tuesday, October 3

8:00-9:00 AM Networking Breakfast

9:00-9:45 AM The Greatest Arena on Earth
Hear from a leading expert on the economic and marketing benefits of hosting high-profile sporting events, such as the NFL’s Pro Bowl and Draft in 2022, Super Bowl LVIII in 2024, the NCAA Final Four in 2028, and an annual Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix this fall. 
Speaker: Steve Hill, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

10:00-11:00 AM Sports Betting & State Regulations
A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision found that the federal law banning state-sanctioned sports wagering was unconstitutional. What impact will this decision have on public finance programs? Join us to learn about how sports betting intersects with unclaimed property, state revenues, and bond financing.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM Infrastructure at a Crossroads
With billions of federal dollars available to states for infrastructure projects from the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF), states need to ensure they are maximizing the money that available. Hear from experts on what states can and should be doing to ensure they don’t miss out on opportunities to improve their communities.
Speakers: Treasurer Michael Frerichs (IL), Henry Cisneros, Chairman and Co-Founder of American Triple I Partners, Morteza Farajian, Executive Director at Build America Bureau, and Thomas Mulvihill, Managing Director and Group Head of Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnerships, KeyBanc Capital Markets

12:15-1:15 PM Networking Lunch

1:30-3:00 PM Treasurers’ Roundtable

3:15-4:15 PM Deputy Treasurers/Chiefs of Staff Caucus Meeting (Invitation Only) 

3:15-4:15 PM Debt Managers Roundtable

4:30-5:30 PM Pension and Trust Investment Committee Meeting
All attendees are welcome to attend this Committee meeting to hear from representatives from PEW, and ILPA as they discuss the 
SEC’s recently-approved Private Funds Advisers Rule, leveraging retirement to the betterment of communities, as well as a roundtable discussion on state facilitated retirement issues.

6:30-9:00 PM Dinner, Bowling and Entertainment at the Brooklyn Bowl to “Eat. Drink. Rock. And Roll.”

Wednesday, October 4

8:00-9:00 AM Networking Breakfast

9:00-10:30 AM NAST presents Tools to Use! 
Take advantage of all the tools and resources NAST has for its members.

Registration and Ticket Information 

Member Type
Early Bird (July 18-August 18)
Regular (August 19-Sept 22)
Onsite (Sept 23-October 4)
Treasurers, Staff, and Networks
Other Gov’t and Nonprofit
Corporate Affiliate
Private Sector Non-Member
Guest Type
Full Conference (All Meals)
All Evening Events
Sunday Reception
Monday Dinner
Tuesday Dinner
Guest (Family/Non-Business)

Conference Hotel

Flamingo Hotel

The Annual Conference is being held at the Flamingo Hotel located in Las Vegas at 3555 Las Vegas Blvd South. The hotel is a 15-20 minute cab ride from Harry Reid International Airport (LAS). All events will take place at the hotel unless otherwise noted.

Rooms are available at the Flamingo for two different rates: $129/night for Friday and Saturday and $69/night for Monday-Tuesday and can be reserved here

*Our room block is now closed, but rooms are still available at the hotel’s best available rate.* 

A daily resort fee of $39.95 per room, per night will be charged in addition to the room rates listed above. Rooms are available at this rate until September 15, 2023. Attendees must book online for the block rate, booking by phone is not available. For assistance, please contact us.

For more information about the City of Lights, visit the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority’s website.

Conference Sponsors 

NAST would like to thank our 2023 Annual Conference sponsors: