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2024 Legislative Conference

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Join us in Washington, DC for the NAST Legislative Conference!

March 10-12, 2024

Conference Schedule 

Registration is now open for NAST’s Legislative Conference in Washington, DC at the newly renovated Westin DC Downtown. All events will take place at the hotel unless otherwise noted. All conference events are business casual. The agenda includes in-depth panels, discussion groups, and expert keynote speakers. Events are open to all attendees unless otherwise noted. Agenda is subject to modification.

Sunday, March 10

2:00-3:00 PM Retirement Security & Pensions Committee Meeting

3:00-4:00 PM Treasurer Emeritus Meeting (Invitation only)

4:00-5:00 PM NAST Board of Directors and NAST Foundation Board of Directors (Including National Institute of Public Finance Update)

5:00-6:00 PM CSPN Board Meeting

5:30-6:00 PM New Member & First Time Attendee Reception (Invitation only)

6:00-7:30 PM Welcome Reception in the Magnolia Ballroom at the Westin Hotel

Monday, March 11

7:30-8:30 AM Networking Breakfast

8:30-8:50 AM Welcome from NAST President Treasurer Michael Frerichs (IL) and Host Treasurer Carmen Pigler (DC)                        

9:00-10:00 AM Plenary Session #1
The Future of Public Finance Work
With retirements up, staffing down and many positions hard to fill, how is your office conducting the internal knowledge transfer? Hear from a national expert on potential solutions to this age-old problem. 

10:15-11:15 AM Plenary Session #2
CIO Roundtable: Insights on Investing Amid Market Uncertainty
Historic & persistent inflation, bank meltdowns, and global geo-political conflict are just some of the factors that impacted the global economy over the last year and prompted a prediction for a recession that somehow didn’t happen. Given all of this and where things actually stand today, we’ll explore a variety of strategies and approaches utilized by seasoned Chief Investment Officers from Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Hear how they’re managing in an uncertain environment, continuing to generate alpha for portfolios, and which sectors they believe will offer the strongest protections and risk-adjusted returns.

11:30-12:30 PM Plenary Session #3
Unlocking Retirement Savings: The Journey and Impact of the Saver’s Match in Secure 2.0
This session will explore the creation, implementation, and implications of the Saver’s Match on retirement savings, ABLE savings, and state-facilitated retirement programs

12:30-1:45 PM Networking Lunch & Keynote Presentation
                           Keynote Presentation
                           Chris Allen Memorial Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Public Finance

2:00-3:00 PM The Role of the State Treasury Offices and Federal Advocacy 
In this breakout session, attendees will hear from the NAST advocacy team regarding the top NAST priorities. The information provided in this session is intended to provide attendees with the tools and information needed to effectively advocate for NAST priorities on The Hill. All attendees that will be attending meetings with members of Congress are encouraged to attend.

2:30-4:00 PM Q&A on State-Facilitated Retirement Programs

3:00-5:00 PM ABLE Savings Plans Network (ASPN) Meeting

3:30-4:30 PM Corporate Affiliate Board Meeting

4:00-5:00 PM Treasurers’ Meeting (Invitation only)

4:00-5:00 PM Deputy Treasurers/Chiefs of Staff Caucus Meeting (Invitation only)

7:00-9:00 PM Evening Reception in the Great Hall and Luce Center at the National Portrait Gallery. 
Just a short walk from the hotel, the Museum was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission to acquire and display portraits of individuals who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States. 

Tuesday, March 12

8:00-9:00 AM Networking Breakfast

Travel to Capitol Hill 

9:30-11:45 AM Congressional Speakers
Attendees will hear from numerous Congressional members as they stop by our our meeting room to discuss issues of priority to State Treasurers, including College savings and ABLE accounts.

Congressional Appointments
Conference programming will end at 11:45 AM. We encourage you to schedule Hill and Administration appointments starting after noon. Please schedule your meetings ahead of time since each office has their own COVID protocols. Directions to various House and Senate Office Buildings will be provided at the Congressional Speakers Session in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. Transportation back to the hotel will be on your own. 

Conference Hotel

Westin Washington, DC Downtown

Join us for NAST’s Legislative Conference at the newly renovated and rebranded Westin DC Downtown located at 999 9th St NW. The hotel is within blocks of the Gallery Place-Chinatown, Mount Vernon Square/7th Street and Metro Center Metro stops and is a 15 minute cab ride from Washington National Airport (DCA). All events will take place at the hotel unless otherwise noted.

Rooms are available at the Westin for $309/night and can be reserved here.

Attendees can also reserve rooms by calling 800.228.9290 and mentioning NAST Legislative Conference or code NSC. Rooms are available at this rate until February 16, 2024. For assistance, please contact us.

Registration and Ticket Information 

Member Type
Early Bird (Jan 4-Feb 2)
Regular (Feb 3-26)
Onsite (Feb 27-March 12)
Treasurers, Staff, and Networks
Other Gov’t and Nonprofit
Corporate Affiliate
Private Sector Non-Member
Guest Type
Full Conference (All Meals)
Both Evening Events
Sunday Reception
Monday Dinner
Guest (Family/Non-Business)

Conference Sponsors 

NAST would like to thank our 2024 Legislative Conference sponsors:

Would you like to become a conference sponsor?