Government reform expert, former presidential advisor to present next month at Kentucky Chamber’s Business Summit and Annual Meeting

Leaders to discuss how to shape the course of Kentucky’s future

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 20, 2013) — Business leaders will gather next month in Louisville to discuss ways to move Kentucky forward, learn from experts and explore solutions to some of the state’s biggest challenges.

untitledThe Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Business Summit and Annual Meeting, set for July 22-23 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, will offer opportunities to discuss issues related to local, national and international economies. The summit will tackle key issues, including healthcare reform; the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and innovation; postsecondary education research; and offer a look at Kentucky’s coal economy and public-private partnerships.

David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and former presidential advisor, will offer the keynote address “The Obama Administration, Congress and the Future of U.S. Political Parties” during Monday night’s Annual Meeting dinner.

Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Gergen’s political career has spanned four decades and he has served as a presidential advisor during the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.

On Tuesday, Maurice McTigue, vice president for outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, will discuss how to produce workable and sustainable changes in the way government conducts business in today’s sharply divided political climate. McTigue brings practical experience and scholarly research to the table from his distinguished career as a former cabinet minister and member of parliament in his native New Zealand.

The two-day meeting concludes Tuesday with a panel discussion – featuring KentuckyOne Health CEO Ruth Brinkley, Dr. Michael Karpf of the University of Kentucky, Baptist Health CEO Stephen Hanson, and Norton CEO Stephen Williams – about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Kentucky.

“I can’t think of a better way to get an intense, graduate-school-level overview of contemporary Kentucky,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.
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