During this lunch event each center's research director gave an overview of our latest research and analysis on the key issues facing legislators this Session.
Michael Ennis was the key note speaker discussing Five Principles of Responsible Transportation Policy. He also moderated a panel on transportation issues.
On Thursday, January 22, 2009, WPC's Center for Education held its formal kick-off event in Seattle. The event featured Professor Bill Ouchi (pronounced "OH-chi") of the Anderson School of Management UCLA, an expert in organizational design and a pioneer in the empirical study of K-12 public school management. His book,Making Schools Work (Simon and Schuster), which examined the management of six large urban school districts, found that those districts which allowed principals to control their budgets were able to significantly raise student achievement. He is currently at work on his next book, The Secret of Total Student Load, to be published by Simon and Schuster in the fall of 2009.
The Federalist Leadership Center teaches leadership courses nationwide based on the federalist ideas of America's Founders and held a half-day school in Olympia for college students and young activists. The school, co-sponsored by Washington Policy Center, was conducted by Professor Donald Devine, Ronald Reagan's head of the civil service when they cut 100,000 bureaucratic jobs and saved over $6 billion reducing bloated benefits. Devine, the former CEO of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is director of the Federalist Leadership Center and professor at Bellevue University.
Over the past several weeks Washington Policy Center has held Small Business Forums in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Bellevue, Wenatchee, Tacoma, and Vancouver. We've been holding these forums for three years and 2008 brought the most participants ever!
The Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society and Washington Policy Center presented a panel discussion on the economic bail-out.
Dr. John Lott, Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland Foundation,
Dr. Alan Hess, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, University of Washington,
Dr. Mike Siegel, long-time Seattle talk-radio host as moderator
Washington Policy Center is co-sponsored the event with Women of Washington.
Stephen Moore, a member of the The Wall Street Journal editorial board and senior economics writer, spoke about the current economic situation and what the future may hold.
On October 1st, Washington Policy Center hosted it's Annual Dinner featuring 2008 Columbia Award Recipient Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic. 2008 Stanley O. McNaughton Champion of Freedom Award Recipient Phil Smart, Sr. was also honored. Commenting on the 2008 election was the Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard and FOX News Commentator Fred Barnes.
Our Annual Dinner Welcomed More than 1,000 People for a Night of Celebration and Insight. You can watch the dinner on TVW, October 13th at 12:00am, 8:00am and 4:00pm. Watch the video online here:
On July 15th, WPC was pleased to have acclaimed author Bjørn Lomborg as our keynote speaker. Mr. Lomborg’s best sellers include Cool It and The Skeptical Environmentalist. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004 and one of the "50 people who could save the planet" by the UK Guardian in 2008.