Villanova, PA, January 16, 2013 – On December 5, the Villanova School of Business Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research hosted a half-day symposium in Washington, DC on the public policy and political impacts of the 2012 Presidential election. The event brought together industry executives, political operatives and senior Congressional staff and provided a forum to discuss the ramifications of the election.
Congressman Greg Walden, a senior member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, delivered the keynote address. In his speech, Walden discussed the impact of the so-called “fiscal cliff” and ways to avoid a stalemate that would ultimately harm all Americans.
Two panels followed Walden’s speech. The first panel focused on telecommunications, tax, commerce and the fiscal cliff. The panel featured Will Hansen, Executive Director of the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee, Alexa Marrero, Deputy Staff Director of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, and Jennifer Safavian, Staff Director of the House Committee on Ways & Means. The second panel looked at what is on the political horizon, and was comprised of Jim Ellis, Election Analyst for PRIsm Information Network, and Greg Speed, Executive Director of America Votes.
John Kozup, Director of the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research, said: “Partisan gridlock seems like the new normal in Washington these days. Yet, the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research brought senior policy makers from both sides of the political aisle together to discuss ways in which consensus-based solutions can help break the logjams on Capitol Hill. Hopefully, our symposium will mark an annual tradition where Democrats and Republicans alike can share ideas and identify pathways forward.”