One of the perks of membership in the Governmental Research Association is the benefits of attending its annual conference at which its members meet to discuss professional matters, exchange ideas, and recognize outstanding research efforts.

July 21 – 24, 2019

The much awaited 2019 registration for the GRA 105th annual meeting is now LIVE! Make sure your organization takes advantage of early bird pricing by June 4th.

Florida TaxWatch invites you to the Governmental Research Association’s 105th Conference and Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, FL, from July 21 – 24, 2019.

The host hotel is the beautiful Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club. A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at $179/night. The hotel has set up a special link for room reservations here.

If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, the hotel has set up special phone numbers for GRA reservations. They are: Toll Free: 1-888-789-3090; Local Phone: 1-888-303-4430.

New this year to the conference will be two separate tracks: policy sessions and skills sessions. Bring your whole organization! We want this conference to be the best professional development for your entire team from policy researchers to communications officers to executive directors. We promise it will be fun with opportunities for team bonding too.


Thomas Ross, president of The Volcker Alliance, will be our key note speaker hitting on the hot topic of state government budgets.

Policy Sessions:

How policy organizations can leverage the new media landscape Bill Nichols, Vice President at Freedman Consulting, LLC, and former founding Managing Editor of POLITICO.
Starting Wage PolicyJeff Hornstein, Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Criminal JusticeShawn Teigen, Vice-President and Research Director at Utah Foundation
School Leaders and Educational Reform – including real school leaders!
Medicaid Expansion and HealthcareTimothy Michling, Research Associate at Citizens Research Council of Michigan

Learn about how our organizations are using priorities projects to lift citizen voice up in the 2020 elections. Guests include Bert Brandenburg of Ward Circle Solutions and Steve Kull of Voice of the People.

Meet special guests Jeff Chapman of Pew Charitable Trusts, and Jen Zuckerman of the World Food Policy Center.

Skills Sessions:

Podcasts, Making Recommendations, Mapping, Events, Social Media, Surveying


Florida Environment Excursion, MLB Tampa Bay Rays v. Boston Red Sox, Dali Museum, Clearwater Aquarium and more


The awards rules and submission guidelines can be found here. Online fillable entry form can be found here. Submissions are due by June 7, 2019. Winners will be notified by July 8, 2019, and will be invited to make a presentation at the St. Petersburg conference.

Feel free to contact Nate Barilich of EducationNC at for any questions or clarification.