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Dr. Arthur Brooks of American Enterprise Institute to address 2014 PLC

Dr. Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, will address the 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference on the importance of free markets and the value of entrepreneurship in our economy. He is author of the recent New York Times best-seller The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise. Dr. Brooks' speech will be followed by a panel presentation moderated by Tom Smith, the 2012 Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate, entitled How Free Market Capitalism Raises All Boats.

The 25th annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will be held April 4-5, 2014 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA. Complete information on the conference including agenda, speaker information and registration is available at www.paleadershipconference.org.

"This portion of the conference will address the failure of rapidly expanding government intrusion into the private sector and focus on why free markets have been and again could be the engine that drives the American economy," explained Lowman S. Henry, President of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council.

Joining Tom Smith on the How Free Market Capitalism Raises All Boats panel will be Gwenne Alexander of ACTION for PA, State Senator Michael Folmer, Leo Knepper from the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, State Representative David Reed and William Ruger from the Charles Koch Institute.

The premiere gathering of conservatives each year in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference this year will include featured dinner speaker Jonah Goldberg of National Review/Fox News, luncheon speaker Michael Reagan, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Mike Kelly. Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

This year's conference will also feature four interactive panel presentations including: Obamacare: No Magic Beans moderated by Anna McCauslin of Americans for Prosperity/PA; How Free Market Capitalism Raises All Boats with moderator Tom Smith, 2012 GOP U.S. Senate Nominee; Kumbaya: Working Together with moderator Kevin Shivers of the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business: and Emerging Constituencies moderated by Evan Feinberg of Generation Opportunity.

The conference will also include four workshop sessions along with an exhibition area including representatives from over 40 conservative groups from across the state.

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a nonpartisan public policy think tank committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Brooks is the author of ten books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, "The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise" (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Among his earlier books are "Gross National Happiness" (2008), "Social Entrepreneurship" (2008), and "Who Really Cares" (2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain. Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Mike Kelly to Address PLC 2014

U. S. Senator Patrick J. Toomey will be the kick-off speaker at the 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held April 4-5, 2014 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania. Congressman Mike Kelly, who represents the Third Congressional District in Northwestern Pennsylvania will address the conference on Saturday, April 5th.

The premiere gathering of conservatives each year in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference this year celebrates its 25th anniversary making it the longest running such state-level conference in the nation. Featured Dinner Speaker will be Jonah Goldberg of National Review/Fox News and Michael Reagan will make a special return appearance at the conference.

This year's conference will also feature four interactive panel presentations including: Obamacare: No Magic Beans moderated by Jennifer Stefano of Americans for Prosperity/PA; How Free Market Capitalism Raises All Boats with moderator Tom Smith, 2012 GOP U.S. Senate Nominee; Kumbaya: Working Together with moderator Kevin Shivers of the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business; and Emerging Constituencies moderated by Evan Feinberg of Generation Opportunity.

The conference will also include four workshop sessions along with an exhibition area including representatives from over 40 conservative groups from across the state.

Patrick J. Toomey, U.S. Senator is a leader on economic, financial services and budget issues. He is known as a champion of fiscal responsibility.

The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that he has emerged as "a leading voice on money matters." He helped write and enact the bipartisan JOBS Act, which cuts regulatory burdens on small and medium-sized businesses making it easier for term to raise capital and create jobs.

The senator serves on the Finance, Banking, Budget and Joint Economic committees. Senator Toomey is the chairman of the Senate Steering Committee - the coalition of Republican senators that advocates for innovative, conservative policies. Senator Toomey previously was elected to the House of Representatives and fulfilled his three-term pledge. In addition to his public service, the senator also was the president of the Club for Growth, owned and operated a small restaurant chain in the Lehigh Valley, and worked in the financial services industry.

Pat and Kris Toomey live in Zionsville with their three children, Bridget, Patrick, and Duncan.

Mike Kelly, U.S. Representative (PA-3) was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for the past 53 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s, expanding its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.

Mike was a Butler City councilman, and has sat on the boards of several local and civic organizations, including the Housing Authority of Butler County, the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, and the Moraine Trails Council of Boys Scouts of America.

Dedicated to improving education, Mike founded the Butler Quarterback Club and The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, which provides unique and innovative educational programs for students in the Butler Area School District.

Mike and Victoria have four children: George III, Brendan, Charlotte and Colin; and are the proud grandparents to George IV, Vivian, Elizabeth, Helena, Elaina, Maeve and Victoria.

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Obamacare, Free Markets, Coalition Building 2014 Panel Presentations

(Harrisburg, PA) – Obamacare will top the list of issues to be discussed during panel presentations at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held April 3-4, 2014 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania. 

The premiere gathering of conservatives each year in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference this year celebrates its 25th anniversary making it the longest running such state-level conference in the nation.

“Interactive panel presentations have always been a core component of the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference,” said conference organizer Lowman Henry. “We bring together a wide range of experts from across the state and nation to present information on key issues, discuss strategy for implementing the conservative agenda, and engage conference participants in discussion.”

This year’s panel presentations will include:
• Obamacare: No Magic Beans moderated by Jennifer Stefano of Americans for Prosperity/PA

• How Free Market Capitalism Raises All Boats with moderator Tom Smith, 2012 GOP U.S. Senate Nominee

• Kumbaya: Working Together with moderator Kevin Shivers of the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

• Emerging Constituencies moderated by Evan Feinberg of Generation Opportunity.

In addition to the panel presentations, attendees at the 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will hear Featured Speaker Jonah Goldberg of National Review/Fox News, special guest Michael Reagan, and Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots along with a number of other speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

The conference will also feature four workshop sessions along with an exhibition area including representatives from over 40 conservative groups from across the state.

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