2009 Chief of Staff Retreat

Feb 20, 2009Feb 21, 2009
<p>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</p>

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**For those traveling on the train, we will assemble  at Gate C at 8:45AM on Friday February 20th at Union Station for the 184 Regional Train to Philadelphia that departs at 9:25. It is a group ticket, so there is no need for an individual ticket to be picked up.**

For any last minute or emergency notices, please contact
  Chris Myers at cmyers2@gmu.edu.

Exploring the Road to Recovery

February 20 & 21, 2009
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Retreat Agenda

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s annual Chief of Staff Retreat is the leading bi-partisan, off-the-Hill gathering for senior congressional staff. For over 11 years the Retreat has offered participants a chance to explore pioneering economic ideas, focus on key legislative issues, and interact across party lines in a comfortable setting away from Capitol Hill. With discussions ranging from general economic concepts to more specific policy concerns, the Retreat is the perfect way for staff to step back from the world of politics, enhance their policy knowledge, and consult with a wide assortment of academics and practitioners.


  • Stimulating Discussions with leading faculty in economics and public policy, in both formal and informal settings.
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  • Networking Opportunities with over 100 of your senior Hill colleagues, from both chambers, both parties, and a wide range of committee and leadership offices.
  • Engaging Formats including lectures, roundtables, and economic experiments that will offer you "big picture" ideas as well as practical tools.
  • Relevant Policy Analysis that will utilize of the tools of economics to explore timely issues, such as: immigration, healthcare, the challenges of exporting democracy, and much more...


Transportation will be provided via Amtrak.
Spouses and significant others are welcome.

Please check back for updates as the February retreat approaches.