2012 CSG National Conference

Attendees at this session learned what’s next for state leaders with regard to energy and the environment. Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal shared his experiences as leader of one of the most active states for natural resource development. He also discussed the challenges facing states in the coming months and years. This session also featured a discussion about the growing role sustainability plays in the management and balance sheets of private sector companies.

Attendees at this session learned what’s next for state leaders with regard to energy and the environment. Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal shared his experiences as leader of one of the most active states for natural resource development. He also discussed the challenges facing states in the coming months and years. This session also featured a discussion about the growing role sustainability plays in the management and balance sheets of private sector companies.

The American economy stands at the edge of a precipice created by expiring tax cuts and a host of spending reductions that could collectively shave $600 billion from the U.S. gross domestic product next year. This session featured a presentation and discussion led by Barry Anderson, deputy executive director of the National Governors Association, on the potential impact of the fiscal cliff and the prospects for congressional action to forestall it. Anderson previously served as acting director of the Congressional Budget Office, as well as in senior leadership roles in the Office of Management and Budget, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Attendees joined state and federal emergency management and homeland security officials for a discussion on policy and technology developments related to preparing for and ensuring emergency communications to coordinate disaster response.

An estimated 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, while another 79 million have prediabetes. Policymakers have a real chance to reduce the burden of diabetes on public health care systems, employers and individuals who have the disease. This session  presented a number of promising state policy initiatives, such as partnering with community YMCAs to increase physical activity opportunities, encouraging appropriate care models in schools for children with diabetes and ensuring timely screening for gestational diabetes. State legislators who have championed prevention and treatment, community program managers and others who have joined the battle for better health outcomes spoke during this session.

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