2012 CSG National Leadership Conference

The Council of State Governments recently hosted the 2012 National Leadership Conference from May 17-20 in La Quinta, California.  The meeting provided state leaders with a robust agenda designed to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing state governments.   Topics covered included pension reform, diabetes treatment and prevention, education funding, the future of transportation funding and high-speed rail, health care reform, siting renewable energy projects, internet taxation, and America's forgotten border with the Caribbean.  

Brian Selander, chief strategy officer to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, shared his keys to effectively crafting--and sticking to--a cohesive political message. From determining the best angle to a story to dealing with the inevitable bumps in the road, Selander discussed the keys to communicating with press and constituents in a way that gets your message across. The discussion included ways to combine traditional and new media to spread information quickly and effectively.

The U.S.'s borders with Canada and Mexico are the subject of frequent and sometimes heated debates regarding trade, security and immigration. America's frontiers across the Caribbean basin and along the Arctic, however, have received little attention, but are just as vital for the future of commerce and public safety. This session featured discussions of the economic opportunities and security challenges along these forgotten borders and the impact that developments in these regions will have on states.

The Obama administration announced dramatic goals for developing alternative energy. What does that mean for states and what considerations should policymakers undertake to turn aspirations into reality? Panelists provided insight from federal, state and private sector perspectives in siting large-scale, commercial renewable energy power plants. This session  covered the financial, regulatory and stakeholder process associated with developing complex projects to help states anticipate future challenges.

The Obama administration announced dramatic goals for developing alternative energy. What does that mean for states and what considerations should policymakers undertake to turn aspirations into reality? Panelists provided insight from federal, state and private sector perspectives in siting large-scale, commercial renewable energy power plants. This session  covered the financial, regulatory and stakeholder process associated with developing complex projects to help states anticipate future challenges.

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