2013 CSG National Conference

Interstate 70 is a major artery through the nation’s mid-section that extends from Utah to Maryland. The halfway point on that journey lies somewhere near Kansas City, the site of the 2013 CSG National Conference. Like a lot of the nation’s aging infrastructure, I-70 needs to be rebuilt to better serve today’s transportation needs, said Dave Nichols, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation—or MoDOT— who will speak Sept. 20 at a session hosted by the CSG Transportation Public Policy Committee. But like a lot of other states, Missouri is struggling to determine where the dollars to do that will come from, even as MoDOT has made significant strides in recent years to convince Missourians their tax dollars that go to transportation are being well spent.

As state leaders continue their search for better, more efficient ways of doing business, a few strategies that stand out have emerged in recent years. One strategy—using an evidence-based, rigorous cost-benefit model to make policy decisions—is being put into place in a number of states thanks to the efforts of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. To help state policymakers learn more about the Results First initiative, The Council of State Governments will hold a special half-day, invitation-only information session in conjunction with CSG’s 2013 National Conference in Kansas City from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 19.