Groups Report

March 2015 Highlights

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Spring Meeting | March 16-18
Washington, D.C.
Stateside Contact: Mark Anderson at

The Spring Meeting will begin on March 16 with a Shale Gas Caucus discussion of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) best practices followed by a closed orientation for new members.
A congressional panel has been planned for March 16 with visits from Senate and House staff on environmental committees to discuss upcoming issues the 114th Congress will face. The following sessions will take place:

  • Air Traffic Control: Managing Overlapping Air Requirements and Timelines
  • State Innovations in Environmental Sustainability
  • Planning for the Future: Water Quantity, Water Quality, and America‘s Cities

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver the Keynote speech on March 17. The following sessions will also take place:

  • Carrots and Sticks: Timeless Strategies for Next Generation Compliance
  • Taking Your Agency to the Next Level: Leveraging New Tools and Techniques

ECOS will moderate a Business Community Roundtable entitled Facing Environmental Challenges on March 17.

Environmental Research Institute of the States Board (ERIS) will hold its meeting on March 18 followed by a session entitled Hot Topics: What‘s New in the World of E-Enterprise, ERIS, and ITRC. ECOS members will hold their Business Meeting in the afternoon where any proposed resolutions will be considered.

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Southeast Regional Summit | March 12-13
Asheville, North Carolina
West Coast Regional Summit | March 26-27
Portland, Oregon
Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at

The Southeast Regional Summit will feature ICMA members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The West Coast Regional Summit will feature ICMA members from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

The Summits will mirror each other with an ICMA University Workshop scheduled for the first day, followed by a reception and dinner. On the last day of each Summit, members will meet with their Executive Board and hold regional meetings of state officers.

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Southern Region Meeting | March 12-13
Point Clear, Alabama
Midwestern Region Meeting | March 31-April 1
Indianapolis, Indiana
Presidential Initiative Summit | April 12-14
Biloxi, Mississippi
Stateside Contact: Steve Arthur at

The Southern Region Meeting will be hosted by the NAAG Southern Region Chair and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R). The following panels have been scheduled for the meeting:

  • Anatomy of a Data Breach: What Happens and What We Can Learn
  • A Crystal Ball on Cyber Security: New Risks and Developing Threats on the Horizon
  • Big Data and Privacy: Striking a Balance
  • The Avalanche of Data Breaches: The Case For and Against a National Database Disclosure Law
  • Cyber Security: Mobile Devices and Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) Policies
  • Government in the Cloud: Protecting our Citizens‘ Data

Speakers from the private sector, academia, and federal agencies have confirmed.
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The Midwestern Region Meeting will be co-hosted by NAAG Midwestern Chair and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) and Vice-Chair and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R). The following panels have been scheduled:

  • Federalism In Age of National Power
  • General Theory of Federalism
  • The Spending Clause
  • Foreign Affairs, Treaties, and Federalism
  • Horizontal Federalism: States Regulating States
  • Federalism and the Environment

Speakers from academia and state offices have confirmed.

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The Presidential Initiative Summit will be hosted by NAAG President and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (D) and will focus on his Initiative, Protecting Our Digital Lives: New Challenges for Attorneys General.

The Summit will begin with social events in the evening of April 12.

General Hood will moderate the opening panel on April 13 entitled IP Theft and Generation Y: 3D Printing. The following sessions have also been planned for April 13:

  • Law Enforcement Collaboration In the Cloud
  • Cybercrime: IP Theft Mechanisms
  • Understanding Digital Currency
  • Patent Trolls: The Dark Side of IP Protection

The following panels have been planned for April 14:

  • Illegal Online Pharmaceuticals
  • Intellectual Property Theft
  • Website Hijackers

Speakers from the private sector and state and federal government agencies have confirmed.
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