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April 2014 Highlights

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Stateside Contact: Heather Williams at

The deadline to submit Docket items for consideration by CSG’s Committee on Suggested State Legislation (SSL) has been scheduled for April 23. The committee will meet June 20-22 in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with CSG’s annual Leadership Forum.

In addition to legislation submitted by state officials and staff, CSG Associate program members may submit legislation for consideration on the SSL Docket by that deadline. A preliminary SSL Docket will be released for the meeting in May.

Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at

MGA has announced its leadership for 2014. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will serve as MGA Chair and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) will serve as MGA Vice Chair.

Due to this year’s energy shortage and increasing propane costs for citizens in the Midwest, Governor Walker’s MGA Chair Initiative is to strengthen the region’s propane supply chain. MGA staff will support this year long agenda throughout the Midwest and assist the Chair in advancing his goals.

MGA holds conjunction events throughout the year at elected officials groups’ meetings and produces policy publications.

More information is available at:



Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at

NACo will hold its National Cyber Symposium April 9-11 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Symposium is part of NACo President Linda Langston’s Resilient Counties Initiative. The Symposium will feature speakers from the local, state, and federal level as well as private sector cybersecurity specialists.

Panels taking place during the Symposium include:

  • Cybersecurity and the Accountability of Elected Officials
  • An Overview of the Current Threat Environment for Local Governments
  • Programs, Partnerships and Resources for Preparing for, Responding to, Mitigating and Recovering from a Cyber Incident

A tentative agenda is available at:

NACo will hold its Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference May 21-23 in Anchorage, Alaska. The WIR Conference is primarily focused on public lands and those issues critical to the western region of the United States.

The NACo Board of Directors as well as WIR Board of Directors will meet during the Conference. The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee and Public Lands Steering Committee will also convene during the Conference.

A tentative agenda is available at:

NACo launched its County Innovation Network during its recent Legislative Conference March 3 in Washington, D.C. Dubbed “COIN,” the new NACo initiative is a private, managed online community for county leadership, state associations, NACo affiliates, economic development authorities, and municipalities intended to leverage best practices, facilitate decision making and generally serve as a means for local government to better share information and conduct an online dialogue. 

COIN will also host a “Supplier Zone” for companies involved with public sector sales to present their services, products, and innovations in online storefronts for prospective local government customers. 

For more information about COIN, visit


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