CSG eCademy is THE online source of information and training on the most critical issues facing state leaders, the latest trends in state policymaking and cutting edge state solutions. CSG offers eCademy programming on an array of policy topics--from education and health reform to transportation infrastructure funding, from grassroots movements influencing state policymaking to U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting the laws of the states.
Tune In Tuesdays @ 2 … and WIN with CSG eCademy!
Tune in bimonthly to CSG eCademy Tuesdays at 2 p.m. ET for insightful webcast programming on a range of policy issues. Not only will you get policy insights you need … you may also win a free registration to CSG’s 2015 National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.!
For each eCademy session completed* between Feb. 1 and Oct. 31, employees of state and territorial governments will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary registration for the winner and one guest to the CSG 2015 National Conference, Dec. 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn. Two winners will be drawn and notified on Nov. 2, 2015.
*To successfully complete an eCademy session, participants must be
in attendance for at least 90 percent of the live broadcast. Individuals
who view archived/recorded sessions are not eligible for the drawing.
Using Stackable Credentials to Increase Job Earnings
Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m. EDT
A 2014 report by the National Skills Coalition said middle-skill jobs—those that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree—account for 54 percent of the United States’ labor market, but only 44 percent of the country’s workers are qualified for these types of positions. One way the skills gap—the gap between skills that employers seek and the skills available in the workforce—can be decreased is to use stackable credentials to improve worker capabilities and competencies. This FREE eCademy webcast, presented by the CSG National Task Force on Workforce Development and Education, will highlight innovative programs that are helping students gain the competencies they need by offering stackable credentials and credits for talent development. Student then have the opportunity to build additional certifications should they choose to continue their education and achieve the next credential.
Spent Fuel Storage Challenges and Opportunities
Presented by CSG South/SLC
Tuesday, June 16, 3 p.m. EDT
All used nuclear fuel produced by the U.S. nuclear energy industry in the past 50 years—approximately 72,000 metric tons—if stacked end-to-end would cover an area the size of a football field to a depth of about seven yards. Although the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 established a national program for the safe, permanent disposal of highly radioactive waste, currently there is no disposal site in the United States for spent rods from the more than 100 operating commercial nuclear reactors across the country. As the nation moves to reduce carbon emissions, nuclear energy may become an increasingly important element in the stability of the U.S. power system, intensifying the need for a permanent solution to spent fuel storage. This free webinar will review current storage practices and explore challenges and opportunities for a permanent storage solution for the nation’s high-level radioactive spent fuel.
Using Education for Rural Development
Presented by CSG South/SLC
Thursday, June 18, 2 p.m. EDT
Rural communities in the South continue to face serious challenges in getting highly educated students to return home after college graduation. Research indicates that education may be a cause and effect for this rural “brain drain” phenomenon, and also the key to reversing the trend. Studies have shown that efforts to improve rural education contribute to rapid economic development in those areas, while a more educated community can serve as a catalyst for business expansion and increased civic engagement. This complimentary webinar, presented by CSG South/SLC, will highlight the impact of education on rural development and examine initiatives in rural communities to entice educated former residents to return and invest in their hometowns.
Delivering Better Health Care for Less
Friday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. EDT
As states across the country continue to transform health care, achieving the balance between cost containment and high quality care remains a primary focus. CSG is pleased to present a FREE eCademy webcast featuring national health care expert Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, who will explore strategies to improve the quality of health care delivery while minimizing costs. Brenner is the medical director of the Urban Health Institute at the Cooper University Healthcare as well as the founder and executive director of Camden (N.J.) Coalition of Healthcare Providers. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013 for his work on addressing the health care needs of the chronically ill in impoverished communities in the U.S. This presentation will be broadcast as part of CSG’s 2015 Medicaid Policy Academy in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner
Medical director, Urban Health Institute, Cooper University Healthcare
Performance-Based Budgeting in the SLC States
Presented by CSG South/SLC
Thursday, June 25, 2 p.m. EDT
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, an increasing number of states, including several in the SLC region, are focused on increasing accountability and transparency in the disbursement of taxpayer dollars. Performance-based budgeting—which focuses on efficiency and effectiveness in outcomes—has emerged as a viable tool for states looking for an alternative to routinely funding government operations on a pro forma basis. As noted by Mississippi Speaker Philip Gunn “[T]he idea is to stop spending on programs that don’t produce results—and, in some in cases, spend more on programs that do produce results.”
This FREE webinar will provide an overview of performance-based budgeting and will highlight measures initiated in Oklahoma and Mississippi to implement this spending strategy.
Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden
Sen. Ron Sharp
Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative