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 to CSG eCademy to hear from experts across the country discuss the most important issues facing your state.
Improving State Elections for U.S. Military and Civilian Overseas Voters
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2-3 p.m. EDT
For decades, members of the U.S. military and their dependents experienced problems at every step of the overseas voting process: registering to vote, requesting and receiving absentee ballots, and returning absentee ballots. State and local election administrators are faced with many challenges associated with maintaining accurate registration rolls for a highly mobile and transient population, some of whom reside in remote areas of the world. This eCademy session will provide an overview of the challenges for overseas voting, as well as how CSG, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, is helping to improve the U.S. military and overseas voting process through CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative.
Senior Voting Action Officer, U.S. Department of State
Director of Communications, Federal Voting Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Defense
2014 Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act: An Emphasis on Career Pathways
Thursday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. EDT
By 2022, the United States will lack 11 million workers with postsecondary degrees, certificates or credentials necessary to meet the job demand, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. That number includes 6.8 million employees with a bachelor’s degree and 4.3 million workers with an associate degree, vocational certificate or some college experience. President Barack Obama in July signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is designed to help individuals seeking employment access the needed education, training and support services to be successful in the labor market. Additionally, the act will help match business and industry with the skilled workers needed to compete in the global economy. This complimentary CSG eCademy session will offer an overview of the federal law and its impact on states; it also will explore innovative career pathway programs currently in place.
Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris
Director of Public Policy, Association for Career and Technical Education
Director of Adult Services and Workforce System, Employment and Training Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Special Assistant, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
Waste Storage and Water Contamination
Lessons from West Virginia and North Carolina
Thursday, Oct. 30, 1-2 p.m. EDT
Presented by CSG South
In CSG South’s Southern Legislative Conference member states, the coal and chemical industries are essential to state economies. Given the importance of these industries to the region for both economic development and employment opportunities, legislators often are faced with balancing business interests with the need for environmental protection and conservation. Hazardous spills in two SLC states—West Virginia and North Carolina—have focused attention on this careful balance. This webinar will examine the spills in those states and subsequent legislative action to offer lessons learned for other states.
Rep. Charles McGrady
Sen. John Unger II
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to release a new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone. Based on recommendations from EPA’s science advisers and staff, the EPA is expected to announce a more stringent standard, likely in the range of 70 to 60 parts per billion, down from the 2008 standard of 75 parts per billion. A more strict ozone requirement could be a challenge for some states and counties to attain, generating areas of noncompliance around the U.S. accompanied by a hefty price tag. This CSG eCademy session will offer the EPA’s perspective, as well as state and industry perspectives, on the complexity of meeting lower ozone emission standards and the associated costs.
Public-Private Partnerships and the SLC States: Recent Developments
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2-3 p.m. EST
Presented by CSG South: Southern Legislative Conference
In an effort to develop alternate funding sources to implement critical transportation and infrastructure projects, states across the country increasingly are looking to public-private partnerships, known as P3s, as an important strategy. P3s are contractual agreements between a public agency and a private entity facilitating a more robust private sector role, including in the design, construction, finance, long-term operation and traffic revenue of these transportation and infrastructure projects. With encouragement from the federal government, three dozen states have enacted authorization frameworks for P3s. SLC states have been particularly active in pursuing the P3 format for a number of years. This webinar will provide the latest perspectives and approaches from three SLC states—Florida, Texas and Virginia.
J. Douglas Koelemay
Director, Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships
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