THE STATE TRADE AND EXPORT PROMOTION (STEP) GRANT PROGRAM
The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program, signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 27, 2010, establishes a 3-year trade and export promotion pilot program to make grants to states to enhance export promotion. The law appropriates $30 million per year for fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013.
CSG Leadership Development: The Importance of State/Local Government Relationships Sept. 29, 2010 | 1-2 p.m. Eastern time
The Council of State Governments Toll Fellowship Program held a webinar discussing the importance of state and local government relationships, featuring Toll Fellows alumni, impact of financial reform on state governments, featuring Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Adam Jeamel, director of public affairs for Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell, and moderated by Chad Gallagher, of Legacy Inc., former director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
FINANCIAL REFORM WEBINAR
From Wall Street to Main Street: The Impact of Financial Reform on State Governments
Aug. 11, 2010 | 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
The Council of State Governments Washington, D.C., office held a webinar discussing the impact of financial reform on state governments, featuring CSG's Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Robert Damron of Kentucky.
“Know Your Status” - States and Communities Fight STDs and HIV | April 7, 2010 | 1 p.m. Eastern time
“Know your status” is the message public health officials promote to encourage everyone to know their STD and HIV infection status as a component of their general personal health care. Confronting the health disparities in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS depends on everyone knowing their status, since higher levels of untreated infections in communities can lead to more people becoming infected. This webinar presented innovative state and community approaches to overcoming stigma and encouraging people to get tested.
Speakers included: David B. Johnson, STD disparities coordinator, National Center for HIV, STD, & TB Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Thomas Liberti, chief, Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the Florida Department of Health; and Bambi Gaddist, executive director and founder of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council.
FEDERAL HEALTH REFORM WEBINAR
“Rx for Health Reform:How the New Health Insurance Law Will Affect States" | April 6, 2010 | 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time
Experts in the state and federal health policy arena were available to explain the impact the federal health care reform legislation will have on states. States are confronted with a new challenge in the midst of the worst budget crisis in more than 70 years. The financial impact of the health care legislation will vary, with some states anticipating high costs due to expanding Medicaid populations while others are anticipating significant cost savings over the next several years.
Speakers included Beth McGlynn, associate director of RAND Health; John Bertko, adjunct staff, RAND
Member andPanel of Health Advisers at the Congressional Budget Office; and Moderator Chris Whatley,
CSG Washington office director.
Renewable Energy Finance and Policy Toolkit | March 30, 2010 | 1 p.m. E.S.T.
This webinar will review the Renewable Energy Finance and Policy Toolkit recently published by the Clean Energy States Alliance. The toolkit provides an overview of established and emerging financing tools which states can use to provide support for solar photovoltaic projects of all sizes.
As states seek new ideas for balancing budgets during unprecedented financial times, many are looking for answers in the field of applied technology. This 90-minute Webinar will offer a look at technology trends and priorities through the eyes of those responsible for managing strategic and operational technology within state government.
Hear from state government human resource management experts regarding the latest trends and issues affecting the state government workforce, including:
Layoffs, furloughs and other work force reduction strategies—Which states have implemented them? What are the short- and long-term legal and administrative issues to consider if these alternatives become a reality?
Alternative work schedules—Hear about Utah’s mandatory four-day, 10-hour work week pilot program for state employees, including employee and productivity data, as well as preliminary energy savings information.
Mandatory collective bargaining for public safety employees—How can states prepare themselves for this legislation that has been introduced with wide support in the U.S. House and Senate (HR 413 and S 1611) that would require all states and localities to collectively bargain with public safety employees?
Jeff Herring, executive director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management and president of the National Association of State Personnel Executives
Sandy Martinez, labor relations manager of the New Mexico Office of State Personnel
Leslie Scott, executive director of the National Association of State Personnel Executives
NGA/CSG TELECONFERENCE SERIES: MANAGING IN TIMES OF CHANGE
Minnesota and Wisconsin: Working Together for Efficiency | July 29 1–2:30 p.m. (EST)
On March 31, 2009, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle announced the first steps in a nation-leading effort to share services and become more efficient by cooperating between their states. Minnesota and Wisconsin will work together on more than 80 projects to save money and improve government operations (Read full press release – the full report, "Wisconsin Minnesota Collaboration Report" is also available).
Make plans to join Matt Kramer, Chief of Staff to Governor Pawlenty, and Aaron Olver, Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Commerce, on July 29 when they will discuss the success and impact of this innovative approach to government. Participation is free.
NGA/CSG TELECONFERENCE SERIES: MANAGING IN TIMES OF CHANGE
Challenges of Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act | March 26, 2009
State governments find themselves facing nearly unprecedented challenges – big obligations, shrinking revenues, vocal interest groups and a public that increasingly sees government as part of the problem, rather than a bearer of solutions.
As you work to better the lives of citizens and regain your states footing in these uncertain times, The Council of State Governments and the National Governors Association Office of Management Consulting and Training can help you better recognize the challenges facing your state and help empower you to lead with innovative ideas, tools and understanding.
The Council of State Governments and the National Governors Association’s Office of Management and Training are pleased to offer a new training series for state officials: Managing in Times of Change. These free regular web-conferences seek to assist senior state officials in addressing a variety of issues relating to the leadership and management of a changing state government. Consisting of topics and sessions driven by key policy, management and administrative issues and delivered by today’s most recognized thought leaders, these conferences highlight promising state practices and innovations and provide an opportunity for cross-state sharing and networking