Southern Pulse Newsletter, September 2022

It’s been a busy month of traveling and preparation here at CSG South, and our small but mighty team is excited to roll out all the programming, training, and publications planned for the final 3 months of the year.

We would like to thank everyone who attended our first Policy Masterclass, Growing Prosperity: Agriculture, Technology and The Future of Farming. Attendees gathered in Atlanta to learn from industry experts, toured top research laboratory Georgia Center of Innovation at Georgia Tech, as well as the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and enjoyed closing remarks and dinner with Former Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. Our next Policy Masterclass, The Future State: Cybersecurity, Technology, and Innovation in Government Operations will take place next week in Birmingham, AL, September 27-29.  Our third and final Policy Masterclass, Anchors Aweigh: Navigating the Policy of Ports, will be a deep dive into shipping logistics and post-Covid challenges, the local and regional economic impact of ports, and the incredible technology that supports port operation. Held in none other than Savannah, Georgia, we hope you join us at the Port of Savannah this October 4-6. To submit your interest form click here.

I am so excited to welcome and congratulate the Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) class of 2022! Twenty-six legislators and state agency directors from across the region were selected out of an overwhelming response from our member states. CALS is an intensive, four-day, application-based leadership development program held from October 15-19 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in LIttle Rock, Arkansas. We can’t wait to see greet this incredible cohort next month! To see CALS alumni, and to learn more about this unique opportunity for top Southern legislators and upper management executive and judicial leaders, click here.

As fall is yet another busy time at CSG South, always stay connected through this newsletter, website, and social media for updates and new publications. We don’t want you to miss a second of the action!

As always, thank you for all your hard work in your communities and states, and know that our staff is always here to assist you.

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Growing Prosperity: Agriculture, Technology, and the Future of Farming

Southern state officials gathered in Atlanta for the “Growing Prosperity: Agriculture, Technology, and the Future of Farming” Policy Masterclass. Twenty officials from 11 CSG South states –Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia – participated in the event. 

Over two days, participants learned about recent developments in agriculture, technology, and relevant state and federal legislation. Briefings covered the current state of agriculture, farm labor shortages, food insecurity, agricultural trade, and the struggle of small rural farmers. Attendees visited the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Agricultural Technology Research Program to see new devices and techniques being developed to enhance agricultural methods and participated in roundtable discussions to hear from their colleagues about agricultural issues in Southern states. 

Experts from the Georgia Institute of Technology, American Farm Bureau Federation, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Center of Innovation, and AppHarvest shared their knowledge and insights with attendees through presentations and interactive briefings. Participants also met with Chancellor of the University System of Georgia Sonny Perdue to learn about his time as a state Senator (1991-2002), Governor of Georgia (2003-2011) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (2017-2021). 

The Masterclass was hosted by CSG South and moderated by Senator Tyler Harper of Georgia, chair of the CSG South Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. By interacting with subject matter experts and colleagues from other Southern states, participants increased their knowledge of agriculture, farm labor shortages, agricultural technology, and policies related to these issues. The Masterclass participants included: 

Representative Randall Shedd, Alabama 

Representative Harlan Breaux, Arkansas 

Representative Roger Lynch, Arkansas 

Representative Christine Hunschofsky, Florida 

Representative John Corbett, Georgia 

Representative Robert Dickey, Georgia 

Senator Tyler Harper, Georgia 

Senator Larry Walker, Georgia 

Representative David Wilkerson, Georgia 

Representative Phillip Pratt, Kentucky 

Senator Robin Webb, Kentucky 

Mr. Nicholas Cole, Louisiana 

Senator Tyler McCaughn, Mississippi 

Senator Benjamin Suber, Mississippi 

Representative Kenneth Walker, Mississippi 

Representative Jim Grego, Oklahoma 

Representative Russell Ott, South Carolina 

Representative Vincent Dixie, Tennessee 

Delegate Riley Keaton, West Virginia 

Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, West Virginia 

Click here for workshop photos


App Harvest

Small Rural Farmers

GA COI Ag Tech

Farm Labor Shortages

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Southern Pulse Newsletter, August 2022

The kids are back in school, the mornings are cooler (in some states), and CSG South is ramping up from our quick post-Southern Legislative Conference breather. It’s time for fall – that means programming, programming.

Opening up our fall programming is our three Masterclasses: Growing Prosperity: Agriculture, Technology, and the Future of Farming (September 6-8), The Future State: Cybersecurity, Technology, and Innovation in Government Operations (September 27-29), and Anchors Aweigh: Navigating the Policy of Ports (October 4-6). Each Masterclass is a deep dive into a specific subject area policy, bringing in expert speakers from around the region to present, answer questions, and engage in open dialogue between legislators and experts. Masterclasses also have site visits – not simply panel experiences – allowing attendees to truly connect with the subject matter. Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, click here to submit your interest form.

Moving into October and November, our two flagship leadership development programs offer regional networking and superior training opportunities for elected and appointed officials (CALS) and the staffers (SAGE) who underpin the functions of state government. As the deadline has passed to apply for the 2022 class, our staff will reach out to the lucky selectees for more information on travel and itinerary. Good luck to all of you who applied!

Finally, don’t miss our upcoming long-form publications by our analysts and policy experts, so check back on our website for new, region-specific content. If it concerns our Southern states, you can count on the CSG South policy team to keep you informed.

Until September,
Lindsey G.

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Southern Pulse Newsletter, July 2022

That’s a wrap for SLC 2022!

The official numbers are in, and more than 1,400 legislators, families, and affiliates joined us for a landmark Southern Legislative Conference in Oklahoma City. A successful SLC relies heavily on the hard work of a small army of volunteers and legislative staffers, and we thank our host state for ensuring and elevating the long-standing excellence of our annual conference. Thank you, Oklahoma!

Now back in the office, our focus pivots to the remainder of the year. Constantly aware of our responsibility to you, our members, CSG South does not simply hold the largest regional conference of state legislators in the country. In the months beyond July are three Policy Masterclasses and our two leadership development programs – The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) and its staffer parallel, Staff Academy for Governmental Excellence (SAGE).  In addition, our policy team is working on new Issue Briefs and a myriad of publications with region-specific data and analysis for you and your offices to utilize.

Much like the work never stops in your states, so too does our work continue at CSG South. Always remember, we are an extension of your office!

Warmest Regards,
Lindsey G.

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Southern Pulse Newsletter, June 2022

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”

When watching the CSG South team hard at work preparing for the largest regional conference of the year, H.E. Luccock’s quote always comes to mind. Since concluding our final state visit for 2022 on June 8 (until next time, North Carolina!) each and every member, from accounting and graphic design to policy and marketing, has pulled in hundreds of hours of planning, event building, and attending to the thousands of last-minute details that, when combined together, create the preeminent forum for Southern legislators and staff. Even still, with host states rotating every year, we could never pull it off without the tireless work and vision of state leadership. To the staff and legislative leaders in Oklahoma who make SLC 2022 possible, we continue to thank you and can’t wait to help you showcase all your beautiful state has to offer.

See you at the 2022 SLC in OKC!!

All the best,

Southern Pulse, June 2022

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