2020 SLC News and Updates


February 12, 2020

Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills

Now in its fourteenth year, the Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills helps new and mid-career government officials from 15 states hone their leadership skills.

Over the four-day program, selected CALS scholars reinforce and refine their abilities in communication, conflict resolution, consensus building and critical decision making in a small-group, nonpartisan environment. Participants have a unique opportunity to foster connections, engage in conversations and take part in sessions designed to explore individual boundaries and perceptions.

The CALS Class of 2020 will convene October 3-7 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and at the nearby Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Full scholarships are provided to those selected, covering the cost of tuition, travel, lodging and meals.

Click here to learn more or apply now.


February 18, 2020

Registration and housing now open for the 74th SLC Annual Meeting

The 74th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference will convene in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, August 1 – 5.

Convened as the focal point and culmination of its yearly activities, the Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference is the nation's largest regional gathering of state legislators, legislative staff and government officials, and the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures.

Focusing on both existing and emerging state government innovations and solutions, the SLC Annual Meeting provides policymakers unparalleled opportunities to engage regional and national policy experts about the issues that matter most to them and their constituents.

Of equal benefit, numerous informal discussions allow state government officials to share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges and opportunities. This hallmark of the SLC Annual Meeting gives policymakers an opportunity to meet and collaborate on a broad spectrum of state government issues.

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February 26, 2020

State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR)

The CSG Southern Office is now accepting applications for its 2020 State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) award for innovative state government programs and services. The deadline for submitting your program for consideration is May 17, 2020.

Submissions are accepted from a wide array of state agencies, departments and institutions operating within the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

Following the first of a two-stage review process, five finalists are invited to present their program to the STAR judges panel — comprising state legislators, legislative staff and policy experts — convening August 4, at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There, through the second review process, two exceptional programs will be selected as models of innovation and efficiency in state governments in the Southern region.

Apply now to compete for recognition as one of the South’s most exceptional state government programs!