Recent SLC News and Updates

June 1, 2020

CSG 2020 National Conference Registration Now Open
Registration for the CSG 2020 National Conference, convening on December 2-5, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is now open. Each year, CSG convenes hundreds of state leaders from across the United States, the U.S. territories and Canada. The conference spotlights national public policy priorities through policy academies, national task forces and Innovation Classrooms. CSG national standing committees, including Shared State Legislation, convene at this annual event. Special traditions like the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship graduation and Campaign Against Hunger bring all conference attendees together to celebrate excellence in state government and CSG's commitment to advancing the common good. A focus on meaningful networking and dialogue is always a part of the agenda. Click here to learn more.

May 1, 2020

SLC 2020 Annual Meeting Cancelled

A Message from

Speaker Tim Moore, North Carolina/SLC Chair,

and Ms. Colleen Cousineau, Director, SLC

The 74th Annual Meeting of the SLC will not convene in Winston-Salem, August 1-5, as previously scheduled. While we are saddened to share this news, especially in light of last year’s cancellation due to Hurricane Barry, we are committed to providing a safe environment in which to convene, and the health and safety of our members is of the upmost importance. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges associated with creating a safe place to convene, coupled with the inability to guarantee uniform enforcement of the federal and CDC guidelines, we have determined that cancelling the event is in the best interest of the SLC.


All Annual Meeting registrations will be automatically cancelled and refunded. Refunds will be processed in the coming weeks. If you paid via credit card, you will receive an updated receipt from our credit card processor,, when your refund is processed.

Hotel Cancellation Policy

Due to hotel policy, registrants are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations. To cancel your hotel reservation online, please follow the modification/cancellation link provided in your hotel confirmation email. To cancel your reservation by phone, please contact the hotel directly. Hotel contact information is provided below.

Winston-Salem Marriott

(336) 725-3500

Embassy Suites Winston-Salem

(336) 724-2300

Thank you for understanding

While we are saddened to share this news, we feel the health and safety of our members is of the upmost importance. We appreciate your patience as our staff work diligently on processing refunds.

You may contact with any questions, and our team will respond as promptly as possible.

Speaker Tim Moore
North Carolina
SLC Chair, 2019 – 2020

Colleen Cousineau
Director, Southern Legislative Conference
Director, Southern Office of The Council of State Governments

April 2, 2020

New Leadership Program for Staff in State Government Now Accepting Applications

The Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG) is excited to announce the Staff Academy for Governmental Excellence (SAGE), a new professional leadership development program for the legislative, judicial, executive and agency staff serving Southern state governments.

The inaugural program will convene November 11-14, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Full scholarships will be provided to those selected, covering the cost of tuition, travel, lodging and meals.

About SAGE

Government staff work daily and diligently, often behind the scenes, to fulfill their duties to support the myriad functions of state government. While elected and appointed officials may leave their post at the end of a term, many staff work in service of their states for the duration of their career. By shaping staff leaders, SAGE ultimately aims to provide the public with more effective state governments.

Click here to learn more or apply now.

April 1, 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.

March 31, 2020 | Winston-Salem, North Carolina

SLC Annual Meeting Guest and Youth Tour Sign-ups Now Available

How to participate:
1. Register for the SLC Annual Meeting

This year, your SLC registration confirmation email includes a special link you can use to sign up for guest and youth activities. First, register yourself, guests and youth for the meeting, then refer to your confirmation email for your unique link!

If you are already registered for the meeting, simply click the link in your confirmation email!

2. Use your special link to sign up for guest and youth activities

Click the special link in your registration confirmation email or visit to sign up your guests and youth for Host State activities!

3. Reserve your hotel room

Also included in your confirmation email are links to book your hotel room at discounted rates at the Winston-Salem Marriott and the Embassy Suites Winston-Salem.

4. Join us at the meeting to connect with colleagues, engage with policy experts and enjoy North Carolina!

A note on COVID-19: The safety and wellbeing of our attendees is our top priority. We are monitoring this situation closely and working with the meeting facilities to ensure appropriate sanitation measures will be in place. Check our website for updates pertaining to any changes associated with the convening of the 74th Annual Meeting.

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!

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.

Click here to learn more or register now.