This page will be updated throughout the 66th Annual Meeting to include additional presentations.


Table of Contents:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs


Canada Relations

CSG Justice Center

Economic Development and Trade


Energy & Public Lands

Executive Committee

Fiscal Affairs

Future of Western Legislatures


Health: Diebetes Forum

Higher Education

Howard Putnam

Magnus Lindkvist

North America Summit

Water & Environment




Plenary Sessions


When Does the Future Begin?

Magnus Lindkvist


Successful Strategies Through Turbulent Times Vision and Leadership

Howard Putnam



Agriculture & Rural Affairs


Agricultural Water Use Efficiency

Dr. David Zoldoske, Center for Irrigation Technology


The 5A's of Rural Broadband in Colorado

Frank Ohrtman


*The Next Farm Bill?

Doug Busselman, Nevada Farm Bureau




Mastering the Multigenerational Puzzle

Kari T. Ellingson, Ph.D, Associate Vice President for Student Development, University of Utah


Mastering the Multigenerational Puzzle Handout


Top of Your Game

Susan Feeney & Jon Summers, +gmmb


Best Practices


Tip Sheet for Media Interviews


Twitter Best Practices


Twitter Terms and Tools




Canada Relations


The United States & Canada: Friends, Neighbors & Partners in Growth

Consul General David Fransen



CSG Justice Center Presentation


Lessons from the States: Reducing Recidivism and Curbing Corrections Costs Through Justice Reinvestment



Economic Development and Trade


Policies to Grow State Economies

Erin Sparks. National Governors Association


Redesigning State Economic Development Agencies

Erin Sparks. National Governors Association


New Mexico: Growing Exports-Developing Markets

Edward Herrera, Director, New Mexico State International Trade


STEP Overview





The Class of 2025: Pre-K Education Across the Western States and Territories

Jim Squires, National Institute for Early Education Research


Common Core State Standards and New Assessments

Scott Norton, Council of Chief State School Officers


Nevada Transition to Common Core

Cindy Sharp, Director of the Office of Assessment, Program Accountability, and Curriculum
Nevada Department of Education


The Wisdom of Investing in Early Childhood

Nan Vendegna, Director, Colorado Preschool Program, Colorado Department of Education


Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) 2011-12 Fact Sheet



Energy & Public Lands


Annual Energy Outlook 2013

U.S. Energy Information Administration


Interstate Compacts Presentation

Crady deGolian, National Center for Interstate Compacts


Electrical Transmission Compact: History of the Project

Representative Tom Slone, Kansas


DOE Electricity Advisory Committee recommendations on the CSG Interstate Transmission Siting Compact.


Transmission Line Siting Compact



Executive Committee


U.S. States Affected by Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto




Fiscal Affairs


Fiscal Perspectives: What’s Ahead for States


Fiscal Perspectives on the Road Ahead for States

Brian Sigritz, National Association of State Budget Officers

NASBO Handout


The Federal Agenda: and the West

Chris Whatley, CSG’s Washington D.C. director


A Look at Budget Strategies for Better Outcomes


The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative: Targeting Programs that Work

Dr. Gary VanLandingham, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative


Results First in Your State 

Better Results, Lower Costs


New Mexico Results First- Ensuring Investments Get Better Outcomes at Lower Costs

Charles Sallee, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee


Office of the Legislative Auditor General

John Shaff, Utah Legislative Auditor


Economic Recovery: Consumer Spending and Housing Industry


Consumer Spending: Building Momentum in Fits and Starts

Michael P. Niemira, International Council of Shopping Centers


Housing = Jobs

Rick Judson, National Association of Home Builders



Future of Western Legislatures


Secretary of State Reed Handout

Sam Reed, Secretary of State for the State of Washington, 2001-2012


Making Technology Work for Voters

Scott Gessler, Colorado Secretary of State


The Future of Voting: Technology and Change in Nevada

Ross Miller, Nevada Secretary of State


Bringing Elections into the 21st Century: Data, Technology & the Future of Registration

Zachary Markovits, Manager, Election Initiatives





Creation of the Nevada Health Link

Jon M Hager, Executive Director, Silver State Health Insurance Exchange


Health Insurance Exchanges- Addressing the Challenges Ahead

Leanne Gassaway, Regional Vice President, State Advocacy, America’s Health Insurance Plans


Arkansas Health Insurance Exchanges Experiences
Representative John Burris, Arkansas State Legislature


The Health Insurance Marketplace 101

Herb Schultz, Regional Director, Region IX., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



Health: Diabetes Forum


Diabetes 101

Francisco J. Prieto, M.D. ADA National Advocacy Committee Member


Change Today for a Healthier Future

Heather Hodge, Director, Chronic Disease Prevention, YMCA of the USA


The State of Diabetes in Colorado

Michelle Hansen, MS, RD,CDE Chronic Disease Manager

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Prevention Services Division,

Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Branch



Higher Education Taskforce


Changes to Oregon’s Higher Education Governance

Representative Michael Dembrow, Oregon


Higher Education Finance in the Western States

Dennis Jones, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems


Tennessee’s Outcomes-Based Funding Formula

Richard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission


The Public Agenda for Higher Education

David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education


Development of an Outcomes Based State Funding Formula

Dr. Jose Garcia, Secretary, New Mexico Higher Education Department



North America Summit


Honourable Cal Dallas, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Government of Alberta


Russell Jones, Vice Chair, Border Trade Alliance


Jose Pablo Maauad Ponton, Mexico President, NASCO,

Economic Development Secretary for the State of Hidalgo


Dr. Robert A. Pastor, Director, Center for North American Studies, American University


D. Rick Van Schoik, North American Research Partnership


Mexico:A Reliable Global Partner

Julian Adem Diaz de Leon, Consul of Mexico, Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas



Water & Environment


Reclamation Presentation on the Colorado River Basin Water and Supply Study

Ken Nowak, Bureau of Reclamation


Colorado River Basin Water and Supply Study Website


Water Reuse Applications

Daniel Gerrity, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Tempering the Thirst of America’s Driest City

Doug Bennett, Conservation Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority


Weather and Climate Extremes: How Will They Affect our Water Supplies?

Dr. Kelly Redmond, Deputy Director and Regional Climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center


Climate Change Impacts on Extreme Events

Executi Director, Western States Water Council





Innovations in Science and Technology:

Shaping the Role of Government and What It Means for the West

Marcus Conklin, Associate Director, Lied Institute @ UNLV


Speaker Bios