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Meeting Agenda (Preliminary as of 08/19/2021, subject to change)

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   Tuesday, September 28

 

 11:00-6:00 PM

 

Attendees are asked to check in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.

 

 12:00-5:00 PM

 

With ongoing negotiations regarding the governance of the Colorado River, the Colorado River Forum provides a much-needed opportunity for state legislators to connect and address pressing issues and opportunities of this important river system to the Western region. Appointed members, as well as other key stakeholders, will convene to exchange information and identify regional strategies that will inform the rule-making process that will govern the Colorado River into the future.

 

Speakers:

John D’Antonio, State Water Engineer, New Mexico

Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Patrick Tyrell, Commissioner, Wyoming

Tony Williardson, Western States Water Council

 

 3:00-5:00 PM

 

It can be difficult to bridge the political divide. How do we talk with people who hold political views that are different from our own? Is there a path forward, out of conflict, toward understanding and healing? This engaging, two-hour workshop will prepare attendees to engage in dialogue by building skills for listening, managing emotions, developing accurate perceptions of others, and sharing their own views. The workshop’s active learning format consists of demonstrations, presentations, polls, discussion, and role plays.

 

Speaker:

Tania Israel, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

 3:00-5:00 PM

 

State legislators and subject matter experts will host a panel discussion addressing state trends and efforts to promote inclusive workforce policies. Designed to enhance employment opportunities for all Americans, the session will focus on providing examples and strategies that can be used to address the needs of underserved populations throughout the region.

 

 5:30-6:30 PM

 

CSG West Officers invite newcomers of the Annual Meeting to connect at this private reception.

 

 5:30-6:30 PM

 

Get to know your hosts, meet fellow guests, and learn about the opportunities Colorado Springs offers to recreate, relax, and rejuvenate.

 

 5:30-6:30 PM

 

Alumni of the Western Legislative Academy are invited to attend and re-connect with fellow program graduates.

 

 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Enjoy the company of fellow attendees for an evening reception under Colorado skies. A spectacular view of Cheyenne Mountain and the Rocky Mountains provides the perfect backdrop for an elegant barbeque event, accompanied by a fresh take on traditional bluegrass music provided by Colorado College’s Bluegrass Ensemble.

 

Click here for Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble performs “Shadow Grove” at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, 2017

 

 

   Wednesday, September 29

 

 7:00-7:30 AM

 

Invigorate your day with a morning walk in the fresh mountian air.

 

 7:00-6:00 PM

 

Attendees are asked to check in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.

 

 7:30-8:30 AM

 

Open to all registered attendees and guests, this morning’s breakfast will feature the Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony. Following the posting of the colors, pledge of allegiance, and national anthem, CSG West Chair, Representative Clark Kauffman will offer an official welcome to kick off the meeting activities.

 

 8:30-10:00 AM

 

With increased reliance on digital tools, the importance of cybersecurity has become a critical concern. In this session, the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) will lead a conversation with state legislators addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by cybersecurity-related legislation this year. Supporting this dialogue, NCC will present some practical tools for maintaining good cyber hygiene and ensuring effective and efficient delivery of government services.

 

Speakers:

Mattie Gullixson, Program Director, National Cybersecurity Center

Forrest Senti, Vice President of Programs & Operations, National Cybersecurity Center

 

 8:30-10:00 AM

 

Wildland fires are exceedingly complex phenomena. Despite rigorous training, seasoned responders may be tragically unprepared for such complex, unpredictable and explosive fire behavior of today’s wildland fires.

 

Large wildland fires are extremely dynamic phenomena that encounter a wide range of fuels, terrain, and environments often during one event and produce extreme behaviors such as fire whirls, blow-ups, 100-m long bursts of flame shooting ahead of the fire line, fire winds 10 times stronger than local windspeeds and firestorms – all resulting from complex interactions between the fire and its environment. Human intelligence simply cannot integrate all the interacting factors needed to anticipate when weather will combine with topography and fuels to dramatically amplify and change the fire’s behavior.

 

For nearly two decades, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has worked with federal, university, state, private sector, and international partners to develop wildfire prediction technologies that can provide practical decision support tools to help local, county and state personnel deal with these dangerous and potentially deadly phenomena.

 

Speaker:

William Mahoney III, Director, Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

 

 8:30-12:30 PM

 

During this session, Nominating Committee members will host interviews of applicants for the 2022 CSG West Vice Chair position. Due to the nature of the session content, attendance is strictly limited to members of the Nominating Committee and interviewing candidates only.

 

 10:00-10:30 AM

 

A great place to connect with colleagues, the Capitol Connections Café welcomes attendees to sit, sip, and recharge between sessions.

 

 10:30-11:20 PM

 

During this session, participants will get an exclusive look at Colorado's "School Access For Emergency Response" (SAFER) Grant Program and how SCHOOLSAFE is used to provide seamless interoperable communications among traditional and non-traditional responders to rapidly resolve school emergencies. With mounting concern over the years, community partner and school early adopters have testified in Committee that communications interoperability is an essential tool for dealing with the widest range of safety situations. All the Colorado school safety bills addressing this need achieved overwhelming bipartisan support and were among the most widely supported public safety measures in the history of the State. This Learning Lab will show how continual use of the free RAND Corporation "Getting to Outcomes" program, a proven evidence-based evaluation approach, can verify and validate SCHOOLSAFE and SAFER as a sustainable combined solution for multi-hazard emergency response for schools.

This Legislative Learning Lab is sponsored by SCHOOLSAFE.

 

 10:30-12:30 PM

 

Continued growth and shifts in population have impacted the region creating challenges for housing and infrastructure needs. During this session, the board will address these topics and will also assess the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the role of state governments and the private sector.

 

Speakers:

Lance Hastings, President & CEO, California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Sarah Klarich, Project Manager, City & County of Denver

Ted Leighty, CEO, Colorado Association of Home Builders

 

 10:30-12:30 PM

 

Bringing broadband to all communities across the west requires issues of supply chain be addressed. During this session, participants will discuss how states are dealing with broadband and supply chain challenges. Connecting farmers directly to consumers, Food Freedom laws have been implemented by states. A secondary discussion of how these laws operate will review their role in supporting local agriculture and enhancing food security.

 

Speakers:

Alexia Kuwiec, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

 

 11:30-12:20 PM

 

Achieving the shared goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require innovation from all energy sectors, smart use of the state's infrastructure and careful consideration of the impacts. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with natural gas in a low-carbon future. This Legislative Learning Lab is sponsored by Xcel Energy.

 

 12:30-2:15 PM

 

All attendees and registered guests are invited to enjoy lunch in conjunction with the scheduled 74th Annual Meeting opening ceremony.

 

Applying an unusual blend of marketing savvy and common-sense demography, Ken Gronbach provides unique insights into our complex world. While counterintuitive in the realm of demography, Gronbach’s approach predicts the that United States and the Americas will excel in the post pandemic era – all because of their demographics. He will also address questions such as: How will workforces change? Which countries are set to dramatically prosper? Why is a nation’s demographic dependency ratio so important?

 

 2:30-4:00 PM

 

The Private Sector Forum joins invited public and private sector representatives to discuss CSG West programs and services as well as engage on ways to marshal private sector support of the organization’s mission.

 

 2:30-4:30 PM

 

Canada and the United States have long had one of the closest bilateral relationships in the world. In February, both countries committed to a Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership which serves as a blueprint for the kind of mutually beneficial partnership all involved would like to see. During this year’s Canada Relations Committee meeting, members will be led in a discussion about the opportunities and challenges for states and provinces with a new U.S. Administration and the pending results of a recently called federal election in Canada. Alternative energy sources will also be discussed.  

 

Speakers:

Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood, CEO, Canadian American Business Council

Dr. Ian Lange, Associate Professor of Economics, Colorado School of the Mines

 

 2:30-3:20 PM

 

Cannabis has been the focus of considerable debate, advocacy, and policy, generating both interest and misinformation. This presentation will provide an overview of cannabis and cannabinoid technology, current regulations, and web-based resources available for continued learning. This Legislative Learning Lab is sponsored by Greenwich Biosciences.

 

Speakers:

Dr. Jennifer L. Marlo-Triemstra, MS, PhD, Medical Affairs Associate Director of Cannibinoid Education, Greenwich Biosciences

Jessica Wolfe, Senior Director, State Government Reimbursement and Policy, Greenwich Biosciences

 

 3:30-4:20 PM
 5:00-6:00 PM

 

Whether connecting with old friends or looking to make new connections, all attendees are invited to attend this networking hour as we give thanks to our generous sponsors. Food and fun will be available to all with a special challenge available for those who enjoy a little friendly competition.

 

 6:00-7:00 PM

 

Honoring the generous support of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates members, attendees are invited to enjoy the terrace view while partaking in light conversation and fare.

 

 6:00-7:00 PM

 

Pairing a taste of Japan with the opportunity to engage with other participants, this reception extends an open invitation to all.

 

 6:00-7:00 PM

 

The Consulate General of Canada in Denver is pleased to join its fellow Consulates General from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle in a celebration of the enduring Canada-U.S. partnership at CSG West. Hosted by Consul General of Canada in the U.S. Mountain West Region, Sylvain Fabi, we hope you will join us for friends, festivities, and food (including uniquely Canadian treats!) as we work to further expand our historic bilateral relationship, together.

 

 6:00-7:00 PM

 

Offering participants a chance to gather and converse, Xcel Energy welcomes everyone to partake in this hosted reception.

 

 8:30-10:00 PM

 

Join the State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) and CSG West friends and colleagues for an after-dinner reception hosting sweets and other treats.

 

 

   Thursday, September 30

 

 6:30 AM

 

The early bird gets the view onthis 1-hour hike in the North Cheyenne Canyon. iking shoes are highly recommended due to terrain.

 

 7:00-7:30 AM

 

Invigorate your day with a morning walk in the fresh mountian air.

 

 7:00-6:00 PM

 

Attendees are asked to check in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.

 

 7:30-8:30 AM

 

Breakfast service is provided each morning to all attendees and registered guests. No programming.

 

 7:30-10:00 AM

 

In a review of emerging trends, CSG West Officers, committee co-chairs, and key stakeholders will enjoy breakfast together for an engaged discussion on industry developments. Former Senate President Brent Hill, currently of Next Generation National Institute for Civil Discourse will conclude the session with a discussion of civility and its vital role in leadership.

 

Speaker:

Brent Hill, Next Generation National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD)

 

 8:30-9:20 AM

 

As businesses and state governments continue to adapt to the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID19 pandemic, there is much discussion about the effect on various sectors, including labor shortages, supply chain issues and the outlook. Join the President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Esther George, for insights on the current and post-pandemic economic challenges and opportunities. 

 

Speaker:

Esther George, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 

 8:30-10:00 AM

 

An issue facing many legislators, criminal justice reform is a complex topic requiring an understanding of the various avenues available to improve community safety, reduce recidivism, lower criminal justice costs, and assist offenders. During this session, participants will learn how Veterans Courts and similar problem-solving courts impact reform efforts with focus given to the key principles of theses courts, which stakeholders should be involved in developing policy, and the resources necessary to operate these courts. This session is hosted by the Veterans Trauma Court, Fourth Judicial District, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

 10:30-11:20 AM

 

Helping people build financial literacy as early as possible improves their overall financial well-being. Lawmakers can play a key role in promoting the financial health of their constituents and this session will provide a comprehensive overview of what states are doing with regard to policy initiatives. This Legislative Learning Lab is sponsored by OneMain Financial.

 

 10:00-10:30 AM

 

A great place to connect with colleagues, the Capitol Connections Café welcomes attendees to sit, sip, and recharge between sessions.

 

 10:30-12:30 PM

 

The topics of justice reinvestment and police reform have been priority topics in state houses throughout the region. During this session, committee members will share updates on work in their state while also hearing from staff of the CSG Justice Center about broader efforts related to these topics.

 

Speaker:

Marshall Clement, CSG Justice Center

 

 10:30-12:30 PM
 12:30-2:15 PM

 

All attendees and registered guests are invited to enjoy lunch in conjunction with the scheduled 74th Annual Meeting opening ceremony.

 

After graduating from West Point, Matthew Griffin served four tours of duty as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. After leaving the Army, he channeled his experience and knowledge to co-found Combat Flip Flops which encourages peace through trade, or “business over bullets”.

Honoring his intention to create positive change in the world, Griffin has helped to fund the education of over 800 girls in Northern Afghanistan, founded 46&2 - a nonprofit organization helping transitioning veterans overcome PTSD, and participated in documentary films such as Adventure Not War: Ski Iraq and Here Am I, Send Me. A firm believe that “anything worth doing is worth overdoing”, Griffin shares his story of chasing big goals inspiring others to do the same.

 

 2:30-4:30 PM
 2:30-4:30 PM
 5:00-6:00 PM

 

Join CSG West Chair Representative Clark Kauffman to discover what’s possible in anticipation of the 75th Annual Meeting in Boise, ID.

 

 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Recognized by Congressional designation in 2018, “America’s National World War II Aviation Museum” provides the perfect setting for a festive and victory themed closing event. Home to 18 fully restored World War II aircraft that tell the story of America’s technical aviation innovations that helped win the war, guests can explore history as they enjoy an evening among colleagues. Providing a jazzy ambience for the evening, the Deborah Stafford Swingtet will be on hand to get toes tapping to a variety of big band hits.

 

 

   Friday, October 1

 

 7:00-7:30 AM

 

Invigorate your day with a morning walk in the fresh mountian air.

 

 7:30-8:30 AM
 8:30-10:30 AM

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states received federal funding requiring decisions on how to disburse funds within their state. During this session, committee members will share how their legislatures moved through this process, as well as lessons learned that can be applied to future events. Building on this conversation, members will discuss the recent opioid settlement and how they can apply what they learned during the pandemic to make this next decision-making process more efficient and effective for their state.

 

Speakers:

Christina Gordley, CSG Center of Innovation

Sarah Needler, CSG Center of Innovation

 

 8:30-10:30 AM
 11:00-1:30 PM

 

Members of the CSG West Executive Committee will convene for their annual review of organizational business and confirmation of the incoming CSG West Vice Chair. Participation is limited to Executive Committee members.