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Program Purpose


The border region presents an array of governing complexities ranging from term limits to regional policy issues. To cultivate leadership in the border region, the Border Legislative Academy (BLA) offers a one-and-a-half-day program focused on professional development. By bringing together legislators from the U.S. and Mexico border states, the program facilitates cooperative learning and the exchange of ideas to strength leadership and legislative institutions.

Program Goals


Connect key border stakeholders and legislative institutions;

Strengthen the understanding of the U.S. – Mexico relationship; and

Support border state legislators in becoming more effective leaders


Who Attends?


Legislators from both U.S. and Mexican states are invited to apply for admission to the program. Preference will be given to border state legislators within their first four years of cumulative service. For questions about the application and selection process, please contact Martha Castaneda at mcastaneda@csg.org


Meeting Information


The next Border Legislative Academy will be hosted in 2021. Please check back later in the year for information on tentative dates and location.