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54th CSG/ERC Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, August 3-6, 2014


This year’s meeting featured three days of in-depth discussions with experts from government, academia and the private sector on a range of critical topics spanning nearly a dozen policy areas.


Please visit this page for frequent post-meeting updates.





Resolution Honoring MNA François Ouimet


Resolution on Restrictive Procurement Policies

Resolution on Truck Cargo Pre-Inspection and Preclearance Programs



Monday, August 4

Tuesday, August 5

Wednesday, August 6

photo gallery

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speaker presentations

Monday, August 4, 2014
Welcoming Remarks
State Strategies to Promote Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Majora Carter, Co-Founder & CEO StartUpBox
Luncheon Plenary
Post Meeting Policy Summary          Contact Dr. Carolyn Orr
Monday, August 4, 2014
Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Meeting (NSAAS)
State Efforts to Recruit and Retain Farmers and Provide Local Foods
Cris Coffin, New England Director,  American Farmland Trust
Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Farm to Plate
Implementation of the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act
Roberta Wagner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Food and Risk Perception
David Ropeik, Author, Harvard Extension School Faculty, Lecturer
Strategies for Improving Regional Water Quality (Joint Session with Energy & Environment)
Ann Persiri Swanson, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission
Larry S. Coffman, Deputy Director, Department of Environment, Prince George's County, MD
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Marijuana and Opioids, Drugs and Rural Communities State Roundtable
Marijuana and Hemp: An Economic Boon?
Dr. Will Snell, University of Kentucky
Opiod Addition in Rural Communities
Dr. Frederick Holmes and Dustin Machia of the film, "Hungry Heart" (HungryHeartVideoClip)
Federal Update
Marge Kilkelly, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr., ME
The Growth of Aquaculture in the Northeast
Senator Gary Simpson, DE
Post Meeting Policy Summary          Contact Earl Eisenhart
Monday, August 4, 2014
Committee Meeting
Update on the Regulatory Cooperation Council and Beyond the Border Agreements
James D. Phillips, President & CEO, Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance
Cross-Border Truck Preclearance Projects
Stephen Laskowski, Senior Vice President, Canadian Trucking Association
Industry Perspectives on the Current Status of Cross-Border Trade
Lauren Airey, Director, Trade Facilitation Policy, National Association of Manufacturers
Post Meeting Policy Summary          Contact Kaylan Sobel
Monday, August 4, 2014
CSG Black Caucus and Justice Center Session on School Discipline
Michael Thompson, Director,CSG Justice Center
Robert Murphy, Specialist, Dropout Prevention, Maryland State Department of Education
Khaatim Sherrer El, Special Assistant in the Office of the Superintendant, Newark Public Schools
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Innovations in Student Assessment to Measure 21st Century Skills and Knowledge for all Learners
Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education and Chiar of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Nancy Grasmick, Former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
Jacqueline King, Director of Higher Education Collaboration, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Mark Surabian, Assistive Technology Practitioner and Instructor, Pace University
Statewide Authorization Reciprocity Agreemtn (SARA): Balancing Access and Quality in Distance Education
Jim Hall, President Emeritus, SUNY Empire State College
Paul Shiffman, Executive Director, Presidents' Forum, Excelsior College
Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director, National Council for SARA
Monday, August 4, 2014                         Contact Eleanor Saunders or Rona Cohen
Roundtable on the Grid of the Future
Anne E. Hoskins, Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission
Rajendra Addepalli, Director of the Office of Electric, Gas and Water, New York Public Service Commission
Post-Meeting Policy Summary 
Strategies for Improving Regional Water Quality (Joint session with Agriculture)
Ann Persiri Swanson, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission
Larry S. Coffman, Deputy Director, Department of Environment, Prince George’s County, MD
Post-Meeting Policy Summary
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
State-Federal Dialogue on Forging Resilience to Severe Weather (For government officials and staff only)
Susan Ruffo, Associate Director for Climate Preparedness, White House Council on Environmental Quality
State officials and staff may contact Eleanor Saunders and Rona Cohen to access a post-meeting summary.
Post Meeting Policy Summary          Contact Dr. Ellen Andrews or Kaylan Sobel
Monday, August 4, 2014
Committee Meeting
Medicaid Updates from CMS and the States
Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, NY, Chair, NYS Assembly Program Oversight Council
Olivia Puckett, Administrator, Connecticut Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council
Clare Wrobel, State Innovation Model, CMS
Post Meeting Policy Summary          Contact Debbie-Ann Paige
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Task Force Meeting
Monday, August 4, 2014
The Psychology of Risk: Why We Get Risk Wrong, How That Can Raise Our Risk, and What We Can Do About It
David Ropeik, Principal, Ropeik and Associates
Post Meeting Policy Summary          Contact Steve Hewitt or Don Hannon
Monday, August 4, 2014
Committee Meeting
Roundtable Discussion
Bryan Kendro, Director, Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships, Pennsylvania Department of Transportion
Representative Diane Lanpher, VT
Senator Thomas McGee, MA
Leo Penne, Leo Penne Consulting
Sean Slone, Program Manager, Transportation Policy, CSG National
The Infrastructure Crisis: Finding Solutions - "Passengers+Freight x The Future = Challenges"
Leo Penne, Leo Penne Consulting
Jennifer Macdonald, Assistant VP of Government Affairs, American Association of Railroads
Caitlin Hughes Rayman, Director of Freight Management & Operations, U.S. Dept. of Transportation
Brian T. Pallasch, CAE, Managing Director, Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
Lloyd Brown, Communications Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Jack Basso, Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Lessons from the Edge: Cybersecurity - Balancing Promise with Privacy
Richard Forno, PhD, Lecturer & Graduate Program Director, Cybersecurity and Assistant Director, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Center for Cybersecurity
Jeffery Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy
Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula, NJ
Deven McGraw, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Joseph Turow, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania
The Opiod Addiction and Treatment Options
Dr. Frederick Holmes and Dustin Machia of the film "Hungry Heart"      (HungryHeartVideoClip)
Dan Ollendorf, Chief Review Officier, Institute of Clinical  and Economic Review
Sara Jane Reed, Program Director, New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council
Building Trust through Civil Discourse
Former Representative Ted Celeste, OH
Former Representative Nancy Garland, OH
Senator Frank LaRose, OH