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Meeting Agenda (Tentative schedule as of 06/2022 – subject to change)

Tuesday, July 19

TimeEvent
2:00-6:30 p.m. Registration Opens
Attendees are asked to check-in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.
5:30-6:30 p.m. New Attendee Reception
CSG West Officers invite newcomers to the Annual Meeting to connect at this private reception.
5:30-6:30 p.m. Friends and Family Meet and Greet at the Boise Centre Courtyard
Get to know your hosts, meet fellow guests, and learn about the opportunities Boise offers to recreate, relax, and rejuvenate.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Welcome Event at the Boise Centre Courtyard
Enjoy the company of fellow attendees for an evening reception in the courtyard of the Boise Centre.

Wednesday, July 20

TimeEvent
7:00-7:30 a.m.Early Bird Walk
Invigorate your day with a morning walk in the fresh mountain air.
7:30-6:30 p.m.Registration Open
Attendees are asked to check-in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.
7:30-8:30 a.m.Opening Ceremony & Breakfast
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.
8:30-9:20 a.m.Public Banking – Creating Publicly Owned State Banks and A National Infrastructure Bank
Join Washington Senator Bob Hasegawa in this educational session that will provide policymakers and other stakeholders an introduction to public banking for states. Attendees will learn about an alternative to the current banking and bonding paradigm of public financing in order to greatly enhance public financing capacity for infrastructure projects and other programs without raising taxes. Former President & CEO of the Bank of North Dakota, Eric Hardmeyer, will offer his insights and experiences in managing the only publicly owned state bank in the U.S. Finally, the session will offer an overview of federal legislation HR 3339 aimed at establishing a National Infrastructure Bank.
8:30-10:00 a.m.The Art & Science of Influence
Gain insights as well as practical tips for exercising influence, including the uses of reciprocity, social proof, priming, framing, and the limits of transactional approaches to influence.  
8:30-10:00 a.m.Policy Tour – Animal Health Aqua Headquarters (RSVP required)
Biomark has been a leader in radio frequency identification (RFID) monitoring for salmon and steelhead conservation for over 30 years, providing researchers, (state/federal, tribal, and private entities) with the tools required to answer some of the most difficult and essential questions related to recovery and conservation. Participants can tour the manufacturing and sales facilities and get a sense of how technology can continue to help conservation and recovery efforts for species that are vitally important to our region.
Biomark/MERCK sponsors this policy tour.
Please note: This tour is limited to 10 participants. Please contact Jacqueline Tinetti to RSVP.
8:30-12:30 p.m.Nominating Committee (invite only)
During this session, Nominating Committee members will convene interviews of applicants for the 2023 CSG West Vice-Chair position. Due to the nature of the session, attendance is strictly limited to members of the Nominating Committee and interviewing candidates only.
10:00-10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break at the Capitol Connections Café
A great place to connect with colleagues, the Capitol Connections Café welcomes attendees to sit, sip, and recharge between sessions.
10:30-11:20 a.m.Legislative Learning LabPrivate Sector: Partners in Water Stewardship
In the Coca-Cola System, we believe that we have a responsibility to be conscientious stewards of the water resources we share. Water is not only the first ingredient in most of our beverages but it’s also central to the long-term success of our business and the health of our communities. Our water strategy focuses on sustainable water security through local water replenishment, advocacy for smart water policies, and responsible water use throughout our operations and communities.
Swire Coca-Cola sponsors this Legislative Learning Lab
10:30-12:30 p.m.Health Committee
The Health Committee provides a forum where legislators can engage in the exchange of information and ideas on relevant policy topics at all levels of government. The committee facilitates the engagement on health issues facing policymakers and sharing of collaborative solutions.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Workforce Development Committee
The Workforce Development Committee provides legislators a forum to discuss policy strategies and workforce priorities unique to Western states. Areas of focus are wide-ranging and include, but are not limited to, apprenticeships, occupational licensure, interstate compacts, reentry workforce training, and career-connected opportunities in STEM fields.
12:30-2:15 p.m.General Session Lunch & Keynote – DeDe Halfhill
All registered attendees and guests are invited to enjoy lunch with our keynote speaker.
 
U.S. Air Force retired Colonel, DeDe Halfhill is a proven leader who draws from 25 years of command experience and as a senior advisor to the military’s highest-ranking officials to provide a real-world perspective on the power of embracing humanness and vulnerability in leadership. DeDe speaks honestly about her experience with traditional military leadership and how it often overlooked the role emotion plays in building trust and connection. Explaining how there aren’t enough leaders to meet society’s evolving demand for leadership through vulnerability, she teaches the critical skills today’s leaders need to navigate difficult conversations on hard topics such as mental health and inequity with humanity to create a more purposeful, inclusive culture. You will leave this presentation with new skills to grow as a trusted leader, connect on purpose, and engage with humanity in the workplace.
2:30-4:30 p.m.Canada Relations Committee
The Canada Relations Committee strives to strengthen the understanding, ties, collaboration, and cooperation among Western state and provincial legislators on issues of utmost importance to the bi-national relationship. Past topics include agriculture, border crossings and management, economic competitiveness, energy, health, market access, security, technology, trade, and transportation. Participating legislators engage with key federal and private sector stakeholders from both countries to address issues of common concern and identify shared solutions to shared challenges
2:30-4:30 p.m.Executive Presence
Learn concepts and practical skills critical to building a presence that enables effective communication. Participants will learn how to command a room, connect with stakeholders, and handle even the toughest pushback with confidence and grace. This interactive session will arm attendees with concrete skills to use right away. 
2:30-3:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab – Building a Water Resilient West
Recent analysis has found that low-to-no-snow winters could become a regular occurrence in the western U.S., which has historically depended on snowpack for up to 75% of its water. Participants will learn about a series of new initiatives at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help the West adapt to these changes.  Topics will include trends in snowpack for mountain ranges across the West, groundwater management tools to measure and store water, and the work of the National Alliance for Water Innovation – a five-year $110 million Department of Energy initiative to advance low-cost, low-energy water re-use, recycling, and desalination.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sponsors this Legislative Learning Lab.
5:00-6:00 p.m.WLA Alumni Reception (invite only)
Alumni of the Western Legislative Academy are invited to attend and re-connect with fellow program graduates.
5:00-6:00 p.m.Sponsored ReceptionStrategies 360 (Grove Hotel, 4th Floor Terrace)
Reception for invited legislators and their spouses offering attendees a chance to gather and converse in a relaxed setting while networking with CSG West private sector partners. (Invite only; RSVP required)
6:30-8:30 p.m.Evening Event at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Join us for a game night at JUMP! JUMP is a unique and lively community space that provides opportunities to inspire, grow and innovate. Enjoy an evening of delicious food, drinks, and entertainment while relishing the views of downtown Boise, the Foothills, and the Owyhee Mountains.

Thursday, July 21

TimeEvent
7:00-7:30 a.m.Early Bird Walk
Invigorate your day with a morning walk in the fresh mountain air.
7:30-8:30 a.m.Breakfast
Breakfast service is provided each morning to all attendees and registered guests. No programming.
7:30-10:00 a.m.Leadership Coffee Talk (Invite Only)
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 and the vital role of leadership.
7:30-6:00 p.m.Registration Open
Attendees are asked to check in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.
8:30-10:00 a.m.The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: What Does it Mean for States? And How Can States Make the Best Use of the Federal Funding to Meet their Infrastructure Needs
8:30-10:00 a.m.Policy Tour – Animal Health Aqua Headquarters (RSVP required)
Biomark has been a leader in radio frequency identification (RFID) monitoring for salmon and steelhead conservation for over 30 years, providing researchers, (state/federal, tribal, and private entities) with the tools required to answer some of the most difficult and essential questions related to recovery and conservation. Participants can tour the manufacturing and sales facilities and get a sense of how technology can continue to help conservation and recovery efforts for species that are vitally important to our region.
Biomark/MERCK sponsors this policy tour.
Please note: This tour is limited to 10 participants. Please contact Jacqueline Tinetti to RSVP.
10:00-10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break at the Capitol Connections Café
10:30-12:30 p.m.Agriculture & Water Committee
Agriculture and water – the lifeblood of the west – are two sectors undergoing tremendous innovation and pressures. The Agriculture & Water Committee brings together legislators from across our region to discuss the current challenges and opportunities to assure food security, water reliability and quality, and foster cooperation.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Westrends Board
The Westrends Board provides a forum to evaluate the direction and velocity of trends impacting the quality of life in the West. The Westrends Board focuses on the implications of the demographic, economic and cultural trends in the region and what they entail for policymakers.
11:30-12:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab – Supporting K-12 Financial Literacy Education
Today, less than half of U.S states require a finance curriculum before graduating, despite its track record for empowering students to make smarter financial decisions. In this learning lab participants will hear from leaders in the financial literacy space to discuss ways to support K-12 financial education programs. Participants will also be provided best practices and actionable steps for the implementations of these programs in their communities.
OneMain Financial Sponsors this Legislative Learning Lab.
12:30-2:15 p.m.General Session Lunch
All attendees and registered guests are invited to enjoy lunch. A keynote speaker will be featured.
2:30-4:30 p.m.Education Committee
The Education Committee provides a forum in which legislators discuss and share emerging strategies on a wide range of education topics. Committee focus areas include STEM, technical education, lifelong learning models, course credit for military service, declining enrollment, social-emotional learning, and research-based outcomes, among others.
2:30-4:30 p.m.Legislative Oversight Working Group
The CSG West Legislative Oversight Working Group will offer attendees an opportunity to learn and exchange information about legislative oversight practices in the region. This will include lessons learned during the pandemic and how state policymakers can prepare for their next legislative sessions. Moreover, a panel of legislators will address challenges and opportunities of oversight of federal infrastructure funds and contract procurement.
2:30-3:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab – Charting a Pathway to Net-Zero
Throughout the CSG West region, natural gas utilities are implementing innovative approaches to renewables and energy efficiency in order to reduce greenhouse emissions while also ensuring the natural gas system’s continued resilience and ability to deliver affordable energy. Participants will learn about the ways in which natural gas LDCs are charting a pathway to Net-Zero by leveraging new and emerging technologies, and how to develop energy policies that can responsibly achieve our shared decarbonization goals.
American Gas Association sponsors this Legislative Learning Lab.
3:30-4:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab – Sustainable Manufacturing: The Environmental, Economic, and Geopolitical Benefits. 
Did you know that the only place in the Western Hemisphere that manufactures elemental phosphorus is in Soda Springs, Idaho? Participants in this session will discuss innovations that have been developed and deployed at this plant to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impacts. They will also learn about the economic benefits to the region, including the impact on product value, supply chain, and jobs.
Bayer sponsors this Legislative Learning Lab.
4:30-5:30 p.m.Networking Hour
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 will be available to all, along with a special challenge for those who enjoy a little friendly competition.
5:30-6:30 p.m.Sponsored Receptions
Sponsored receptions offer attendees a chance to gather in a relaxed setting and converse while getting to know CSG West private sector partners.
6:30 p.m.Free evening to enjoy all that Boise has to offer

Friday, July 22

TimeEvent
7:00-7:30 a.m.Early Bird Walk
Invigorate your day with a morning walk in the fresh mountain air.
7:30-8:30 a.m.Breakfast
Breakfast service is provided each morning to all attendees and registered guests. No programming.
7:30-2:30 p.m.Registration Open
Attendees are asked to check in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.
8:30-10:00 a.m.Best State Practices to Support Refugee Integration
Join the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for an interactive overview of the critical roles states play in the integration of refugee and immigrant communities. Participants will benefit from the policy expertise and practical solutions from an organization that helps restore livelihoods shattered by conflict and disaster – and gain hands-on experience of what the integration process is like for refugees fleeing from crises in Afghanistan, Ukraine, and elsewhere.
8:30-10:00 a.m.Policy Tour – Coordination and Cooperation in Wildland Fire Management (RSVP Required)
Get an inside look at the United States’ premier National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Participants will experience the logistical and support needs NFIC provides, insight into the command decision-making process and criteria when deploying resources, and conversations with the people who play key roles in those decisions. The tour will include an overview on the current issues impacting fire suppression in the West, including health and safety of frontline personnel, recruitment and retention of staff, and other key challenges.
Please note: This tour is limited to 28 participants. Please contact Jacqueline Tinetti to RSVP.
10:00-10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break at the Capitol Connections Café
A great place to connect with colleagues, the Capitol Connections Café welcomes attendees to sit, sip, and recharge between sessions.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Public Safety Committee
The Public Safety Committee provides a forum in which legislators can exchange information and ideas on relevant policy topics at all levels of government.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Energy & Environment Committee
The Energy & Environment Committee provides a forum in which legislators can engage in the exchange of information and ideas on key energy and environmental issues, which are influenced by global, national, and regional pressures. As policymakers race to identify sustainable solutions that balance economic, environmental, and other needs, the committee offers a space for western legislators to discuss the latest trends and challenges.
12:30-2:15 p.m.General Session Lunch
All registered attendees and guests are invited to enjoy lunch. A keynote speaker will be featured.
2:30-4:30 p.m.Executive Committee Meeting
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.
2:30-4:30Civil Discourse and the Founding Fathers: Good Then, Good Now
The American Founders recognized that differences escalating into dysfunctional partisan animosity was the chief reason every previous republic had failed. The main reason the American system takes separation of powers further than any other is to prevent parties from imposing their will on everyone else. In this session, we will discuss the history of civil discourse in America, practice some skills for coming together and hear from current legislators about its importance in today’s legislature.
5:00-6:00 p.m. 2023 Annual Meeting Kick-off Reception hosted by California 
Join CSG West Chair-Elect, California Assemblymember Mike Gipson, to learn more about the 76th CSG West Annual Meeting that will convene in Universal City, California
6:30-8:30 p.m.Evening Event & Fundraiser at Boise State University, Stueckle Sky Center
End your Annual Meeting experience with a visit to the famous Blue Turf at Boise State University. Enjoy the Friday Night Lights with food, fun, and friends at the CSG West closing event. Take part in a little friendly competition to benefit
this year’s Chairman’s Charity – Faces of Hope. Participants will be cheered on by Idaho’s own Spuddy Buddy and Boise State’s Buster Bronco. Join us in the fun by wearing your school jersey and be ready to take your picture with Idaho’s Famous Big Potato truck!

Sessions are open to all registered attendees unless otherwise noted.