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All Western legislators are members of CSG West and are invited to attend the Annual Meeting.

For all questions about the Annual Meeting, please contact csgwam@csg.org.

(Schedule as of February 23, 2024)

Tuesday, July 9

TimeEvent
2:00-6:00 p.m. Registration Opens
Attendees are asked to check in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.
3:00-5:00 p.m.CSG West Nominating Committee (Invite Only)
Based on the bipartisan rotation, the Nominating Committee will consider Democratic candidates for the 2025 vice chair position, which will rotate to the role of chair in 2027. Applicants must be members of the Executive Committee. Reach out to Edgar Ruiz to learn more.
6:00-8:00 p.m.Explore the Extraordinary! Welcome Dinner
Kick off the first extraordinary event at the 77th CSG West Annual Meeting! All registered attendees are welcome to join. Mix, mingle, and learn what is most extraordinary from one another.
8:30-10:00 p.m.Networking EventOregon Night (Invite Only)
A special event hosted by Oregon for meeting sponsors.

Wednesday, July 10

TimeEvent
7:15 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Registration Open
Attendees are asked to check-in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.
7:30-8:15 a.m.Opening Ceremony and 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, Senator Bill Hansell will offer an official welcome to kick off the meeting activities.
8:30-10:00 a.m.Leadership Coffee Talk (invite only)
Legislative and CSG West leaders, alongside select sponsors, are invited to an exclusive discussion to address critical opportunities and challenges in state legislatures.
8:30-10:00 a.m.Chairs’ Forum 1
Chairs’ Forums leverage the expertise of leaders and industries affecting key issues in Oregon and across the Western region.
8:30-9:20 a.m.Legislative Learning Lab 1
Legislative Learning Labs allow private sector experts to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
8:30-9:30 a.m.Friends & Family Meet n’ Greet
Get to know your hosts and meet fellow guests! See everything Travel Portland offers for the week ahead of you.
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.Housing Breakout Session

Led by Idaho Senator Melissa Wintrow and Oregon Senator David Bonham, the CSG West Housing Committee hosts this session.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Westrends Breakout Session

Led by Wyoming Representative Landon Brown and New Mexico Senator Liz Stefanics, the CSG West Westrends Board hosts this session.
10:30-11:20 a.m.Legislative Learning Lab 2
Legislative Learning Labs allow private sector experts to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
11:30-12:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab 3
Legislative Learning Labs allow private sector experts to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
12:30-2:15 p.m.General Session Lunch with Keynote – Samantha Jordan
Before the keynote, join us in congratulating the Fahrenkamp Award recipient. The award recognizes leaders whose legislative careers display an ability to see and work beyond the borders of their own states in the interest of the West.

Samantha Jordan is a futurist on a mission to spread “plausible optimism” about the possibilities of emerging technologies. As a consultant with the Future Today Institute (FTI), a leading foresight and strategy firm founded by world-renowned futurist Amy Webb, Jordan helps organizations dissect the complexities of upcoming opportunities, while also factoring the inherent risks. Her analysis of the data and trends in the ever-changing tech landscape gets organizations unstuck and ready to develop and implement their own customized, future-focused strategies for evolving their businesses.
2:30-3:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab 4
Legislative Learning Labs allow private sector experts to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
2:30-4:00 p.m.Public Safety Breakout Session

Led by Alaska Senator Matt Claman and Oregon Senator David Brock Smith, and hosted by the CSG West Public Safety Committee.
2:30-4:00 p.m.Agriculture and Water Breakout Session

Led by Montana Senator Wendy McKamey and California Assemblymember Lori Wilson, and hosted by the CSG West Agriculture and Water Committee.
3:30-4:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab 5
Legislative Learning Labs provide private sector experts an opportunity to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
5:00-6:00 p.m.Receptions
6:00-8:30 p.m.Evening Event and Dinner at the World Forestry Center

Thursday, July 11

TimeEvent
7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Registration Open
Attendees are asked to check in at the registration desk to receive meeting information and credentials.
7:30-8:15 a.m.Breakfast
Start your day of sessions with a delicious breakfast open to all registered attendees.
8:30-10:00 a.m.Chairs Forum 2
Chairs’ Forums leverage the expertise of leaders and industries affecting key issues in Oregon and across the Western region.
8:30-9:20 a.m.Legislative Learning Lab 6
Legislative Learning Labs provide private sector experts an opportunity to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
8:30-12:30 p.m.Annual Legislative Training Assembly (ALTA)
Hosted by Western Legislative Academy Class President, Wyoming Rep. Karlee Provenza, ALTA sessions provide professional development on topics related to legislative service, and the opportunity to engage in conversations with colleagues on sharpening leadership skills.
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 Lab 7
Legislative Learning Labs provide private sector experts an opportunity to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Canada Relations Breakout Session

Led by Washington Representative Debra Lekanoff and Alberta MLA Grant Hunter, the Canada Relations Committee hosts this session.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Health Breakout Session

Led by Nevada Senator Rochelle Nguyen and Utah Representative Steve Eliason, the CSG West Health Committee Hosts this session.
11:30-12:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab 8
Legislative Learning Labs provide private sector experts an opportunity to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch
Open lunch to all registered attendees.
2:00-5:00 p.m.Policy and Friends and Family Tours
This afternoon, attendees will have the option to attend either policy tours or friends and family tours. Policy tours will provide an opportunity to experience hands-on facilities and innovations in the Portland area for a greater understanding of specific issues and/or industries. Are you interested in sponsoring a tour? Click here to apply.
5:30-6:30 p.m.Leadership Excellence for Nonpartisan Staff (LENS) Reception (invite only)

Friday, July 12

7:30 a.m.-2:30 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.Breakfast
Grab a tasty breakfast before sessions! Open to all registered attendees.
8:30-10:00 a.m.Legislative Oversight Breakout Session
Led by Utah Senator Todd Weiler and California Assemblymember David Alvarez, and hosted by the CSG West Legislative Oversight Working Group
8:30-10:00 a.m.Chairs Forum 3
Chairs’ Forums leverage the expertise of leaders and industries affecting key issues in Oregon and across the Western region.
8:30-9:20 a.m.Legislative Learning Lab 9
Legislative Learning Labs allow private sector experts to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
8:30-12:30 p.m.Leadership Excellence for Nonpartisan Staff Workshop 1 (invite only)
CSG West in partnership with The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, offers these workshops for nonpartisan staff aimed at strengthening legislative institutions and providing the next generation of leadership with foundational skills and a network of colleagues.
9:30-10:20 a.m.Private Sector Forum
Private sector attendees are invited to share feedback on CSG West offerings and learn about upcoming opportunities to engage.
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 Lab 10
Legislative Learning Labs provide private sector experts an opportunity to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Education Breakout Session

Led by Colorado Representative Cathy Kipp and hosted by the CSG West Education Committee.
10:30-12:30 p.m.Energy and Environment Breakout Session

Led by Wyoming Senator Eric Barlow and Hawaii Representative Nicole Lowen and hosted by the CSG West Energy & Environment Committee.
11:30-12:20 p.m.Legislative Learning Lab 11
Legislative Learning Labs provide private sector experts an opportunity to host educational forums that address critical issues facing state legislatures. They are designed to share information and engage participants in conversation around industry innovations and resources.
Click here to apply for a session.
12:30-2:15 p.m.General Session Lunch with Keynote – Daniel James Brown
Before the keynote kicks off, help us also congratulate the SCAG Chair’s Award recipient, the LENS graduating class of 2023, and look out for some exciting information about Annual Meeting 2025.

Daniel James Brown is The New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, now being made into a movie directed by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Brown’s other books include Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894, which traces the personal stories and social, economic, and environmental causes of the Great Hinkley Fire, The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride, which follows the footsteps of Sarah Graves, a young bride who left her home in Illinois in the spring of 1846, only to become one of a handful of the ill-fated Donner Party members who attempted to hike out of the Sierra Nevada to save herself and her family, and his second New York Times bestseller, Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War ll, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation.
2:30-4:00 p.m.Executive Committee Session (invite only)
2:30-4:00 p.m.Leadership Excellence for Nonpartisan Staff Workshop 2 (invite only)
CSG West in partnership with The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, offers these workshops for nonpartisan staff aimed at strengthening legislative institutions and providing the next generation of leadership with foundational skills and a network of colleagues.
4:30-5:30 p.m.2025 Annual Meeting Wyoming Kick-Off Reception
CSG West Chair-Elect, Wyoming Representative Mike Yin, invites you to kick off the 2025 Annual Meeting, scheduled for September 2025 in Jackson.
6:00-8:30 p.m.Evening Event and Dinner at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Sessions are open to all registered attendees unless otherwise noted.