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For Immediate Release
May 4, 2010
Contact: Kelley Arnold
Associate Director of Membership Services
(859) 244-8258


First-Ever Economic Summit of the States
Focuses on Recession, Recovery

Sessions Offer Platform for State Leaders to Exchange Ideas, Develop Creative Solutions

NEW YORK CITY—As the nation faces one of the most daunting challenges in its history, The Council of State Governments will convene the first-ever Economic Summit of the States, May 20-23, 2010, at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel in the heart of Times Square. South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, the 2010 CSG president, and Kentucky Senate President David L. Williams, the 2010 CSG chair, will lead the meeting.
As the nation’s only nonpartisan, neutral convener of state government officials from all three branches, CSG has planned this Economic Summit of the States to provide a platform for state legislators, legislative staff, state executive branch officials, state judicial branch officials and private sector partners to exchange ideas, debate tough issues and develop creative solutions.
“The current economic situation has brought many challenges to state governments across the country,” Williams said. “For most states, the past 18 months has been the most devastating period for state finances since the Great Depression. This Economic Summit of the States will give state leaders the opportunity to share innovative solutions that have worked for them and learn from others’ insights and ideas. It’s intended to inspire a robust dialogue and create a place where state leaders can connect, collaborate and emerge with new ideas and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Every state has felt the impact of the recession in some way, Gov. Rounds said.
 “I’m hopeful that the summit will result in an abundance of ideas that may help each state, in its own way, press forward toward improved economic times,” he said.  “State budgets have been especially hard hit, and what may work in one state may not work in another. That’s why it’s important to come up with a variety of options that can serve as tailored building blocks for recovery.”
In addition to Rounds and Williams, featured speakers at the summit include crisis communications expert Vincent Covello, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer, economist Arthur Laffer, communications professional Frank Luntz and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. Top state government officials speaking during the Economic Summit of the States include Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee, Kansas Senate President Stephen Morris and Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed.
The agenda for the summit will provide state government stakeholders with vital information and strategies to lead their respective states through these turbulent economic times. Beginning on Thursday, the summit will feature a series of “insight” panels designed to both inform attendees and inspire discussion around some of the most important topics related to the economic crisis. These insight panels will feature experts including state budget directors, appropriations chairs, legislative leadership and governors discussing topics ranging from managing current budget shortfalls to generating long-term job creation and prosperity.
The summit will also feature interactive breakout sessions focused on the economics involved in policy areas such as Medicaid, energy, infrastructure and education. These discussions are meant to foster discussion of innovative ideas and methods for sound economic decision-making and strategies for leading the states through these tough times.
Please see the summit’s agenda for detailed information.
Registration for the summit is required.
NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Members of the press receive complimentary registration. CSG staff will be happy to work with journalists to secure interviews with speakers at the Economic Summit. Please contact Kelley Arnold at (859) 244-8258 or for more information.
The Council of State Governments   is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.