Jan | Feb 2014




Stated Briefly

Strengthening California-Mexico Cooperation

Representatives of the California Legislature, The Council of State Governments West, Mexico’s Consulate General in Sacramento and Cien Amigos (100 Friends), a nonprofit organization that fosters greater collaboration between California and Mexico, organized activities for the Fourth Annual California-Mexico Advocacy Day in May. The event provides a forum for leaders to showcase the importance of the binational relationship and to engage in substantive dialogue aimed at addressing shared interests and concerns.
This year’s activities included a hearing by the California Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation, chaired by Sen. Lou Correa, which focused on higher education exchange opportunities between California and Mexico. Correa also serves as the vice chair of CSG West’s Border Legislative Conference, a binational mechanism of cooperation among legislators of the 10 U.S.-Mexico border states.
The cities of Sacramento and Mexicali, which are the capitals of California and Baja California, Mexico, signed a sister-city agreement. The agreement will strengthen existing ties and expand cultural exchanges aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two capitol cities. Honorary attendees included Mexicali Mayor Francisco José Pérez Tejada Padilla and Mexico’s Foreign Ministry Director General for North America Affairs, Ana Luisa Fajer Flores.
 

2013–2014 CSG Committee Chairs

 

Georgia Program Wins

The National Association of State Facilities Administrators named the Georgia Building Authority’s Building Access Management Project its 2013 Innovation Award winner. In the past, each state agency had its own access card for buildings whose access never expired. This created a security risk with the state’s 900 access points. The new program created a uniform card and an online request system, replaced all cards to eliminate any potential risk of old cards and developed an online report for agencies to be able to review and validate who has access to their facilities. For more information, see NASFA’s website.
 

DOE Stakeholders Meet in Buffalo

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Transportation Stakeholders Forum held its annual gathering of federal, state and tribal officials May 14–16 in Buffalo, N.Y. This year’s meeting was attended by 200 stakeholders with responsibilities in packaging, transportation, emergency management first responder training, security, inspection and enforcement and radiation protection.
The officials collaborate throughout the year to plan DOE’s high-level radioactive waste shipment campaigns in ways that reconcile federal, state and tribal perspectives and laws. The Council of State Governments East and the Northeast High-Level Radioactive Waste Transportation Task Force, which CSG East sponsors, hosted this year’s meeting.
For more information, contact Project Director Cort Richardson, (802) 229-5117.
 

EMAP Now Offering Accreditation for Higher Ed Programs

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program, a Council of State Governments affiliate, is now offering accreditation to emergency management programs at all colleges and universities.
According to a press release from the National Association of Colleges and Universities Business Officers, school staff will use an online tool to assess their institution’s emergency response plan. A report on the self-assessment is given to the Program Review Committee and EMAP representatives conduct an on-site assessment. The committee then makes a recommendation on the accreditation, which is valid for five years. The cost of the accreditation is based on the school’s operating budget.
Learn more at the EMAP website.
 

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