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Recent News and Updates

March 10, 2015

SLC Releases Regional Resource on the Economic Impact of Falling Oil Prices

As the effects of dipping oil prices ricochet through the United States and the world, it is increasingly becoming clear that there are winners and losers. Triggered by an explosion in American oil and gas production levels; sputtering economic trends in Europe, China, Japan, Russia and emerging markets leading to declining demand; increasing production from producers like Iraq and Libya; countries... Read More

February 27, 2015

SLC Releases Regional Resource on Associate's Degree Scholarship Programs

Since the turn of the 21st century, the United States has maintained a cultural creed that the only path to a middle-class lifestyle is through a four-year bachelor's degree or higher. However, increasing analyses are demonstrating that industries with the highest growth in the next decade will demand skills readily obtainable through a two-year technical education. Moreover, several policy and... Read More

February 6, 2015

SLC Releases Regional Resource on Coastal Restoration

Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, damaging thousands of homes and businesses, decimating public infrastructure, and displacing hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents. The coastal communities of SLC member states Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana were devastated. The resiliency of these coastal communities is of critical economic importance to the... Read More

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SLC Regional Resource - Economic Effects of Oil Prices In Memoriam: Former Speaker Tim Ford of Mississippi SLC Regional Resource - Associate's Degree Scholarship Programs SLC Regional Resource - SLC State Efforts to Rebuild the Coastline SLC Regional Resource - Common Core SLC Regional Resource - Ag Census

In Memoriam: Former Mississippi Speaker and Southern Legislative Conference Chair Tim Ford

Former Mississippi Speaker and Southern Legislative Conference Chair Tim Ford passed away Friday, February 27, 2015, after suffering a heart attack at his home in Oxford, Mississppi. Speaker Ford had a long and influential career as a legislator in Mississippi and was a stalwart for the SLC.

Programs & Resources

69th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference | Savannah, Georgia

July 18-22, 2015

2015 State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) Selection Panel | Savannah, Georgia

July 21, 2015

Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills - Class of 2015 | Little Rock, Arkansas

October 7-11, 2015

Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference


Speaker David Ralston, Georgia
SLC Chair, 2014-2015