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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

February 2, 2015

SLC Releases Regional Resource Reviewing Common Core Standards

In June 2009, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced an initiative led by 46 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories aimed at developing and adopting a Common Core set of learning standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and math for grades K-12. By March 2012, 45 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S.... Read More

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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

Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference


Speaker David Ralston, Georgia
SLC Chair, 2014-2015