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While the economic impact of the automobile sector in the South has been reviewed and scrutinized extensively in recent years, there has been less fanfare about a burgeoning sector in the region: the growing importance of tire manufacturing in the SLC states. This SLC Regional Resource examines how some of the world's largest tire manufacturers are locating, relocating or expanding their operations in the South. Click here for the full report.
House and Senate negotiators have been at work on the long overdue renewal of the Farm Bill since late October. The regional offices of The Council of State Governments and State Ag and Rural Leaders will host a complimentary conference call on the Farm Bill, Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00 pm ET. To register, please email Hans Poschman for call-in information.
On a recent mission to South Korea, Virginia Senator David Marsden presented Korea International Trade Association Chairman Han Duck-soo with a copy of the 2013 SLC Policy Position Encouraging the Southern United States-South Korean Economic Council. Senator Marsden, reflecting on his visit, noted that the region can establish a tremendous trade advantage by understanding and acknowledging the issues and concern that are paramount to them. For more on Senator Marsden’s visit, click here.
The Southern Legislative Conference will host a complimentary webinar at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, November 21, 2013, addressing steps taken by Southern states to combat human trafficking, such as setting up task forces to assess the extent of this insidious practice, and adopting policies that encourage victims to come forward, educating law enforcement personnel, and increasing penalties for individuals involved in these crimes. Click here to register.
At 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Thursday, December 5, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman will be a panelist on an upcoming SLC webinar on distracted driving. The complimentary webinar will feature panelists addressing the latest research on the potential impact of using devices while driving, state legislative initiatives to hone distracted driving laws and updates on efforts at the federal level to reduce distracted driving accidents. Professor David Strayer, a national expert on research related to distracted driving, is also on the program. Click here to register.
The SLC has released recent research addressing state efforts to provide homeowners with wind pool insurance coverage at affordable rates. Given the growing importance of this issue in the region, the SLC coordinated a webinar to feature presentations on what some of these measures are, the broad trends associated with wind pool insurance, best practices and how international developments impact premiums here in the United States. The complete research brief is available here.
The Southern Legislative Conference marks the passing of State Representative Calvin Hill of Georgia, an alumni of the SLC 2007 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) Program. Representative Hill was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002. A professional entrepreneur and a Marine trained in engineering and demolition, Representative Hill moved to Georgia in 1986 and served two terms as mayor of Ball Ground in the early 1990s.
The SLC has released recent research into the status of states' adoption of assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). States are reviewing the cost, practicality, frequency, and number of new consortium-crafted assessments aligned to the CCSS. Most states nationally will implement one of two Consortia assessments next year. Among those states considering a third path, as of fall 2013, only Alabama had selected a test. Click here to read the full release.