The Southern Office of The Council of State Governments, located in Atlanta, Georgia, fosters and encourages intergovernmental cooperation among its 15 member states. In large measure, this is achieved through the ongoing work of the standing committees of its Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). Through member outreach in state capitols, policy research, international member delegations, staff exchange programs, meetings and fly-ins, staff support state policymakers and legislative staff in their work to build a stronger region.
Founded in 1947, SLC is a member driven organization and the largest of four regional legislative groups operating under The Council of State Governments (CSG) and comprises the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference is the largest regional gathering of state legislators, legislative staff, policy experts, and governmental officials and is convened as the focal point and culmination of the SLC’s yearly activities. Throughout the year, programs administered by the Southern Office and the SLC allow policymakers to share knowledge in their area of expertise with colleagues from across the South. By working together, through the forums created by the Southern Office and by participating in SLC standing committees, Southern state policymakers are able to speak in a distinctive, unified voice to address issues that affect their states and the entire region.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) was founded during the Great Depression and, for more than 80 years, has worked efficiently and effectively to provide state leaders with valuable resources and tools necessary to become successful leaders. CSG is the only regionally based national organization serving all three branches of government, with membership including every United States elected and appointed state and territorial official.
The Southern Office of CSG, established in Atlanta in 1959, provides programs and services to all elected and appointed state officials in its 15 member states. As a national, nonpartisan organization with a regional structure, CSG is uniquely positioned to provide a forum for dialogue and discovery among state policymakers.
From this strategic vantage point, CSG cultivates regional innovation in state government, highlighting examples of how ingenuity and leadership are transforming the way public officials serve the residents of their states and territories.