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SGA Issues of Regional Importance

Southern states have many commonalities ??from history to culture to economics. Often, these similarities have resulted in a shared perspective and mutual agreement between Southern Governors. Over the years, Southern Governors have deliberated and collaborated on a wide variety of policies and initiatives aimed at enhancing the region?셲 growth and prosperity. Always, SGA focuses its efforts on issues where the South is distinct from other regions of the nation, and where collaboration amongst Southern Governors will bring mutual benefit to multiple states. These efforts generally fall into one of five issue areas: 

SGA?셲 Policy and Legislative Program

Each year, Southern Governors identify a number of policy and legislative issues on which they would like to work together at the Federal level. These issues are chosen through a consensus-based process and have a specific significance to Southern states.  Click here to read SGA's policy platform for regional economic growth.

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1/15/2015 Pending Rule Would Require Tax Abatement Disclosures on State and Local Government Financial StatementsPending Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Exposure Draft of proposed Statement would require state, local governments to disclose information about tax abatements, typically used as part of economic development programs, in financial statements. Public comment period closes on January 30, 2015. [Read More]
11/7/2014 Performance-Based Budgeting with Results FirstResults First is a non-partisan project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that may have some application to budgeting goals in your state. [Read More]
07/28/14 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on Administration efforts to improve transportation infrastructure and make economic development data more accessible, female entrepreneurship rates in the American South, SGA's Annual Meeting registration, and more. [Read More]
07/14/2014 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on job training legislation, a new B2B pilot program for manufacturers, registering for the SGA Annual Meeting and more. [Read More]
6/27/2014 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on Senate passage of workforce legislation, DOC's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, new resources for cluster mapping and more. [Read More]
06/16/2014 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on water resources legislation, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation news, Southern winners of economic development awards and more. [Read More]
06/02/2014 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on, water resources legislation, federal workforce programs, reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and more. [Read More]
05/19/2014 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on Congressional action on the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and Federal R&D; tax credit, the National Export Initiative, Southern states' economic development successes, and more. [Read More]
05/05/2014 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on funding availabilities and new programs from DOL, USDA, SBA and ETA, Congressional action on the R&D; tax credit, crowdfunding, foreign investment, and more. [Read More]
04/21/2014 ICYMI: Bi-Weekly Roundup of Federal Econ Dev, Workforce NewsThe latest on federal actions to support entrepreneurship, opportunities to impact trade negotiations, state crowdfunding legislation and more. [Read More]