CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC Communication Staff Attends Western States Association Conference

September 2, 2021

CSAC Communications staff attended the Western States Association Staff Meeting hosted by the New Mexico Association of Counties in Santa Fe, NM from August 26 – 27. Representatives from more than six state associations, including Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho and California, discussed best practices, procedures, and strategies for topics like budget operations, event communications, COVID-19 return to work, policy priorities, member engagement, and more.

The free-form breakout sessions prompted organic conversations and genuine participation while a short presentation by Public Surplus (an auction website created specifically for public agencies) and cross-topic exercises (such as affiliation engagement) provided stimulating discussions on additional association issues.

The meeting provided great opportunities for communications, finance, and legislative staff to network and reconnect. The meeting ended with California hosting the next Western States Association Staff Meeting in the Fall of 2022.

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