By Mikel Chavers
Every state needs to have an eye toward international issues—because when it comes to operating successfully in a global economy, states can no longer afford to stay within their own borders, or even their own countries.
That’s according to speakers at Sunday’s International Committee Meeting.
The Council of State Governments’ international programs have historically focused on borders and trade issues, “but there’s a lot more that affects states in the international community,” said Chris Whatley, director of the Washington, D.C., office.
He believes an eye to international issues is beneficial for state government officials. “Enriching international exposure that will help them go back home and legislate better,” Whatley said.
CSG facilitates various international programs in the regional offices, particularly in the CSG Eastern Regional Conference and CSG-WEST.