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Collection Number: 05443

Collection Title: Southern Governors' Association Records, 1983-2013

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Size 7.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 110 items)
Abstract The Southern Governors' Association, formerly the Southeastern Governors' Conference, is a regional association of state governors that was founded in 1934 to represent the common interests of chief executives of the southern states and to provide a vehicle for promoting those interests. The collection consists of annual meeting transcripts and programs, annual reports, and other related publications. Materials span 1983-2010 and cover such topics as aging, agriculture, banking, business, climate change, diversity and race issues, drug prevention, economic development trends, education, emergency response management, energy, environmental concerns, finance, globalization, government, health care, infant mortality, housing and urban development, immigration, industry regulation, international relations with Latin American and African nations, national and international politics, poverty, the prison system, regional challenges and cooperation, technology, tourism, trade, transportation, and welfare reform. Annual meeting speakers include southern governors and other politicians, academicians, and military and business leaders. The Addition of April 2013 is the Southern Governors Association website, which documents its history, activities, and policies. There is information on its members and affiliates; press materials and other publications; event calendars and meeting documentation; and photograph galleries.
Creator Southern Governors' Association (U.S.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Southern Governors' Association Records #5443, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Southern Governors' Association of Washington, D.C., in November 2009 (Acc. 101190) and June 2010 (Acc. 101309). Website harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013 (Acc. 101774).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The Southern Governors' Association, formerly the Southeastern Governors' Conference, is a regional governors' association that was founded in 1934 to represent the common interests of chief executives of the southern states and to provide a vehicle for promoting them. The number of member governors has grown from five in 1934 to 18 in 1969. In 1945, there were ten members: the governors of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The last members to join were Missouri in 1961, Puerto Rico in 1968, and the Virgin Islands in 1969.

The Southern Governors' Association supports the work of southern governors by providing a bipartisan, regional forum to help shape and implement national policy and solve regional problems. Through the SGA, governors exchange ideas, explore common issues, address pressing problems, coordinate regional collaborative initiatives, and promote regional accomplishments. Over the years, the governors have been involved in the major challenges to the region, from diversification of the South's heavily agricultural economy and expansion of opportunities for higher education in the 1940s to nuclear energy in the 1950s, economic development in the 1970s, infant mortality in the 1980s, and striking a better state/federal balance in the 1990s. Along the way, the governors created several other regional organizations such as the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern States Energy Board, the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality.

In the early 1980s, the Southern Governors' Association moved its office from Atlanta, Ga., to Washington, D.C., taking advantage of the Association's location in the nation's capitol to work on a full array of public policy issues affecting the region.

Historical note based on the History of the Southern Governors' Association.

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The collection consists of annual meeting transcripts and programs, annual reports, and other related publications. Materials span 1983-2010 and cover such topics as aging, agriculture, banking, business, climate change, diversity and race issues, drug prevention, economic development trends, education, emergency response management, energy, environmental concerns, finance, globalization, government, health care, infant mortality, housing and urban development, immigration, industry regulation, international relations with Latin American and African nations, national and international politics, poverty, the prison system, regional challenges and cooperation, technology, tourism, trade, transportation, and welfare reform.

Annual meeting speakers include southern governors and other politicians, academicians, and military and business leaders.

The Addition of April 2013 is the Southern Governors Association website, first harvested using Archive-It in March 2013, documenting the Association's history, activities, and policies. There is information on its members and affiliates; press materials and other publications; event calendars and meeting documentation; and photograph galleries.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010.

About 100 items.

Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Annual Meeting, 1983 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 1-3

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include the southern economy, energy policies, port development, prison systems, public opinion and public policy, public education, emergency management of hazardous materials, and emerging technologies. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Ross Perot, Patrick M. Collins, Kenneth Nemeth, James H. Wright, Charles S. Robb, David C. Treen, Bob Graham, Bill Clinton, Lamar Alexander, George Nigh, and James B. Hunt.

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

Annual Meeting, 1984 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 4-5

Transcript. Topics discussed include the changing Southern economy and workplace, agriculture, health care costs, and the future of education. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Leon Nawrockie, Charles Robb, Joseph Califano, and Lester Thurow.

Also includes annual meeting program.

Folder 6-8

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Annual Meeting, 1985 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 6-8

Transcript, volumes I-II. Topics discussed include Southern economic globalization, the Latin American community, technology, energy, and education. Speakers include, but are not limited to, John Ashcroft, President Ardito Barletta of Panama, Richard Gephardt, Bob Graham, and Mark White.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 9-11

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Annual Meeting, 1986 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 9-11

Transcript, volumes I-II. Topics discussed include energy and the challenges faced by traditional industries in a global economy. Speakers include, but are not limited to, James G. Martin, Juanita Kreps, Alexander Haig, and William E. Brock.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Annual Meeting, 1987 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 12-13

Transcript. Topics discussed include technology, regional cooperation, leadership challenges, education, training, energy, and the global economy. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Jon McBride, Robert E. Leak, Martha Layne Collins, and James Martin.

Also includes annual meeting program.

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Annual Meeting, 1988 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 14-15

Transcript. Topics discussed include the New South, economic competitiveness, learning from the past, and Democratic and Republican presidential perspectives. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Joe Frank Harris, Andrew Young, Pat Conroy, Merle Black, Earl Black, Frank Fahrenkopf, and Paul G. Kirk.

Also includes annual meeting program.

Folder 16-18

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Annual Meeting, 1989 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 16-18

Transcript, volumes I-II. Topics discussed include technology, globalization, European politics, budgets, debt, education, teen pregnancy and infant mortality, and drug prevention. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Bill Clinton, William Roth, Detalmo Pirzio-Biroli, Robert Hormats, and Howard Smith.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

Annual Meeting, 1990 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 19-20

Transcript. Topics discussed include the changing workplace, international models of education, and job training. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Vernon Jordan, Hartmut Welzel, William Kolberg, Melia Peavey, Roland Boreham Jr., Lenore Miller, and Marc Tucker.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

Annual Meeting, 1991 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 21-22

Transcript. Topics discussed include health care, emerging world markets, global economy, budgets, energy and climate change, industry regulation, and education. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Andreas van Agt, William E. Brock, Robert Reich, George Busbee, and Wallace Wilkinson.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 23-25

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Annual Meeting, 1992 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 23-25

Transcript, volumes I-II. Topics discussed include education goals, academic achievement, information systems, infant mortality, and housing and urban development. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Louis Sullivan, Louis Gerstner, and Jack Kemp.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

Annual Meeting, 1993 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 26-27

Transcript. Topics discussed include setting economic goals, emergency response, infant mortality, and international trade. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Zell Miller.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 28-29

Folder 28

Folder 29

Annual Meeting, 1994 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 28-29

Transcript. Topics discussed include environmental regulation, economic growth and manufacturing, federal government relations, race dynamics, and diversity issues. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Robert Fri, Neal Peirce, Harold Hodgkinson, and Mike McWherter.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 30-33

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Annual Meeting, 1995 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 30-33

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include balancing the budget, state government, education, the environment, Medicare, welfare reform, Southern economic globalization, and emergency response. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Newt Gingrich, Blanche Lincoln, Kirk Fordice, Thad Cochran, John Holliman, George Allen, and Martha Braddock.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 34-35

Folder 34

Folder 35

Annual Meeting, 1996 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 34-35

Transcript. Topics discussed include poverty, emergency management, youth services, transportation, finance, education and immigration. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Ferrel Guillory, David McCullough, Trent Lott, and Bill Clinton.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 36-39

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Annual Meeting, 1997 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 36-39

Transcript, volumes I-II. Topics discussed include trade expansion, transportation, poverty, urban revitalization, and economic development. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Mike Huckabee, George Allen, and Colin Powell.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 40-42

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Annual Meeting, 1998 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 40-42

Transcript. Topics discussed include trade with Latin America, technology, education, tourism, banking, investment, and transportation. Speakers include, but are not limited to, David Aaron, Awilda Marquez, Pedro Rosello, and James Gilmore

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 43-45

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Annual Meeting, 1999 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 43-45

Transcript, volumes I-II. Topics discussed include biotechnology, information technology, tourism, environmental protection, energy, and the economy. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Kirk Fordice, Mike Huckabee, Don Sundquist, David Hawkins, Justin P. Wilson, and Paul Greenberg.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 46-48

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Annual Meeting, 2000 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 46-48

Transcript, volumes I-II. Topics discussed include science, economic development, education, technology, and Southern rural culture. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Mike Huckabee, Joe Ford, Rick Bragg, and Dick Dresner.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 49-51

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Annual Meeting, 2001 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 49-51

Annual meeting program, annual report, and a notebook from the annual meeting with background material on speakers and topics, schedules, and other supplementary information. Topics discussed during the annual meeting include the economy, technology, energy, the environment, and the arts. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Alfred R. Berkeley III, Ray Kurzweil, Philip Sharp, Kenneth Nemeth, Dick Cheney, and Jeff Dunn. (Note: there is no transcript for this meeting.)

Also includes two reports, "Energy Policy in the South" (Southern Governors Association) and "Invented Here: Transforming the Southern Economy" (Southern Growth Policies Board).

Folder 52-55

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

Annual Meeting, 2002 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 52-55

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include the economy, technology, environmental conservation, telecommunication infrastructures, healthcare, national security, and education. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Rudy Giuliani, Wayne Leonard, Ira Flatow, Gale Norton, Mark Emmert, and Marian Wright Edelman.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 56-59

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Annual Meeting, 2003 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 56-59

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include higher education, technology, power industry, energy, reliability standards, Education Needs Index, telemedecine, healthcare, and economic development. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Danny Jones, Gaston Caperton, Tom Vander Ark, Lawrence Malkovich, Bill Reinke, Patrick Kelly, Ron Cates, Jay Rockefeller, and Al Broaddus.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 60-61

Folder 60

Folder 61

Annual Meeting, 2004 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 60-61

Transcript. Topics discussed include the retirement of the "baby boomers," education, healthcare, the workforce, the military in education, technology, tuition costs, tourism, and southern heritage. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Emily DeRocco, Ron Manheimer, Mark Kissinger, Neal Lane, Bob Wise, Tom Vander Ark, and John Grisham.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 62-65

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Annual Meeting, 2005 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 62-65

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include economic development, economic forecasting, education, heritage tourism, marketing, energy, technology, and health care. Speakers include, but are not limited to, John Nau, Teresa Lux, Rich Harrill, Bill Hardman, Rajeev Dhawan, Jeff Foxworthy, Kathleen Blanco, David Brailer, Tom Vander Ark, and James Bottoms.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 66

Annual Meeting, 2006 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 66

Annual meeting program and annual report. (Note: there is no transcript for this meeting.)

Folder 67-70

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

Annual Meeting, 2007 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 67-70

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include the economy, the workforce, trade, industry, obesity, healthcare, insurance, energy, tourism, natural disasters, and wages. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Dennis Lockhart, Richard Fisher, Mike Huckabee, Malcolm White, Brian MacLean, John Hofmeister, Emily DeRocco, and James Bernhard.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 71-74

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Annual Meeting, 2008 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 71-74

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include energy, the workforce, education, the economy, infrastructure development, healthcare, technology, aerospace industry, and climate change. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Elaine Chao, Bill Strahan, Danny LeBlanc, Michael Mawby, Paul Myer, Ralph Crosby, and Mike Zupko.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 75-78

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Annual Meeting, 2009 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 75-78

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include climate change, energy policy, technology, economic development, transportation infrastructure, health insurance, public opinion, women, and healthcare. Speakers include, but are not limited to, John Warner, Richard L. Engel, Frank Luntz, Arshad Mansoor, Bob Gilligan, Jay Apt, James Rogers, and Roy Kienitz.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

Folder 79-82

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

Folder 82

Annual Meeting, 2010 #05443, Series: "1. Annual Meeting Records, 1983-2010." Folder 79-82

Transcript, volumes I-III. Topics discussed include China, trade, economic development, technology, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, energy, job growth, marketing, industry, renewable energy, and small businesses. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Zhou Wenzhong, Li Hongxin, Yu Xihua, Suresh Kumar, E. Norris Tolson, B. Keith Trent, Robert Dudley, Thad Allen, Kenneth R. Feinberg, Valerie Jarrett, Ray Mabus, and Wilma Lewis.

Also includes annual meeting program and annual report.

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10 items.

Reports, proceedings, best practice guides, and other publications of the Southern Governors Association. Topics include drug prevention; trade, education, and cultural exchange with African nations; transportation as it relates to economic growth and development; the impact of research, development, and technology on the economy; energy policy; aging; rural high school education; and tourism.

Folder 83

Drug Prevention Conference, 11-13 December 1988 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 83

Proceedings from region-wide conference held in Miami, Fla.

Folder 84

African Heads of State Summit, September 1993 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 84

Report on a meeting with leaders from African nations. Topics discussed include trade, education, and cultural exchange. Speakers include Joao Bernardo Vieira, David Walters, Joaquim Chissano, Mahamne Ousamane, and George Saitoti.

Promoting Economic Growth and Development into the Next Century, 1997 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 84

Report from the Task Force on Transportation.

From Promise to Practice, 1999 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 84

Final report of the Task Force on Medical Technology.

Folder 85

Seeds for the New Economy, 2001 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 85

Report of the Southern Governors Association Advisory Committee on Research, Development, and Technology.

Energy Policy in the South, 2001 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 85

Report from the task force of the Southern Governors Association and the Southern States Energy Board.

Folder 86

Winter Business Meeting notebook, 2001 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 86

Background materials on topics covered during the 2001 Winter Business Meeting, including policies, acts, and summits relating to the Southern Governors Association.

Folder 87

Best Practice Programs: A Review of Southern State Units on Aging, 2004 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 87

Best practice guide published by the Southern Governors Association.

New Traditions: Options for Rural High School Excellence 2004 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 87

Report published by the Southern Governors Association.

Best Practices in Southern Tourism and Destination Management, 2004 #05443, Series: "2. Other Publications, 1988-2004." Folder 87

Best practice guide published by the Southern Governors Association. Written by Rich Harrill of the International Tourism Research Institute of the University of South Carolina.

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1 item.

The website documents the history, activities, and policies of the Southern Governors Association. There is information on its members and affiliates; press materials and other publications; event calendars and meeting documentation; and photograph galleries.

Digital Item DI-5443/1

Website (www.southerngovernors.org) #05443, Series: "Addition of April 2013: Southern Governors Association Website." DI-5443/1

Harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Alexandre Turner, April 2010; Danielle Fasig, November 2012

Encoded by: Alexandre Turner, April 2010

Description updated by: SHC Staff, September 2012

Updated because of addition by: Sara Mannheimer, April 2013

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