America's Smartland

Periodically, the MGA will host an America’s Smartland initiative to bring together state staff, relevant stake-holders, and policy experts to discuss pressing regional issues, share experiences, and brainstorm solutions to issues of importance in the region. These initiatives can take several forms including a series, discussion or best practice. Past efforts can be found below.   

America's Smartland Discussions

In 2021, the MGA will host a series of webinars to explore advancements in the energy sector to help ensure energy needs are met and the grid of the future is reliable, resilient, and secure. We envision there will be opportunities for different regional advocacy groups to co-host these webinars to help highlight issues that are mutually important.  

State Energy Planning:
How to Prioritize Energy Efficiency 

Feb. 11, 2021 | Presentation | Speakers:

  • Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, State of Wisconsin
  • Barb Meisenheimer, Missouri Division of Energy
  • John Seryak, PE,  Go Sustainable Energy
  • Moderator: Stacey Paradis, MEEA

America's Smartland Series

An American Smartland Series to bring together state staff, relevant stake-holders, and policy experts to discuss pressing regional issues, share experiences, and brainstorm solutions to issues of importance in the region. Typically, the MGA holds several webinars or calls with state staff to gain a solid understanding of the concern or need, and then host a day-long meeting on the specific topic to provide states the opportunity to discuss the issue in-person and connect with relevant people, groups, and/or subject-matter experts.

Regional Best Practices

To highlight regional best practices, the MGA will create a 1-pager to feature a Midwestern initiative that would be beneficial for others in the region to learn about. These write-ups are often followed-up with a webinar to further spotlight the initiative and provide a forum so that questions can be answered.