2024 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland

2024 Annual Meeting General Information

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CSG East is very excited to return to Baltimore for the 63rd Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum. Mark your calendars for July 28-31, 2024, as the region gathers once again in Maryland!

Meet your regional colleagues at the birthplace of the United States national anthem and Frederick Douglass, home to Edgar Allen Poe, the Reginald R. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, the historic Fort McHenry, the National Aquarium, and the famous Inner Harbor! Discover the key roles Baltimore has played in U.S. history and discover its deep African American roots.

CSG East’s purpose is to foster and encourage intergovernmental cooperation in the Eastern region through joint consideration of common problems, the interchange of information, the sharing of knowledge and experience and, where desirable, the development of joint programs, to strengthen and improve the region’s state and provincial governments. The CSG East Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum is where the region comes together to do just that!
The meeting takes place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Registration opens February 2024.

Adult and Child Guest Program - bring the family!

There are excursions every day from July 28 to July 30 for both adult and child guests. Junior/Teen delegates have their own evening activities. Junior/Teen delegates will be accompanied by dedicated staff at all times, no matter what tour they go on, and at the Kids Club. Please sign-up your guests up for these specially arranged tours that are unique to Maryland! You can do this as you register for the meeting.

Sunday, July 28

Baltimore is a city of over a dozen museums highlighting art, history, and industry. Tour two of the city’s world-famous institutions:  1) The Walters Art Museum whose collection spans seven millennia; and the Baltimore Museum of Art  whose 90,000+ collection includes the world’s largest holding of Matisse’s work, and some of the most significant work of today’s most important artists. Also, enjoy lunch at Gertrude’s at the BMA, which overlooks the Museum’s sculpture garden featuring works by Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, and Auguste Rodin. On the vanguard of the farm-to-table movement, Getrude’s now has decades-long relationships with Maryland farms and fisheries. If you select this tour, you must arrive at the hotel in time to depart at 12:15 pm. The tour returns at 4:15 pm.


Monday, July 29 (please review carefully, there is one tour for kids 12 and under, the Annapolis tour for adults only, and the horse farm tour open to both adults and kids):

  • Science Center and Port Discovery tours (for kids only and best for kids under age 12):
    • Port Discovery is one the nation’s leading children’s museums and a center for creative learning. The museum has three floors of interactive exhibitions and programs for children who will learn while playing. You will have to drag the kids away!
    • The Science Center has it all! Interactive exhibits that range from the “Dinosaur Mystery” to “Life Beyond Earth” and from “Science Aglow” to “You – The Inside Story.” Challenge your senses, lie on a bed of nails, and discover where else in the universe life may exist—and there is so much to explore!
  • Annapolis Tour (for adults only): From the charm of its waterfront to the nation’s oldest state capitol, Annapolis combines all of Maryland’s delights into one capital city. The day will begin with an historic trolley tour, continue with lunch in the scenic City Dock neighborhood, and wrap up with a private tour of the Maryland State House, including areas not usually open to the public.
  • Horse Farm Tour (for adult and child guests) Learn about Maryland’s  rich history with horses, dating back to the mid-18th century, and see for yourself two of the country’s top breeding and training operations of today. With visits to Merryland Farm, which has bred and trained multiple champion horses, and Sagamore Farm, where horses have been bred since the Vanderbilt family took over the operation in the 1930s, this tour also shows off the Baltimore region’s beautiful countryside. Lunch will be served at Farmacy Brewing, a local taphouse located on a working horse breeding farm. At each stop, attendees will hear from those most deeply involved in Maryland’s thriving horse industry as owners, operators, and advocates.

Tuesday, July 30

There are two exclusive, behind-the scene tours to choose from for adult and Junior/Teen guests

  • Take a behind the scenes tour of the Baltimore Ravens’ stadium followed by lunch at Little Havana

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  • National Aquarium: Explore award-winning exhibits from behind the scenes and meet all the animals at the National Aquarium located on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Lunch at the Aquarium is included.

Onsite Kids Club:

While the adults are networking with their colleagues from around the region, Junior/Teen delegates can make life-long friendships at the Kids Club with their own special evening activities – including:

Saturday, July 27

For those Junior/Teen delegates whose parents are attending the Executive Committee and Corporate Contributors dinner, a pizza and movie night at Harbor East Cinemas is planned, showing Despicable Me 4 and offering delicious food from Harbor East Deli + classic movie snacks!

Sunday, July 28

Whether an aspiring golf pro or picking up a club for the first time, Topgolf is fun for everyone, with food and drinks as enjoyable as the games included!

Monday, July 39

Sail Baltimore’s Harbor with the Urban Pirates, who have their very own canon and plenty of eye patches to go around! Dinner aboard the ship is included.

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

The Annual Meeting business sessions and room block are at The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, located at 202 East Pratt Street, in Baltimore, and the phone number is (410) 547-1200. Please note the important hotel and travel information below:

  • Make your own hotel reservations no later than July 5, 2024, after which time the room block closes. You may use this link to make your hotel reservations or you may call the hotel directly. Please be sure to reference the CSG East 63rd Annual Meeting to get the conference rate.
  • The hotel room rate for the conference is $179 (US$) + 17.5% tax per night.
  • Check-in is at 4 pm and check out is at 12 noon.
  • All rooms are non-smoking.
  • The hotel also has laundry, an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.
  • The hotel allows well-mannered pets, limited to two per room, and a maximum weight of 65lbs.

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Travel to Baltimore

  • Baltimore is easily reached by car, train or by plane.
    • There is no airport shuttle
    • If you are traveling by train, use Amtrak to get to Baltimore’s Penn Station. It is a quick taxi or shared ride to the Hotel.
    • The closest airport is BWI (Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall airport). Take a taxi, shared ride, or shuttle service to the hotel. Use this link to the airport’s transportation page for more information on your options.
    • The hotel partners with Premium Parking located at 101 S. Calvert Street, around the corner from the entrance to the hotel on E. Pratt Street. There is an electric car charging station, 6’2” clearance, and the cost is $36 per night. IMORTANT: Please register within 15 minutes of parking to avoid a citation.

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    If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us by email.

The Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum is open to everyone!

Who attends?

  • All CSG East members from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, and government staff.
  • Any CSG member from across the other three regions.
  • Academic and non-profit participants with an interest in the work of CSG East.
  • Industry experts and private sector attendees.

What is there to do at the Annual Meeting?

  • Join in on policy discussions and policy committee sessions, go on a policy field trip, attend plenary sessions with expert speakers on evolving issues important to the Eastern region.
  • With the exception the CSG East budget committee, sessions are open to all attendees. You are encouraged to join sessions of interest to you!
  • Network: Establish or renew relationships with colleagues from around the region.
  • Bring the family! There are two, full days of exciting activities, exclusive to Maryland, planned especially for adult guests, and Jr./Teen delegates (ages 6-17 years) — and kids register for free!

Please explore our website for more information on CSG East’s policy committees, our publications, and professional training. Please email us for more information. If you would like to sponsor the meeting, download the sponsorship fact sheet, or please contact AR Braver.

Check back for more information. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore this July!


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