Stateways July-August 2011

StateWays is the only magazine exclusively covering the control state system within the beverage alcohol industry, with annual updates from liquor control commissions and alcohol control boards and yearly fiscal reporting from control jurisdictions

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EDITOR’S NOTE StateWays Keeping Tabs on the Control States T his year’s theme at the NABCA Conference was “Collaboration Through Communication,” but it could just as easily have been one word: change. Political, economic, regulatory, technology and leadership changes have impacted every control jurisdiction recently. At the annual conference in Phoenix, outgoing chairman Dan Gwadosky of Maine and incoming chairman Patrick J. Stapleton of Pennsylvania both spoke about the need to keep the public and staff informed of changing legislative actions and regulations. Speakers also discussed the challenges caused by modernization, economic turmoil and possible privatization (NABCA Post-Conference Report, page 27). In response to the overwhelming amount of information available about the industry’s evolution, StateWays has created a Resources page at (found on the left-hand navigation). The site is designed to collect and filter that information in a way that’s comprehensive and user-friendly. If you’d like other states to know what you’re working on, please contact me and I’ll add your updates to the site. One state we’ll be watching closely is Oregon, the subject of the cover story (The More Things Change, page 16) and Spotlight On: column (Craft Spirits on the Rise, page 10) in this issue. A small legislative change led to a craft distilling boom in the state, with more than two dozen distilleries setting up shop in less than three years. Fortunately the agency was prepared and is encouraging the success of its local entrepreneurs. As we were working on the cover profile of Oregon, the OLCC’s longtime chairman Phil Lang announced his retirement. He’d been in that position since 1998, five years before he first appeared on the cover of StateWays for a profile of the OLCC and nearly a decade before he served as NABCA Chairman. We wish Chairman Lang well in his retirement and thank him for his many years of service to the industry. Executive Vice President and Group Publisher Charles Forman Tel: 845-426-6072 Fax: 845-426-6423 email: Managing Editor Jeremy Nedelka email: Art Director Adam Lane Contributing Editor Cheryl Ursin Associate Publisher Anthony Bongiovanni Senior Regional Sales Manager Mark Marcon Senior Regional Sales Manager Debbie Rittenberg Senior Regional Sales Manager Jeanette Sims Vice President, Circulation and Collateral Services Joanne Juda-Prainito Research Director Eric Schmidt List Rental Manager Cheryl Naughton ® Jeremy Nedelka, Managing Editor M2MEDIA360 President/CEO Marion Minor Vice President, Finance & Operations Gerald Winkel is published by The Beverage Information Group, a division of M2MEDIA360 Editorial and executive offices are at 17 High St., 2nd Fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 Telephone: (203) 855-8499 Fax: (203) 855-9446 e-mail: 6 StateWays   July/August 2011 StateW ays

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