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WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that Williamsburg, Virginia, will host the nation's governors for its 2012 Annual Meeting, July 13-15.

NGA is the only bipartisan organization of the nation's governors that promotes visionary state leadership, shares states' best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy. NGA represents the governors of the 50 states; the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico; and the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

"NGA meetings are an opportunity to discuss issues affecting states and citizens across the country," said NGA Vice Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, who will chair the Virginia meeting. "The meeting is a forum to share best practices and discuss ways to improve state government and strengthen the state-federal partnership. I look forward to working with Governor McDonnell to plan a productive meeting for our colleagues in 2012."

NGA's nine-governor executive committee determines the site of the Annual Meeting based on proposals and invitations of governors wishing to host. Governors selected the Commonwealth of Virginia for its hotel and meeting facilities, as well as the city's overall appeal and rich history.

"I am honored that my fellow governors have selected Virginia as the site of the 2012 Annual Meeting and look forward to the opportunity to showcase all that the Commonwealth has to offer," said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. "Colonial Williamsburg offers an inspiring and fitting background for governors meeting and discussing the important issues of our time."

This marks the fourth time NGA has held its Annual Meeting in Virginia. Past meetings were held in Richmond in 1912 and 1932. The 1957 meeting was held in Williamsburg.

NGA's Annual Meeting draws approximately 1,000 attendees. It is one of the organization's two official business meetings held each year; the Winter Meeting is held in Washington, D.C., in February. The next Annual Meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 15-17, 2011.

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Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.