2022 NGA Annual Summer Meeting

Portland, Maine | July 13-15th

NGA Chairman’s Welcome

As your NGA Chairman, I look forward to welcoming you to NGA’s 2022 Summer Meeting at the Westin Hotel in Portland, Maine, July 13–15. The meeting features a series of important presentations and conversations regarding our common concerns: expanding access to affordable broadband, infrastructure investments, job creation, strengthening cybersecurity, bolstering our health care workforces, and ensuring all our workers are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Our plenary sessions, speakers, task force meetings, and other scheduled convenings are an opportunity to share best practices, learn new approaches from one another, and explore new ways of doing business in our states. I know these three days will be both productive and enjoyable.

Our host, Governor Janet Mills, will showcase some of the best Maine has to offer: food, culture and perhaps Maine’s greatest attraction: the outdoors. I hope you, your family and your staff have an opportunity to sample at least one of these singular Maine experiences. 

My chair’s initiative: K-12 Computer Science Education will not be “concluding” at our meeting, but entering a new phase where I will continue to work with all of you on ways to ensure every school and teacher is ready and able to prepare every student with the computer science skills that are in demand. 

Before I pass the chairman’s gavel to NGA Vice Chair, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, I look forward to a series of important and illuminating sessions with some of the most insightful leaders our states have the good fortune to call Governor.

-Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson 

Welcome to Maine – Governor Janet Mills

Fellow Governors, Family Members and Staff,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Portland, Maine for the 2022 National Governors Association Summer Meeting. After nearly two years, I am thrilled Maine is finally hosting this important meeting, which will feature sessions, panels, and speakers that address issues of common concern and that offer us the opportunity to build on our bipartisan relationships.

There is no question these past two years have been difficult for us and the people we serve. But, to quote a poem that feels true to Maine: good timber does not grow in ease, the stronger the wind, the tougher the trees. Today, we are stronger for the challenges we have confronted, and, as we come together over these next several days, we can celebrate the return of a much-needed sense of normalcy – for our people, our businesses, and our communities. And now, as we continue to recover and tackle the myriad challenges ahead, working with each other through NGA will allow us to learn new ideas and to share best practices from states and territories across the country.

While I know you are focused on the work at hand, I hope you will also spend some time enjoying “vacationland” while you are here. Whether that be a boat ride in Casco Bay, a hike up Bradbury Mountain, a visit to Portland Head Light, a stop in at one of our phenomenal small businesses, or a meal at one of our famed restaurants, Maine has so much to offer you.

Thank you again for visiting this place I am so proud to call home. I look forward to seeing you.

Governor Janet Mills

Meeting Information

Registration & Housing

Registration:

Registration is available here.

The registration deadline for the NGA Summer Meeting is June 24, 2022. If you have any questions about registration type or process, please reach out to events@nga.org.

Hotel Information:

The 2022 NGA Summer Meeting will be taking place at the Westin Portland Harborview and the Holiday Inn Portland by the Bay. The hotel cutoff date is June 24, 2022.

Westin Portland Harborview, 157 High St, Portland, ME 04101

Originally opened in 1927 as the Eastland Park Hotel, the Westin Portland Harborview is immaculately restored while maintaining its rich history. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Portland, guests can explore the seafood restaurants and unique shops in Old Port and admire river and mountain views at Western Promenade.

Holiday Inn Portland by the Bay, 88 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101

Set along the beautiful shores of Casco Bay, the Holiday Inn® Portland – By the Bay hotel’s location in Portland, Maine combines convenience, entertainment, and beauty to create the perfect environment for every traveler. Offering a waterfront view that extends to the Calendar Islands, the hotel’s setting fully captures the beauty and culture of Portland, Maine.


Travel & Tourism

Travel information:

The closest major airport is the Portland International Jetport (PWM), located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Portland.

To do:

  • Visit Portland – Official site for the Greater Portland region with suggested dinning, shopping, and activities.
  • Maine Invites You – Site from Maine Tourism Association with free Maine Travel Planner and Maine State Highway Map.
  • Visit Maine – Site from the Maine Office of Tourism with free Maine Travel Guidebook
  • Maine Visitors Portal – Maine.gov site with links to arts, parks, tours, and trails.
  • Acadia National Park – National Park Service site with planning information for the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast.”

COVID-19 Protocols

The health and safety of our members and employees is our top priority, and we are working hard to minimize risks for those attending the 2022 Summer Meeting. In addition to complying with state, local and federal COVID mandates in effect during the meeting, NGA is prepared to provide testing and PPE supplies to mitigate exposure. An email outline prevailing COVID protocols will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the meeting.


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