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Saturday, February 20

Opening Session

The State of the U.S. Economy: Are We Headed Into Recession?
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Feb. 20—NGA Chair Utah Governor Gary Herbert addresses the crowd at the opening session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting. Herbert highlighted his chair’s initiative, States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives.

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Feb. 20—NGA Vice Chair Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe listens to Chair Utah Governor Gary Herbert highlight the agenda of the meeting over the course of the weekend in Washington, D.C.

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Feb. 20—Indiana Governor Mike Pence attends the opening session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.

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Feb. 20—Montana Governor Steve Bullock discusses the current state of the U.S. economy at the opening session Saturday morning in Washington, D.C.

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Feb. 20—Joseph Lake of The Economist moderated the opening session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.

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Feb. 20—Economist Gail Fosler was one of the opening session’s guest speakers during the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 20—Alaska Governor Bill Walker listens to remarks at the opening session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting, which was about the current state of the U.S. economy.

Economic Development & Commerce Committee Session

Striking a Balance: Governors and Jobs in a Changing Economy

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Feb. 20—West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, vice chair of the Economic Development and Commerce Committee listens as Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp asks a question at the committee’s session, which was about jobs and the changing economy.


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Feb. 20—Alaska Governor Bill Walker listens as the Economic Development and Commerce Committee meets Saturday afternoon during the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 20—Jeffrey Finkle, International Economic Development Council president and CEO, was one of two guest speakers of Saturday’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee session.


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Feb. 20—West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, vice chair of the Economic Development and Commerce Committee listens as Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp asks a question at the committee’s session, which was about jobs and the changing economy.

Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee Session

Joining Forces Before the Next Storm

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Feb. 20—Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, chair of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, along with Arkansas Governor Ash Hutchinson, vice chair of the committee, led Saturday afternoon’s session.


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Feb. 20—Two featured guests of Saturday's Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee session were Walmart Stores Inc. Senior Director of Global Emergency Management Mark Cooper and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Board Member Pascalis Papouras.


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Feb. 20—Hawaii Governor David Ige and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval participated in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee session, which was about natural disaster preparedness.


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Feb. 20—American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern was one of four guest speakers in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee session at the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.

National Resources Committee Session

State Innovations in Conservation and Resource Management

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Feb. 20—Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, chair of the Natural Resources Committee, led the discussion Saturday afternoon on conservation and resource management in the states.


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Feb. 20—The featured guest of Saturday's Natural Resources Committee session was U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.


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Feb. 20—Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Utah Governor Gary Herbert attended the Natural Resource Committee session during the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 20—Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin speaks during Saturday afternoon’s Natural Resource Committee session.

Health and Human Services Committee Session

Strengthening Partnerships to Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

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Feb. 20—Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, co-led the discussion Saturday afternoon on the nation’s opioid epidemic.


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Feb. 20—Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard listen to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s remarks during the Health and Human Services Committee session.


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Feb. 20—Two featured guests of Saturday's Health and Human Servies Committee session were Walgreens national director of pharmacy affairs Dan Luce and Learn to Cope Inc. founder and executive director Joanne Peterson.


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Feb. 20—Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards listens to remarks on the opioid crisis during Saturday’s Health and Human Servies Committee session at the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.

Sunday, February 21

Session for All Attendees

States Attracting Companies and Investment: What do Firms Care About?

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Feb. 21—Jonathan Law, principal for McKinsey & Company, moderated a session on international economic investment at the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting on Sunday.


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Feb. 21—Jim Fraser, Thales Group vice president of government relations and communications, spoke on companies at the session.


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Feb. 21—Leslee Alexander, international director for Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and Donavon Johnson, director of global resource management group for North Dakota Trade Office, were two of five guest speakers at Sunday’s session.


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Feb. 21—Frank Ervin III, Magna International, Inc. senior director of government affairs, spoke at the session on international economic development.


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Feb. 21—Ann Pardalos, Missouri Department of Economic Development manager of international trade and investment office, was another guest speaker at the session.

Education and Workforce Committee

Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act

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Feb. 21—Washington Governor Jay Inslee, chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, along with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, vice chair of the committee, co-led the discussion Sunday afternoon on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.


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Feb. 21—Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was one of four guest speakers in the Education and Workforce Committee session at the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 21—Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia president, was one of four guest speakers who attended the Education and Workforce Committee session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting on Sunday.


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Feb. 21—Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad participated in the Education and Workforce Committee session, which was about implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.


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Feb. 21—Sue Cui, The Helmsley Charitable Trust education program associate program officer, and Susan Lavrakas, The Aerospace Industries Association STEM education and workforce matters consultant, were two of four guest speakers at Sunday’s Education and Workforce Committee session.


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Feb. 21—Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker listens as the Education and Workforce Committee session meets Sunday afternoon during the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.

Monday, February 22

Closing Session

States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives

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Feb. 22—NGA Chair Utah Governor Gary Herbert co-led the Closing Session on his initiative, States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives, during the 2016 Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 22—NGA Vice Chair Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf listen to remarks during the Closing Session of the 2016 Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 22—Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin were two of four guest speakers at Monday’s Closing Session.


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Feb. 22—Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Oregon Governor Kate Brown participated in the Closing Session of the 2016 Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 22—Virginia Senator Mark Warner was one of four guest speakers at Monday’s Closing Session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 22—Governor Dirk Kempthorne, American Council of Life Insurers president and CEO was one of four guest speakers at Monday’s Closing Session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.


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Feb. 22—Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander receives the first-ever Madison Award, which recognizes a prominent figure for advancing the principles of federalism and strengthening state-federal collaboration, during the Closing Session of the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting.

 

Governors Meeting with the President & News Conference


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Feb. 22—White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest opened the White House press briefing Monday, which featured Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.


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Feb. 22—NGA Chair Utah Governor Gary Herbert spoke about how states are finding solutions and improving lives at the White House press briefing.


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Feb. 22—NGA Vice Chair Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe speaks to the press following a meeting between governors and the President on Monday.