2019-06-27 National Governors Association

Governors to Convene in Salt Lake City in July

National Governors Association Summer Meeting to Include Discussions on Rural Communities, Human Trafficking, Future Workforce

The nation’s governors will convene in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 24-26 for the National Governors Association’s (NGA) annual Summer Meeting, during which state leaders will share best practices, hear from experts in a variety of fields, and enjoy concerts and a rodeo in a picturesque mountain setting.

During the meeting, Montana Governor Steve Bullock will hand the reins to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as chair of the association representing all 55 governors of states and territories.

Gov. Bullock will discuss lessons from his yearlong Chair’s Initiative, Good Jobs for All Americans, which has identified ways in which governors can help link workers to good-paying careers both today and in the future. Gov. Hogan will outline his own Chair’s Initiative.

During the meeting, NGA will hold an event to launch an Outdoor Recreation Learning Network in partnership with governors and state outdoor recreation directors. This network will help governors and their staffs explore strategies to leverage their unique natural, cultural and historical resources to yield economic, social and environmental benefits for current and future generations.

The agenda for the Summer Meeting also includes sessions on human trafficking, disconnected youth, resilience, cybersecurity workforce, roadway safety, early learning, and rural and disinvested communities. It will be held at The Grand America Hotel, 555 Main St. in Salt Lake City. More details on the panels and speakers will be announced closer to the date of the meeting.

“Through the NGA Summer Meeting, my fellow governors and I will come together for meaningful discussions about common challenges in our states and territories and to share valuable lessons,” said Utah Governor Gary Herbert, who will be hosting the Summer Meeting for the second time as governor. “There’s no better forum for governors to join one another in a spirit of bipartisan problem-solving, and there’s no better place to do this than beautiful Salt Lake City.”

The Summer Meeting also will include opportunities for governors, their staffs and other participants to network and socialize, including a Ribs and Rodeo event, a performance by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, a Live in the Hive party, and a performance by Donny and Marie Osmond, the legendary brother-and-sister musical duo from Ogden, Utah.

For more information about the Summer Meeting, including registration, members of the media should contact James Nash at 202-624-3568 or email jnash@nga.org.

National Governors Association

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.