Governors to Convene Virtually for National Governors Association Summer Meeting

As the nation’s governors continue to lead the public health response to COVID-19 in their states and territories while laying the groundwork for economic recovery, they will convene virtually Aug. 5 for the annual Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).

The meeting, originally planned for Portland, Maine, is moving to a virtual format in accordance with public health guidelines and to afford governors from around the country a forum to meet and discuss common goals and priorities without leaving their home states, commonwealths and territories.

During the meeting, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will hand the reins to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as chair of the association representing all 55 governors of states and territories. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is expected to become vice chair.

Gov. Hogan will discuss lessons from his yearlong Chair’s Initiative, Infrastructure: Foundation for Success, which has spotlighted best practices to advance the repair, enhancement and modernization of infrastructure through innovative fixes to bottlenecks, creative partnerships with private investors, streamlined project review, smarter technologies and improved cyber-defenses. Gov. Cuomo will outline his own Chair’s Initiative.

Last month, Gov. Hogan joined five of his fellow governors in a virtual stakeholder summit to discuss infrastructure financing partnerships, the final of four regional summits in support of his NGA Chair’s Initiative. Hundreds of people watched the meeting on YouTube and Facebook Live.

Details on the Aug. 5 Summer Meeting, including a schedule of events and participants, will be announced later this month. The meeting will be streamed live on NGA’s social media channels.