2018 Winter Meeting

Ten Western Governors joined WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige at the Winter Meeting Dec. 11-13, 2018, on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Keynoters included navigator Nainoa Thompson, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. The Governors also discussed invasive species and the growing impact of outdoor recreation in the West.

Read more


Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative

The final workshop of the Biosecurity and Agriculture, was held Dec. 9-10 on the Island of Hawaii. The central policy initiative of WGA Chair Gov. Ige is focused on the impacts that nuisance species, pests and pathogens have on ecosystems, forests, rangelands, watersheds, and infrastructure in the West, and examining the role that biosecurity plays. Read about the workshop and watch a video on progress so far.

View Video


WGA Working Lands Roundtable

The mission of the WGA Working Lands Roundtable is the ongoing implementation of WGA natural resource-focused initiatives. The Roundtable will examine crosscutting policy issues and engage a broad coalition of stakeholders to advance past Chair Initiatives and other policy priorities.

Learn More



Western Governors formally approved four policy resolutions at the Western Governors’ Association 2018 Winter Meeting on the Island of Hawaii. The resolutions announced cover a variety of issues, including foreign visitor preclearance, cybersecurity, compensatory mitigation and health care in western states.

Read, download new resolutions


Celebrate the West Art Competition

The 2018 art competition, which challenged high school students to create artwork inspired by their state, received more than 450 entries. The 2019 competition is now open.

View a slideshow of winners from each state 

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Annual Meeting: June 10-12, Vail, Colorado 

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Winter Meeting, Dec. 13-14, Las Vegas, Nevada

sign up for our newsletters