The 2013 Western Governors’ Association Winter Meeting in Las Vegas was a great success, drawing a half-dozen governors, high-profile speakers and nearly 300 attendees.
In the interest of sharing the policy discussions and energy of the gathering, we've collected some of the best media coverage here. In addition, we've included photos from the two-day event attended by, in the photo above from left: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Colorado Gov. (WGA Chairman) John Hickenlooper, Nevada Gov. (WGA Vice Chairman) Brian Sandoval, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.
WILDFIRES: Reporter Henry Brean of the Las Vegas Review-Journal covered the "Combatting Wildfires" session. His story discussed, among other things, the governors' desire to work more closely with the federal government on fire prevention. Read
ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES: The story by Reid Wilson of The Washington Post on the "Accelerating Adoption of Green Transportation Vehicles" session noted that state initiatives could save "millions of dollars over the long run — while helping to spur an emerging industry. Read
CRUCIAL HABITAT ASSESSMENT TOOL: The public rollout of our CHAT tool for pre-planning projects of all kinds in 16 Western states concluded the meeting with a bang at a crowded press conference. Here's what reporter Scott Sonner of the Associated Press wrote about the tool.
Gov. Otter showed off a quagga mussel-encrusted license plate, while Gov. Sandoval looked on, to make a point about invasive species while asking Interior Secretary Sally Jewell a question.
Gov. Hickenlooper introduced the CHAT tool at the launch of the new project planning tool.
Gov. Bullock discussed Montana's role from the first days of CHAT and how the state has used the tool with success.
State of Mexico Governor Eruviel Ávila Villegas delivered a well-received keynote.
Gov. Sandoval, after introducing State of Mexico Gov. Ávila Villegas, listens to the speech.
Interior Secretary Jewell delivered a keynote, spoke at the CHAT rollout and spent time after the press conference speaking with the governors informally.
Gov. Herbert addressed a question at the meeting-ending press conference.
Gov. Mead makes a point during the "Combatting Wildfires" session.