Western Governors' News: Solid economic growth in Colorado, new veterans services in Nevada, battling invasive species in Hawaii

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The Western Governors' Association offers a monthly roundup of news showcasing the work of Western Governors in economic development, natural resources, education, health and safety, and other areas. Here is what the Western Governors have been working on recently:

Alaska Gov Bill WalkerGov. WalkerALASKA Gov. Bill Walker declared a public health crisis in order to combat the state’s opioid epidemic, and introduced plans for action.

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey launched the statewide “Infant at Work” program, enabling parents to bring newborns to work, following a successful pilot program.  

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown responded to severe storms and flooding across the state by announcing a four-point plan to bolster dam safety and flood protection.

COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper released the state’s quarterly economic and revenue forecast, which calls for continued economic momentum, especially on the Front Range.

HAWAII Gov. David Ige honored community members and businesses fighting invasive species, a critical component of the administration’s vision for Hawaii. 

Idaho Gov Butch OtterGov. OtterIDAHO Gov. Butch Otter applauded the successful completion of a multiyear project to remove radioactive material from a site 50 miles west of Idaho Falls. 

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock, WGA Chair, announced 15 economic development grants to assist Montana businesses with growth and job creation.

NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval signed three bills related to veterans services, which were passed out of both houses unanimously.  

NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Facebook will be building a massive high-tech data center in New Mexico, creating thousands of new jobs in construction.

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum unveiled plans for the development of a soybean processing plant – the first of its kind in North Dakota. 

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin announced a new public-private partnership to provide discounted services at YMCAs across the state to all foster parents providing care to children in state custody.

Oregon Gov Kate Brown Official Portrait MugGov. BrownOREGON Gov. Kate Brown announced nominations are open for state elementary and middle schools to apply for the National Foundation of Governors' Fitness Councils 2017 DON'T QUIT! campaign.

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard, WGA Vice Chair, offered testimony on rural infrastructure at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C.

TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a reception for tech entrepreneurs during SXSW to welcome startups and tech industries to the Lone Star State

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert addressed the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit, which helps young people earn post-secondary degrees and certificates.

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee met with the state's Department of Natural Resources Commissioner to discuss how to boost resiliency against wildfires this summer.

WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead continued his work on bipartisan reform of the Endangered Species Act at the national level

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