Western Governors’ Association Chair and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard hosted his colleagues, administration officials and special guests at the 2018 WGA Annual Meeting June 25-27 in Rapid City.
Governors Doug Burgum (North Dakota), Matt Mead (Wyoming), John Hickenlooper (Colorado), Butch Otter (Idaho) Gary Herbert (Utah) and Steve Bullock (Montana) joined Gov. Daugaard in public conversations on critical issues facing the West such as the environmental challenges of wildfire and the opioid epidemic.
Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson delivered remarks on Day 1 (June 25). Iconic Mount Rushmore served as the backdrop for a Day 2 (June 26) speech by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Philip Anschutz, chairman of The Anschutz Corporation and author of two books on the American West, will follow with the keynote “Creating the American West.”
Gov. Daugaard also presented a first-year report on his Chairman’s Initiative, the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative, and the meeting concluded with a public conversation among the First Spouses.