Register now for the 2018 Western Governors’ Association Winter Meeting, December 11-13, in Hawaii.
WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige will host his fellow Western Governors at the Fairmont Orchid hotel on the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island.
Twelve Western Governors have registered to join Gov. Ige, including: WGA Vice Chair Doug Burgum (North Dakota), C.L. "Butch" Otter (Idaho), Steve Bullock (Montana), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Kate Brown (Oregon), Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota), Gary Herbert (Utah), Matt Mead (Wyoming), Lolo Matalasi Moliga (American Samoa), Eddie Calvo (Guam), and Ralph Torres (Northern Mariana Islands).
Three members of the Administration will deliver keynotes and have public coversations with the Governors, beginning with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, whose remarks will kick off the second day. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie will speak on the same day and take part in the roundtable, "Helping Veterans Move from Jobs to Careers. Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration will keynote on day three about topics such as disaster assistance and workforce development.
Public roundtable discussions on critical issues facing the West will include renewable energy, the outdoor recreation economy, healthcare, veterans’ issues and the Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative launched by Gov. Ige.
The meeting will open with a keynote by Nainoa Thompson, the President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society who piloted a vessel from Hawaii to Polynesia without the aid of modern instruments. Henk Rogers, whose Blue Planet Foundation helped drive approval of a bill directing Hawaiian utilities to generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable sources by 2045, will speak on day two.
Early registration ends on Nov. 9; register by then for the best rate. More information on the agenda and accommodations can be found on the registration page.