Western Governors’ News: Alaska restoring native languages; Hawaii’s new mental health facility; Wyoming releases economic development plan

The West

The Western Governors' Association offers a regular 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 Walker declared a ‘linguistic emergency’ for Alaska Native languages that directs state agencies to work closely with tribal partners to take steps to revitalize endangered languages.

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey announced strong economic growth with the release of the state’s 2018 Summer Economic Outlook report. “It’s clear — Arizona’s economy is booming,” said Gov. Ducey.

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to strengthen California’s ability to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires by boosting the state’s forest management activities.

COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper piloted the Governor’s Coaching Corps as part of a jobs initiative to help employees and employers navigate the digital, artificial intelligence and robotic revolution.

HAWAII Gov. David Ige, along with Department of Health Officials and legislators, broke ground on a new mental health facility. The 144-bed psychiatric center is expected to be ready for use in 2021.  

IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter announced the recipients of the 2018 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency, acknowledging state companies that exhibit leadership in implementing energy efficiency measures at their local facilities.

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock launched an initiative focused on creating economic opportunities in small towns and rural and tribal communities that will address challenges unique to Montana. 

NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval touted Nevada’s plan to become the first state in the country to provide WiFi in all state parks, which was a part of the governor’s ‘Explore Your Nevada’ plan.  

NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez welcomed Intel Corporation to Rio Rancho, where the technology company will move its 3D XPoint facility. “Intel is adding more jobs and bringing new opportunities to New Mexico,” said Gov. Martinez.

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum released the results of a statewide employee survey to provide a deeper understanding of North Dakota’s workforce challenges and help shape the state’s workforce policy agenda.

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin addressed education-to-employment pipeline challenges at a workforce and education summit in Oklahoma City. "We have to make sure that our workforce is relevant and skilled for the needs of the employers," Gov. Fallin said.

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown set goals to improve education, including guaranteed preschool for low income children, a 180-day school year and increased investments in career technical education and post-secondary pathways.

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard applauded the 356 students selected to receive Build Dakota scholarships to cover tuition and fees, books, equipment, and other expenses for programs within high-need industry areas at the state’s four technical institutes. 

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert urged boat owners to battle invasive quagga mussels in a letter to Lake Powell residents about the “serious threat to Utah's water supply” as the mussels transfer into drains, clogging pipes and blocking water supply.

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee announced new efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic, including a $21.5 million grant that builds on the state’s “hub and spoke” model focused on prevention and treatment.

WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead shared a 20-year plan to diversify the state’s economy, including specific recommendations to break the “boom and bust” cycle and an ambitious goal to bring 100,000 jobs to the state.


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