Western Governors’ News: Hawaii-Japan economic summit, student job program in Washington, education innovation in North Dakota

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 signed major bipartisan opioid reforms into law to support the state’s effort to combat the epidemic.

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey expanded a firefighting training program for former inmates to provide meaningful, high-demand work for individuals leaving the prison system and reduce reincarceration rates.

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown announced the creation of legislation to improve affordable housing options across the state.

COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper released Colorado’s quarterly economic and revenue forecast and cited the achievement of two significant milestones.

HAWAII Gov. David Ige, WGA Vice Chair, welcomed 200 participants to the inaugural Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit to build on partnerships in tourism, trade, energy and international education.

IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter initiated a state-wide effort to identify and recognize all Idaho monuments and memorials honoring the military and veterans.

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock strengthened efforts supporting schools across the state by boosting broadband access, expanding preschool, promoting dual enrollment opportunities and awarding school food grants.

NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the creation of the Nevada Institute on Teaching and Educator Preparation, which will elevate the teaching profession and connect educators with resources.

NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez touted the state’s record breaking tourism numbers, with more than 34.4 million trips to the Land of Enchantment in 2016.

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum hosted the first Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education, which featured a panel discussion on legislation that allows schools to propose their own innovative curriculum.

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin partnered with the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program on a survey to identify the most pressing health care needs among veterans and obtain information that will help create a new system of health care for veterans.

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown reinstated the Governor’s Arts Awards, recognizing individuals, organizations and art supporters who have made significant contributions in Oregon, after a 10-year hiatus.

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard, WGA Chair, commended the state Bureau of Finance and Management on being awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, earning the highest marks possible in all 17 grading categories.

TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott applauded the grand opening of Toyota’s new North American headquarters in El Paso, which will employ 4,000.

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert embarked on a rural jobs tour to support the state’s goal to create 25,000 rural jobs in 25 counties over the next four years. 

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee launched an initiative aimed at helping significantly more students pursue good-paying jobs after high school through career-ready education including apprenticeships and technical programs.

WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead announced that Wyoming will join the First Responder Network Authority known as FirstNet, which provides emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.

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