Western Governors’ News: Hawaii’s proactive approach to opioids, South Dakota expands apprenticeships, Utah awarded for government experience

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 an Administrative Order to expand collaboration among military, civilian and state government leaders to leverage military capabilities in public safety, emergency preparedness and more.

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey applauded the contributions of the state’s military bases, which a report showed are responsible for creating over 76,000 direct and indirect jobs and account for nearly $11.5 billion in annual economic output. 

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown pushed for the state’s community college system to create a fully online college to reduce barriers to earning a degree or credential, especially for working adults with unfinished degrees.

COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper declared Dec. 4 as “Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Day” saying “we are rapidly leveraging transportation technology to improve safety and mobility on our roadways."

HAWAII Gov. David Ige unveiled a statewide roadmap for the prevention and treatment of opioid and other substance abuse issues through a collaborative, multi-agency approach.

IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter underscored his commitment to growing and improving education to achieve a state goal of getting 60 percent of Idaho’s young adults to complete a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2025. 

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock convened middle and high school students to serve on a council addressing childhood hunger, and awarded over $40,000 to expand school breakfast programs in partnership with No Kid Hungry.

NEBRASKA Gov. Pete Ricketts teamed up with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture during National Ag Week to promote the industry, which contributes $23 billion annually to the state’s economy.

NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval touted the state’s repayment of federal debt totaling nearly $800 million, while also rebuilding the state’s unemployment reserves over the past seven years.  

NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez honored community leaders with the New Mexico True Hero Award for their contributions to the Special Olympics, homeless, youth battling chronic illnesses and more.

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum joined a bipartisan coalition of governors working to increase access to K-12 computer science education.

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin announced the results of a month-long food drive, which raised $153,579 and secured 989,525 pounds of food to provide nearly 1.6 million meals for Oklahomans.

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown called on homebuilders to wire all homes built after 2020 to be ready to install solar panels through an executive order that will incentivize homeowners and avoid the higher costs of retrofitting a home for solar.

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard encouraged the expansion of registered apprenticeships by inviting business, education, HR and economic development leaders to attend a series of informational sessions about work-based learning combined with classroom instruction.

TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott welcomed the news of a new regional technology and service center to be built in the Lone Star State. Cognizant, a Fortune 500 multinational corporation, will break ground in 2018 and create more than 1,000 jobs.

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert accepted the first-place award in Government Experience, as well as two additional category awards and special recognition for innovation, on behalf of the state from the Center for Digital Government.

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee awarded $6.4 million in funds available to 29,000 students to create apprenticeship and career-connected learning opportunities including job-shadowing, internships and more. 

WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead commended the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Task Force on its report and recommendations for leveraging opportunities to optimize outdoor recreation and its prospective economy. 

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