Western Governors’ News: Idaho restructures workforce efforts, manufacturing growth in Montana and Colorado’s career coaching program

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 a compact with Alaska tribes and tribal organizations to strengthen the state’s child welfare system and reduce the disproportionate number of Alaska Native children in foster care. 

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order instructing all state agencies to adopt new hiring procedures intended to increase employment opportunities for former inmates.

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide free tuition for first-year community college students in an effort to reduce barriers to entry and increase enrollment and completion rates.

COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the launch of the Governor’s Coaching Corps, a program designed to help Colorado job seekers prepare for the digital economy through leadership coaching.

HAWAII Gov. David Ige unveiled the draft 2017-2027 Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan designed to minimize the risk of endangered species, protect local agriculture and prevent the spread of illnesses.

IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter restructured the state’s workforce development council, calling for the Council to be more independent and industry-driven to address the increasing demand for technical jobs.

KANSAS Gov. Sam Brownback noted the drop in childhood poverty rates in the Sunflower State, which reached their lowest levels since 2004.

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock touted a report which highlights Montana as the nation’s fastest growing state for manufacturing GDP, with a growth rate over 10% in the last year.  

NEBRASKA Gov. Pete Ricketts toured 10 communities statewide for Nebraska Manufacturing Month, designed to focus on opportunities that expose young people to developments in the industry.

NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval hosted the inaugural Broadband Summit to discuss school connectivity, telemedicine, rural access, homeland security, cyber defense, technology innovations and more.

NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new scholarship fund for students with a passion for agriculture. 

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum created a task force to assess the governance structure for higher education in North Dakota and determine if changes should be made to meet the state’s workforce needs.

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin set a goal to increase the number of paid internships and apprenticeships in Oklahoma to 20,000 each year by 2020 to address the state's workforce shortage.

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown celebrated the state’s growing outdoor recreation industry and signed a bill creating the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard was selected to serve on the President’s Apprenticeship Task Force, which is responsible for issuing a report with recommendations on national initiatives, administrative and legislative reforms, and private-sector participation.

TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott requested an additional $61 billion in federal disaster recovery money to rebuild public infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert delivered remarks at the Southern Utah Outdoor Recreation Regional Summit, highlighting the state’s commitment to public lands, and the multi-billion dollar economic impact of the outdoor industry in the Beehive State.

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee increased the state’s efforts to combat childhood obesity by launching the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative, a public-private partnership developing strategies to promote healthy living.

WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead opened the Governor’s Business Forum by recapping the progress of the ENDOW initiative launched at last year’s event, and outlining steps to diversify Wyoming’s economy.

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