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 applauded the winners of the Great Alaska Energy Challenge, a friendly competition to reduce energy consumption in state facilities.
ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled plans to combat the state’s opioid crisis by limiting initial prescriptions and maximum doses for pain medication and improving tracking systems.
CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown encouraged business owners and companies to hire former prison inmates to give offenders job opportunities and reduce recidivism rates.
COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper presented the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards to outstanding community leaders, nonprofit organizations and volunteers that have positively impacted the state.
HAWAII Gov. David Ige kicked off the month-long Hawaii Annual Code Challenge to engage the local tech community in modernizing state functions and services.
IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter praised the state’s partnership with federal agencies on Good Neighbor Authority, which removes wildfire fuels such as dead trees in an effort to reduce future wildfire risk.
MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock directed state parks and recreation officials to develop a “Parks in Focus” initiative to conduct research, support transparent engagement and focus on long-term sustainability.
NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval touted the state’s 3.6 percent increase in private sector growth, noting the creation of 40,000 jobs relative to the first quarter of 2016.
NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez announced nearly $27 million in road improvements for state highways used to ship transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.
NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum hosted former North Dakota governors and their families at the governor’s residence to reflect on the building’s historic legacy before its replacement.
OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin discussed criminal justice reform at an event focused on incarcerated women, building upon the work of the state task force she launched in 2016.
OREGON Gov. Kate Brown embarked on a listening tour for a statewide initiative to assist communities recovering from wildfires.
SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $860,000 in equipment funding for South Dakota’s four technical institutes to ensure students receive training with up-to-date technology.
UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert gained the support of the Deseret News for the state’s “Pathways Program,” which aims to meet the goal of having 40,000 new high-skill, high-paying jobs by 2021.
WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee launched an initiative to double the number of fast charging stations for electric vehicles in the state.
WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead voiced his support to state lawmakers for a workforce training package designed to help the state’s economy grow.