Western Governors’ News: North Dakota’s top-notch connectivity, rural Colorado’s economic boost from recreation, Idaho is a ‘Good Neighbor’

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 will travel to China on a trade mission to build on the longstanding economic relationship between Alaska and the largest consumer of its exports.

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey created a cybersecurity team that will convene 22 leaders in business, public safety, homeland security and education to “work together to protect Arizonans from a cyberattack.”

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown advocated to keep more youth offenders in detention centers instead of prison as part of his efforts to reform criminal justice and reduce recidivism in the state.

COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper highlighted the outdoor recreation industry as a way to help rural communities rebound economically during remarks at the annual Governor’s Forum on Agriculture.

HAWAII Gov. David Ige shared the results of 20 years of tobacco prevention and control policies and programs, which have saved the state an estimated $1 billion in health care costs.

IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter touted Good Neighbor Authority, a federal law that enables the State and the Forest Service to work together on land management projects and improve the health of national forests.

KANSAS Gov. Jeff Colyer issued his first executive order, intended to combat sexual harassment, since being sworn in as the 47th governor of the Sunflower State.

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock announced $750,000 in grants to enhance tourism and recreation in 27 Montana communities.

NEBRASKA Gov. Pete Ricketts was presented with two awards for contributions to agriculture, the largest economic driver in the Husker State.

NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval launched a task force focused on school safety, which will create initiatives to be included in the state budget next year.

NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez announced $27 million in road improvements will begin on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) routes. Read more about WGA’s involvement with WIPP.  

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum applauded a 100-gigabit upgrade to the state network that will put North Dakota schools and government on the nation’s leading edge of internet connectivity and speed.

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin welcomed the decision by Google to invest an additional $600 million in its data center, bringing the company’s total investment to more than $2.5 billion in the Sooner State.

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown announced Future Ready, a new skills and job training initiative making investments in education using hands-on learning.

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill to allow microbrewers to increase their production from 5,000 barrels per year to 30,000 that the Governor said “will help our homegrown craft breweries grow and thrive.”

TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott congratulated more than 500 teams of Texas students that participated in the inaugural Girls Go CyberSmart initiative, which encourages young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity. 

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert assembled a team to address rising teen suicide rates. The task force is responsible for advancing two prevention bills with broad support in the state. 

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee increased support for the state’s workforce development efforts by signing a bill to create additional scholarships for students earning STEM degrees.

WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead received the “Conservation Champion” award by The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming for his contributions to the protection of wildlife habitats, groundwater and more.

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