Governor's Meeting

WGA's 2024 Annual Meeting

The 2024 Annual Meeting of the Western Governors’ Association will be held in Olympic Valley, California. The two-day meeting will feature Western Governors in public policy discussions with federal officials, national thought leaders, and industry experts about the most critical issues facing the region.

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40th Anniversary

Celebrate 40 years of WGA History

Check out a new website WGA created in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. Along with an interactive timeline that highlights some of the Association's landmark achievements, the site also contains a massive photo gallery, a collection of historical WGA policy reports, and testimonials from former WGA Chairs, including North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (2020 Chair), former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (2014 Chair), and former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (2012 Chair).

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2024 Western Prosperity Forum

The 2024 Western Prosperity Forum, hosted in Phoenix by Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, focused on community and economic development efforts to ensure the success of all communities. Especially noteworthy were the ‘”fireside chats” between Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, and Dr. Homer Wilkes, the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two-day workshop will also include panel discussions with regional experts and policymakers about community planning, digital equity, energy opportunities for rural communities, workforce demands for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, extreme heat, and protecting communities from wildfire smoke.

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Celebrate the West

The Celebrate the West regional art competition, now in its ninth year, challenges high school students to create original works inspired by their state. Students are encouraged to think about what the West means to them, what it means to call the West home, what they learned about its complex past, and what they imagine its future may look like. WGA's panel of art experts selected one finalist from each state and territory in WGA's footprint. Overall winners will be announced on May 10.

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Decarbonizing the West Webinar Series

Current estimates suggest that there are 5,200 miles of existing pipelines suitable for transporting CO2. However, the nation’s carbon transport infrastructure will need to increase significantly if the carbon capture, utilization, and storage industry is going to reach its full potential. The final Decarbonizing the West initiative webinar explored the regulatory and permitting challenges associated with developing carbon transport infrastructure and the policy mechanisms that can be leveraged to advance transport projects.

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Decarbonizing the West Initiative Workshop

The fourth and final workshop of the Western Governors’ Association’s Decarbonizing the West Initiative, hosted by Oregon Governor Tina Kotek explored both natural and technological strategies for carbon reduction, utilization, and storage.

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'Out West' Podcast

In the latest episode of WGA’s Out West podcast features Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon in conversation with WGA’s Executive Director, Jack Waldorf. Together they speak about the importance of the Governors' bipartisan relationships, aspirations for Governor Gordon's WGA Chair Initiative, Decarbonizing the West, as well as the Association’s upcoming 40th Anniversary celebrations, and what they hope the next 40 years will bring for WGA.

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WGA Annual Meeting June 10-12, 2024, Olympic Valley, California

WGA Winter Meeting, December 9-10, 2024, Las Vegas Nevada

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