WGA Winter Meeting Dec. 13-14 in Las Vegas will feature 12 Governors, visionary Dean Kamen

Online meeting registration is now closed; onsite registration opens at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Four Seasons.

Western Governors’ Association Chair, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, will host his fellow governors at the WGA Winter Meeting on Dec. 13-14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Other Governors registered to attend include WGA Vice Chair Kate Brown (Oregon), Doug Ducey (Arizona), Jared Polis (Colorado), David Ige (Hawaii), Brad Little (Idaho), Steve Bullock (Montana), Steve Sisolak (Nevada), Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico), Kevin Stitt (Oklahoma), Kristi Noem (South Dakota), and Gary Herbert (Utah).

They will be joined by two high-profile guest speakers:

Dean Kamen: The engineer, inventor and visionary will deliver a keynote and engage the Governors in conversation. Widely known as the inventor of the Segway, Kamen's name also appears on more than 1,000 patents. Kamen will share his vision of the future and discuss FIRST, the foundation he co-founded to inspire young people to enter STEM fields.

Beth Ford: The CEO of Land O'Lakes oversees a cooperative of 4,000 farmers that impacts half of all the farmland in America. Ford, who will address attendees during a session on the Reimagining the Rural West Initiative, will discuss why improving the quality of life in rural America is the best way to alleviate the agriculture industry’s struggles as a whole.

The meeting also will feature the Governors in conversations with experts on a variety of cutting-edge topics such as energy innovations, precision agriculture, and blockchain uses in privacy and cybercrime. (See agenda) Additionally, Gov. Burgum will offer an update on his WGA Chairman's Initiative, Reimagining the Rural West.

Meeting sessions of the 2019 Winter Meeting are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, and conclude around noon on Saturday, Dec. 14. Never been to a WGA meeting? Learn more about our exciting speakers and thought-provoking panels by reviewing past meetings.

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