Western Governors’ News: New Mexico opens office of outdoor rec; North Dakota podcast highlights “Work Worth Doing;” Alaska honors Code Talkers

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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. Mike Dunleavy honored five Alaska Natives that served as Tlingit Code Talkers during World War II for contributing to American victories by using their native language to communicate during combat.

AMERICAN SAMOA Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga requested federal funding to support the territory’s infrastructure needs and encourage more fishing vessels to dock at local ports.

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey praised Arizona’s Second Chance Centers, which equip inmates with the skills and resources they need to successfully reenter society. In two years, more than 2,300 individuals have completed the programming, resulting in more than 1,400 job placements.

CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a legislative proposal to address regional housing and transportation needs. “Families should be able to live near where they work. They shouldn’t live in constant fear of eviction or spend their whole paycheck to keep a roof overhead.”

COLORADO Gov. Jared Polis created a dedicated office within the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to cultivate interest in the state’s 126 federally designated Opportunity Zones.

GUAM Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero toured government facilities and discussed potential changes to Guam’s multimillion-dollar port modernization plan at the Port Authority of Guam. 

HAWAII Gov. David Ige proclaimed March as School Breakfast Month. At a breakfast with First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige and students at Fern Elementary School, he said “we know that children who have the opportunity to eat breakfast get a good start in the morning.”

IDAHO Gov. Brad Little aims to assist first-time homebuyers by supporting a program that allows people to save money for a down payment without paying state income taxes on it.

KANSAS Gov. Laura Kelly announced plans to improve transportation infrastructure, with $160 million in revenue in the governor’s FY 2020 budget going towards highway projects and more.

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock awarded more than $400,000 in Agricultural Development Council grants to 20 businesses and organizations to “add value, scale up, and access new markets, all while promoting and expanding Montana’s most important industry.”

NEVADA Gov. Steve Sisolak encouraged young women in high school and in college to join Girls Go Cyberstart, a cybersecurity competition. “I am committed to ensuring that all young women across Nevada have access to the education and experiences that will prepare them for exciting careers in STEM fields.”

NEW MEXICO Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham applauded the establishment of the Outdoor Recreation Division within the state’s Economic Development Department. “We will expand the economic reach of this industry to all corners of this state. Outdoor recreation simply makes sense for New Mexico.”

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum launched a weekly podcast, Work Worth Doing, engaging state leaders in discussions on corrections, technology, transportation and more.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Gov. Ralph Torres testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. on the “unique” issues facing island territories, including natural resource scarcity, distance from the mainland, import reliance and more.

OKLAHOMA Gov. Kevin Stitt invited state residents to compete in a new Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon relay challenge to encourage healthier habits.

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown unveiled Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan with legislators, educators and state agencies. The Plan serves as a roadmap for preparing young children to enter school ready to learn.

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Kristi Noem addressed the urban-rural divide during her “Priorities Tour,” and reiterated her administration’s commitment to expanding broadband access.

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert revealed the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. Initiated more than 30 years ago, the award is the highest civilian award bestowed by the state.

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee touted a new solar energy facility, which will be the state’s largest once complete. "This is an incredible example of the public and private sector coming together to transform the trajectory of renewable energy in Washington state."

WYOMING Gov. Mark Gordon signed legislation allowing hemp to be grown in the state, and hemp-based products containing CBD oil to be produced. “The impacts are tremendous. Our ag community needs this opportunity,” said Christine Bekes, Executive Director of the Powell Economic Partnership.

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