Western Governors' Association - 2013 Annual Meeting

Park City, Utah
Friday, June 28, 2013

Western Governors' Association - 2013 Annual Meeting
Friday, June 28, 2013 - Sunday, June 30, 2013

Montage Deer Valley
9100 Marsac Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
United States

WGA's meeting sessions will be held at the Montage Deer Valley and will begin on Friday, June 28th at 10:00am, concluding no later than Noon on Sunday, June 30th.

The following topics will be discussed at the 2013 WGA Annual Meeting:

Roundtable: Public Lands

Governors and Premiers will discuss ways to bring state and federal resources into better alignment to improve health and management of public lands.  Joining the Governors for the discussion are Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Representative Rob Bishop; Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society;  and Ronald W. Jibson, Chairman, President and CEO, Questar Corp.

Plenary Session: Endangered Species

Governors and senior federal officials will discuss ways to strengthen federal-state cooperation on the review and decision-making on listing, management and delisting of threatened and endangered species.   Invited guests include Samuel D. Rauch III, Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at NOAA and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Roundtable: Healthcare

Governors and invited guests will discuss state-based innovations in healthcare, ranging from insurance exchanges, expanding Medicaid coverage and meeting medical needs in rural communities.  Invited guests include Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services; Mike Leavitt, Former HHS Sec. and Founder and CEO of Leavitt Partners; and Dr. Charles Sorenson, President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare.

Roundtable: Education

Governors and invited guests will discuss how to promote innovations in education in the West.  Guests include Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Bob Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University; and Neil Ashdown, President, iSchool.

Roundtable: Energy

Governors and invited guests will discuss the nation’s energy future and the role western states can play in that future.  Topics to be discussed include harnessing domestic energy resources, investing in infrastructure and protecting the environment.  The Governors will release two new energy reports:  The State Of Energy In The West and The Western Governors’ Ten Year Energy Vision


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