Western Governors’ Association Winter Meeting- Opening Remarks
On behalf of the people of Texas, I want to formally welcome my fellow governors: Governor Jane Dee Hull of Arizona, Governor Judy Martz of Montana, Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico, Governor William Janklow of South Dakota, Governor Michael Leavitt of Utah and Governor Jim Geringer of Wyoming.
To each of you, welcome to the Lone Star State for the winter meeting of the Western Governors’ Association.
Established in 1984, the WGA is an independent, non-partisan organization of governors representing 18 western states, and three U.S.-flag Pacific islands.
The WGA mission is pretty clear: to identify and address key policy issues in the West, to advance the role of the Western states in the federal system, and to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the region.
During the course of this winter meeting, we will be discussing and sharing information on strategies that will assist each of our states in regard to securing future reliable energy sources, cultivating continued economic growth, boosting research and development funding for our colleges and universities, and assuring the safety of our citizens.
Texas, along with other western states, faces many of the same economic and environmental challenges in the coming years. This meeting offers a venue in which we can discuss those challenges and formulate ways to address them together.
I want to take a moment to thank the city of El Paso for helping Texas host this event. With its picturesque mountains, wonderful people, and the great economic opportunities created by free trade, this beautiful city provides a perfect setting for a discussion of issues specific to western states – particularly those that share a common border with Mexico.
I also happen to believe that El Paso is a prime example of the strength, diversity, and promise that our great state of Texas has to offer.
To provide an official welcome to this city, let me now introduce Ray Caballero, Mayor of El Paso, for a few words.
Thank you, Mayor Caballero, for that warm welcome and for the hospitality always evident to those visiting or doing business in this great Texas city.
I also want to thank the many sponsors who have worked with us and are helping to make this winter meeting a success.
Now, let’s get to work.
At this time, I want to turn the microphone over to the WGA Chair, a woman who leads her state proudly and is always ready to talk about the World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, my friend, Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull.
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