Douglas to lead nation’s governors February 20 for NGA Winter Meeting

first_imgThe nation s governors will gather in Washington, DC, February 20 for the 2010 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is the NGA chairman this year. Among the topics will be health care, the economy, and trade and border security with Canada. The governors will also meet with President Obama and members of his cabinet.Beginning Saturday, February 20, a bipartisan group of governors from the US states, commonwealths and territories will come together for three days of meetings at the JW Marriott Hotel. Nearly 50 governors are expected to participate in the meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his Cabinet, academic leaders, business executives and other experts for discussions on a host of issues and challenges facing states.States role in health care reform particularly in ensuring a high-quality, efficient, and coordinated health care system will be the key topic on the governors meeting agenda this year. In addition, governors will explore the future of the nation s surface transportation policy and finance system, the state-federal partnership under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reshaping public health and preparedness for the 21st century, advancing a green economy and homeland security during five committee sessions. The Health and Human Services and Natural Resources committees will meet Saturday, Feb. 20. The other committees Economic Development and Commerce; Education, Early Childhood and Workforce; and Homeland Security and Public Safety will meet Sunday, Feb. 21. Throughout the meeting, several Governors-Only sessions will provide governors the opportunity for candid dialogue on a variety of issues facing states.Saturday s opening plenary session will offer an overview of NGA Chair Vermont Governor Jim Douglas initiative, Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable. During the session, governors will discuss transforming health care delivery with guests Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women s Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of The Permanente Federation.Later on Saturday, governors will be joined by the premiers of Canada for a special session, Common Border, Common Ground, focused on common challenges, innovative policy solutions and issues related to trade, border security, energy and the environment.Sunday morning, governors will hold a plenary session focused on health care and the economy. Financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC s Closing Bell, will moderate the discussion.Sunday night, governors and their spouses will travel to the White House for a black-tie evening with President and Mrs. Obama. The following day, governors will return to the White House for meetings with the President and members of his Cabinet regarding many of the critical issues topping the legislative agenda during the current Congress.The Winter Meeting will conclude Monday afternoon, Feb. 22, with a plenary session focused on redesigning states in the post-recession economy. Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody sEconomy.com, and Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, will join governors to examine the economic landscape facing the country and states over the next several years.Source: NGA. 2.8.2010###last_img

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