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Up to 30 governors expected at The Greenbrier

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time in 65 years, the nation’s governors are holding their summer meeting in West Virginia.

The National Governors Association meeting starts Thursday night and runs through Saturday at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.

About 25 to 30 governors plan to attend the event. Absent will be the four Republican governors eyeing presidential bids in 2016. Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, and John Kasich of Ohio are expected to be no-shows, according to the Associated Press.

The governors association would only confirm the names of three governors who will be there for sure: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Hickenlooper and Herbert hold NGA leadership posts, and Tomblin is hosting the event.

“NGA meetings are one of the only by-partisan forums for governors to get together,” said Jodi Omear, the group’s spokeswoman. “It offers governors of both political parties the chance to share best practices in their states and talk about challenges their states face and develop solutions that improve state government and federal-state partnerships.”

Another 1,000 people — corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, foreign diplomats, volunteers, and local state and federal officials — also will be on hand…

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