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National Governors Association meeting underway at Greenbrier Resort

 

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin opens Friday’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee at the National Governor’s Association meeting at the Greenbrier Resort. Assisting Tomblin are, to his left, Caroline Sevier, NGA legislative director and Economic Development and Commerce Committee representative; and David Parkhurst, NGA staff director and general counsel. West Virginia Press Association photo.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin opens Friday’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee at the National Governor’s Association meeting at the Greenbrier Resort. Assisting Tomblin are, to his left, Caroline Sevier, NGA legislative director and Economic Development and Commerce Committee representative; and David Parkhurst, NGA staff director and general counsel. West Virginia Press Association photo

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS— Governors from around the country are meeting at The Greenbrier resort this weekend, tackling economic development, infrastructure, education and health care issues.

National Governors Association chair John Hickenlooper of Colorado said over the last year governors from all states have focused on improving efficiencies and how to protect the public good.

An over-arching theme of the event will be about workforce training, as economies are changing throughout the country.

Bob Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, speaks Friday during the Economic Development and Commerce Committee session at the National Governor’s Association meeting at the Greenbrier Resort.  At the invitation of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Nutting spoke about public/private partnerships. To Nutting’s right is R. Cooper Shattuck, general counsel of the University of Alabama, who spoke about the Gulf Coast recovery since the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. West Virginia Press Association photo. 
Bob Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, speaks Friday during the Economic Development and Commerce Committee session at the National Governor’s Association meeting at the Greenbrier Resort.  At the invitation of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Nutting spoke about public/private partnerships. To Nutting’s right is R. Cooper Shattuck, general counsel of the University of Alabama, who spoke about the Gulf Coast recovery since the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. West Virginia Press Association photo. 

Hickenlooper said governors would have “a wide open discussion to improve our workforce training.”

“We know it’s essential that every single member of the workforce at every age is the opportunity to realize their full God-given potential in order to keep pace with the constantly changing and ever-increasing demands in terms of job skills,” Hickenlooper said.

W.Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is hosting the event, which also includes a private Mountain Stage concert.

Tomblin touted the Mountain State’s gains in “addressing what used to be our liabilities” in workers’ compensation, reducing business taxes while not raising personal income taxes for more than 20 years and implementing workforce training at community colleges and universities.

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