Western Governors’ News: Colorado’s big bike ride, digital learning in Oklahoma, economic summit in Utah

The Western Governors' Association offers a monthly roundup of news showcasing the work of Western Governors in economic development, natural resources, education, health and safety, and other areas. Here is what the Western Governors have been working on recently:

ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker was appointed by President Trump to the Council of Governors, a 10-member group focused on military issues and defense spending.

ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey heralded Arizona’s growing economy, which has created more than 100,000 private sector jobs since 2015.

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown lifted the drought state of emergency in place since January 2014 following severe rain and snowstorms this winter, while encouraging residents to maintain water-saving practices.

COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled the route for the 6th annual Pedal the Plains cycling event that celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of the Eastern Plains of Colorado. 

HAWAII Gov. David Ige touted a new online data portal which provides streamlined access to hundreds of data layers, topographic maps, and imagery connecting users to GIS resources.  

IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter voiced his support for a program that helps individuals finish incomplete higher education programs and enable a goal of at least 60% of Idahoans, between the ages of 25 and 34, to have a college degree or postsecondary certificate by 2020.

MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock, WGA Chair, hosted outdoor industry leaders from across the state to discuss strategies to grow Montana’s outdoor recreation economy and create jobs.

NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval partnered with the Office of Science, Innovation and Technology to announce $1 million in STEM Workforce Challenge Grants to help meet the demand for jobs in the STEM fields.

NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez announced $40 million worth of investments in New Mexico startups, which is expected to support more than 50 technology companies statewide.

NORTH DAKOTA Gov. Doug Burgum applauded the passage of a bipartisan education bill allowing school districts to apply to waive state rules and structures and propose innovative instructional methods.

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin signed digital learning legislation into law to incorporate technology into classrooms and require schools to include digital teaching and learning standards in their local professional development programs.

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown reiterated her commitment to Oregon’s timber industry at an event to celebrate the nation’s tallest wood building, which was constructed with cross-laminated timber engineered to have the strength of steel.

SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Dennis Daugaard, WGA Vice Chair, honored more than 7,000 of South Dakota’s public servants on State Employee Recognition Day

TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott commended the expansion of Ryder Integrated Logistics in Fort Worth, which will create more than 200 jobs and $5.2 million in capital investment.

UTAH Gov. Gary Herbert hosted the state’s 11th annual Economic Summit in Salt Lake City focused on opportunities for small and large businesses.

WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee praised the state’s Beginning Educator Support Team program, which mentors new teachers and increases retention and effectiveness.

WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead applauded the announcement from the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. that wolf management would return to the state.

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