INITIATIVE REPORT

Decarbonizing the West

The central policy initiative of WGA's 2024 Chair, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, examined how decarbonization strategies can position western states at the forefront of innovation and reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. The initiative explored a wide range of engineered decarbonization approaches as well as natural sequestration through enhanced land and agriculture management practices, all of which present enormous opportunities for western states.

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40th Anniversary

Celebrate 40 years of WGA History

Watch a recording of WGA's 40th anniversary celebration, during which Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon spoke about the importance of bipartisan policy with former Governors Steve Bullock of Montana, Gary Herbet of Utah, David Ige of Hawaii, Matt Mead of Wyoming, Bob Miller of Nevada, Butch Otter of Idaho, Brian Sandoval of Nevada.

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Governor's Meeting

WGA's 2024 Annual Meeting

The 2024 Annual Meeting of the Western Governors’ Association was held in Olympic Valley, California. The two-day meeting featured five Western Governors in public policy discussions with federal officials, national thought leaders, and industry experts about the most critical issues facing the region.

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WATCH

2024 Western Prosperity Forum

The 2024 Western Prosperity Forum, hosted in Phoenix by Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, focused on community and economic development efforts to ensure the success of all communities. Especially noteworthy were the ‘”fireside chats” between Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, and Dr. Homer Wilkes, the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two-day workshop will also include panel discussions with regional experts and policymakers about community planning, digital equity, energy opportunities for rural communities, workforce demands for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, extreme heat, and protecting communities from wildfire smoke.

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STATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Celebrate the West

The Celebrate the West regional art competition, now in its ninth year, challenges high school students to create original works inspired by their state. Students are encouraged to think about what the West means to them, what it means to call the West home, what they learned about its complex past, and what they imagine its future may look like. WGA's panel of art experts selected one finalist from each state and territory in WGA's footprint. Overall winners will be announced on May 10.

VIew the winning artwork

WGA Winter Meeting, December 9-10, 2024, Las Vegas Nevada

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