McDonnell helps bring National Governors Association meeting to Virginia
Just in time for the next vice presidential sweepstakes, the National Governors Association announced Wednesday morning it will hold its annual meeting in Virginia in July 2012.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) lobbied to have the meeting in Colonial Williamsburg.
"There is no more fitting location for a meeting of America's governors than our nation's birthplace,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "Just as the Founders debated the matters of their day, we will discuss the issues of ours. While separated by centuries, we are part of the same journey. I look forward to hosting this great event, and the opportunity to continue to tell the story of Virginia, which is the story of America."
It will be the fourth time the group has held its annual meeting in Virginia. Past meetings were in Richmond in 1912 and 1932. The 1957 meeting was held in Williamsburg.
"NGA meetings are an opportunity to discuss issues affecting states and citizens across the country," said NGA Vice Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, who will lead the Virginia meeting. "The meeting is a forum to share best practices and discuss ways to improve state government and strengthen the state-federal partnership. I look forward to working with Governor McDonnell to plan a productive meeting for our colleagues in 2012."
NGA represents the governors of the 50 states; the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico; and the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
The annual meeting draws approximately 1,000 attendees, and will be the only gathering of all the nation's governors just as the nominees for president (Republican anyway) are searching for vice presidential picks.
August 11, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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