Western Governors Gather in Utah for Annual Meeting

Secretary Sally Jewell, T. Boone Pickens Join Governors in Discussing Important Regional Issues

What:     The Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting will convene this weekend with governors from the west gathering to discuss important and timely issues affecting the region. Roundtable discussion will focus on the following:

o    Public Lands
o    Endangered Species
o    Healthcare
o    Education
o    Energy
In addition, key guests from Washington, D.C., and the private sector will address the governors and participate in discussions regarding these issues.

Why:    Once a year, members of the Western Governors’ Association meet to discuss strategies and long-term solutions for the issues facing the West region.

Who:    Governors from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, American Samoa, and Premiers from western areas of Canada
    Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior
    T. Boone Pickens, Chairman, BP Capital Management
    Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator, U.S. EPA
    Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Energy
Where:    Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

When:    June 28-30, 2013 (see page two for specific times for media opportunities)

Media Opportunities:

Friday, June 28, 2013
o    Keynote: T. Boone Pickens, Chairman, BP Capital Management. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Available for media at 11:45 a.m.
o    Keynote: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior. 1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Available for media at 2:15 p.m.
o    Governors’ Roundtable I: Public Lands. Representative Rob Bishop will be attending. Media access for B-roll. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
o    Governors’ Roundtable II: Endangered Species. Media access for B-roll. 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
o    Media press conference with governors. Governor Herbert will unveil The Western Governors’ 10-Year Energy Vision. 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
o    Governors’ Roundtable III: Healthcare. Mike Leavitt, Former Utah Governor and HHS Sec. will be participating. Media access for B-roll. 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
o    Governors’ Roundtable IV: Education. Media access for B-roll. 10:45 a.m. – noon
o    Special Advance Pre-screening of Disney’s New Movie The Lone Ranger (A special screening was granted by Disney since most of the movie was filmed in the western states). 4:30 p.m. at the Redstone Theater, Kimball Junction.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
o    Keynote: Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
o    Keynote: Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. 9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
o    Governors’ Roundtable V: Energy Vision. Media access for B-roll. 9:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Additional:     For more information and to watch a live stream of the roundtables and speeches, visit www.westgov.org.