Friday, February 20, 2009


Gov. Bill Ritter will join governors from around the country this weekend at the National Governors Association annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Jobs, the economy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law in Colorado earlier this week, will be among the topics discussed.
Governors will be meeting with the President, members of his Cabinet, congressional members, academic leaders, business executives and other experts.
Gov. Ritter also will be participating in sessions on issues important to Colorado, including strengthening the nation's infrastructure, reducing home foreclosures, building out a modern energy infrastructure, addressing climate change, reforming health care, and retraining the American workforce for a 21st century, global economy.
For more information about the annual meeting, visit or contact the NGA media office at 202-624-5301. Some of the highlights:
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
8 a.m. MST                The NGA 2009 Winter Meeting will host an opening news conference. Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.
9:30 a.m. MST           Opening Session: Energy Infrastructure for the 21st Century. Keynotes: T. Boone Pickens and John W. Rowe, chairman and CEO of Exelon Corp.
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009
            8 a.m.                          Education Committee Session: Transforming the Workforce System: Upskilling American Workers.
            Noon                           Natural Resources Committee: Energy Infrastructure: Vital for a 21st Century Economy.       
Monday, Feb. 23, 2009
7:30 a.m. MST           Governors will meet at the White House with President Obama, Treasury Secretary Geithner and HUD Secretary Donovan to discuss the national economic outlook and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Media availability: 9:30 a.m. MST.