Governors descend on Washington, DC to tackle the nation’s top issues

Governors descend on Washington, DC to tackle the nation’s top issues

WASHINGTON (Gray News) - Friday, governors from around the nation will tackle the country’s most pressing issues in Washington. Our DC Correspondent Alana Austin previews the big weekend ahead.

From jobs, to cyber-security, to the opioid crisis, governors from around the country kick off meetings this week in Washington for the annual winter conference for the National Governors Association (NGA).

The summit takes place from Friday through Monday. Most governors are expected to attend, and up to 1,500 people will be here in Washington working on major policy issues.

This year, there’s a heavy focus on addressing economic development and automation of jobs. Scott Pattison, leader of the NGA, tells us here Republicans and Democrats alike set aside partisan differences to get to work.

“They want to get together and talk about how do you solve health care problems, how are you dealing with child care in your particular state, what kind of challenges do you have when you have a major forest fire or a flood?” said Scott Pattison, NGA Executive Director and CEO.

One of the keynote speakers at the conference this year, Jamie Dimon, head of JP Morgan Chase. Governors will hear from him about some of the most urgent economic challenges facing the workforce and employers around the world.

While in Washington, governors will also be finding ways to work more closely with the federal government. The conference will include meetings with the Vice President and President Donald Trump.

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