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2012 NGA meeting to be held in Virginia

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August 11, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

RICHMOND, Virginia: The National Governors Association (dead link) announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia won the rights to host their 2012 annual meeting[1].

The meeting will be held in Williamsburg from July 13 to July 15, 2012. The NGA selected Virginia to host the 2012 meeting because of adequate hotel and meeting facilities along with Williamsburg's appeal and rich history[1]. This will be only the fourth time ever that Virginia will host a meeting of the nation's Governors. The Commonwealth of Virginia previously hosted NGA annual meetings in 1912, 1932, and 1957[2].

Governor Bob McDonnell stated: "in 2012, America will meet in Virginia. There is no more fitting location for a meeting of America's governors than our nation's birthplace." The Governor also stated: "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."[2]

Governor of Nebraska Dave Heineman who will lead the 2012 meeting said: "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."[1]

The bi-partisan group of Governors held its 2010 annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts[3]. The 2011 annual meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 15-17, 2011[1].

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