WGA is excited to announce that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack,Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will join the Western Governors at the meeting hosted by WGA Chair and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
The two-day event also will highlight the Governors discussing their ongoing work to manage the impact of COVID-19 and insightful conversations with additional special guests about the most significant issues facing the region.
Gov. Brown also will share outcomes from the past year’s work on the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative. The Chair’s Initiative of Gov. Brown has examined opportunities to improve
Sec. Raimondothe planning, siting, and coordination of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in western states.
Secretary Vilsack is the 32nd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He returns to a role where he served for eight years under President Barack Obama. During that time he worked to build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for innovation in rural America.
Secretary Raimondo is the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on a simple but vital mission — to spur good-paying jobs, empower
Sec. Haalandentrepreneurs to innovate and grow, and help American workers and businesses compete. The Secretary was formerly the 75th Governor of Rhode Island and its first woman governor.
Secretary Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary with her confirmation as the 54th U.S. Secretary of the Interior. She is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New Mexican. Prior to Interior, she served New Mexico as one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress.Sec. GranholmSecretary Granholm is the 16th Secretary of Energy and the second woman to lead the department.The Secretary Granholm is advancing cutting-edge clean energy technologies and also overseeing DOE’s core missions of promoting American leadership in scientific discovery, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing nuclear danger.
WGA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
June 30-July 1, 2021
Subject to changeJune 30, 2021Chair Initiative EV Roadmap Denouement12:30 PM-1:45 PMState-Federal Cooperation in Emergency Response1:45 PM-2:30 PMBreak2:30 PM-2:45 PMPublic Lands Challenges in Western States: Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland
2:45 PM-3:30 PMJuly 1, 2021Shared Stewardship: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack8:30 AM-9:15 AMThe Future of Energy: Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm9:15 AM-10:00 AMBreak10:00 AM-10:15 AMEnvironmental Policy and the West:Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael Regan10:15 AM-11:00 AMRebuilding Economies in a COVID-Affected World: Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo