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WASHINGTON-The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that Salt Lake City, Utah, will host the nation's governors for its 2011 Annual Meeting, July 15-17. This will mark the fourth time NGA has held its Annual Meeting in the state since 1919. "NGA is excited to be gathering in Salt Lake City," said NGA Vice Chair West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who will serve as NGA's chair in 2011. "NGA meetings offer governors of all political parties the opportunity to sit down together to focus on solutions and ideas that improve state government and strengthen the federal-state partnership. I know Utah's capital city will serve as an excellent setting."

NGA's nine-governor executive committee selected Utah for its first-class hotel and meeting facilities, as well as the city's overall appeal. Utah's bid demonstrated the state's ability to meet all of the association's criteria for hosting an Annual Meeting.

"The 2011 NGA Annual Meeting is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Utah. Governors and their families from across the nation will be in attendance, and Salt Lake City will serve as an excellent place for us to gather and discuss issues of importance to all governors," said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. "I am honored that my fellow governors have selected Utah as  their host and am thrilled for the opportunity to showcase all that this wonderful state has to offer."

Salt Lake City hosted the NGA Annual Meeting three previous times: 1919, 1930 and 1947. NGA's Annual Meeting draws approximately 1,000 attendees. This is one of the organization's two official business meetings held each year; the Winter Meeting is held in Washington, D.C. The next Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, July 9-11, 2010.

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