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SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert is the new Chair of the Economic Development and Commerce Committee for the National Governors Association. The appointment was announced in Boston on the final day of the 2010 NGA Annual Meeting. Governor Herbert replaces outgoing chair, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Gov. Herbert has extensive experience with economic issues and trade policy at both the state and local level," said NGA Vice Chair Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman. "His leadership is just what we need as this committee tackles these vital issues throughout the coming year."

The Economic Development and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over a broad range of issues including, but not limited to, transportation and infrastructure, financial services, housing and community development, economic development and trade, R&D innovation and competitiveness, and communications.

"Utah is recognized as a leader among the states when it comes to economic development, and I believe this new assignment, which I am honored to receive, supports that," Governor Herbert said. "Our careful budgeting has positioned us well to emerge from the recession, and we continue to see economic development success across the state, even in these difficult times."

The full membership of the Economic Development and Commerce Committee is:

  • Governor Gary R. Herbert, Utah-Chair
  • Governor Bev Perdue, North Carolina-Vice Chair
  • Governor Janice K. Brewer, Arizona
  • Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono, American Samoa
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California
  • Governor Linda Lingle, Hawaii
  • Governor Mitch Daniels, Indiana
  • Governor John E. Baldacci, Maine
  • Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland
  • Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey
  • Governor John Hoeven, North Dakota
  • Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, Oregon
  • Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio
  • Governor Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania
  • Governor Luis G. Fortu~no, Puerto Rico
  • Governor Jim Doyle, Wisconsin

Governor Herbert has previously served on the National Governors Association's Health and Human Services standing committee, the Healthcare Reform Task Force and the Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Utah will host the NGA Annual Meeting in July 2011, the first time since 1947.

"This year's annual meeting in Boston was a productive opportunity to share Utah's best practices and to learn from my colleagues," Governor Herbert said. "I am excited to host the nation's governors in Salt Lake City next summer and show them everything Utah has to offer, everything from our highly recognized management practices to our unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities and quality of life."

The National Governors Association is a bipartisan organization of the nation's governors that promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy. For more information, visit www.nga.org.

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