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Governor Huntsman tapped for NGA committees

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has accepted two appointments within the National Governors Association, which chose new executive and standing committee leadership Monday.

Governor Huntsman will lead the Natural Resources Committee, of which he was vice chair last year.

"Today we are at a critical juncture in the utilization and development of our natural resources. There are great opportunities for balanced growth and we must carefully evaluate all of our options, giving heightened evaluation to alternative development options such as energy efficiency and renewables," Governor Huntsman said. "We must also define creative solutions to resource extractions, looking for the best environmental mitigation opportunities and ever greater use of the most advanced and productive technologies."

He was also tapped by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who began her year-long stint as the NGA's new chair, to serve on an elite six-governor group, the Innovation America Task Force.
Gov. Napolitano will co-chair with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Other members include Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Gov. Huntsman.

The task force will highlight two critical areas of education and innovation. The task force will be focusing on job market competitiveness and educating youth to be innovators using math and science as springboards for increased workforce innovations.

Governor Huntsman has worked on many of these issues in the State of Utah and will continue his efforts at the NGA level.

More information on this initiative and the NGA can be found at www.nga.org.

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