Hopes to Identify Areas of Agreement and Possible Policy Coalition
SALT LAKE CITY - In an effort to identify common ground on issues critical to the Intermountain West, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will host the governors of four adjacent states at the Utah Governor's Mansion tomorrow. The historic, intimate, and bipartisan event is the first ever and has been dubbed the Rocky Mountain Roundtable.
"As neighboring states in the Intermountain West, we face many similar challenges on critical issues," said Governor Herbert. "Hopefully, we will not only identify areas of common ground on unique western issues, but also discuss common solutions and a way forward. We often struggle to get Washington, D.C., to understand our issues, so there is tremendous value in speaking with a united voice."
In addition to Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell, participants in the Rocky Mountain Roundtable include Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D), Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R), Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R), Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R). Governor Herbert's environmental advisor Alan Matheson has been invited to facilitate both morning and afternoon discussions, which will focus on issues like public lands, water, responsible energy development, endangered species, and transportation.