DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Governors Association announced Wednesday that Iowa will host the nation’s governors for its 2016 Summer Meeting, July 14-17.
“The nation’s governors are pleased to bring our Summer Meeting to Iowa, and we thank Gov. Branstad for his gracious invitation,” NGA Vice Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in a press release. “NGA meetings are an opportunity for leaders from around the country to come together across party lines to develop innovative and improved approaches to governing.” Herbert will serve as NGA Chair during the meeting.
NGA’s nine-governor executive committee selected Iowa for its excellent accommodations and venue options, as well as its overall appeal. The state’s strong bid demonstrated its ability to meet all of the association’s criteria for hosting a Summer Meeting, including central location; hotel and venue space; and transportation, security and volunteer needs.
“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to showcase Iowa to my colleagues from across the country,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “Iowa will serve as an excellent place for the nation’s governors to gather and discuss issues of mutual interest and share best practices, and I’m confident this will be a productive and memorable experience for everyone involved.”
The Summer Meeting is one of two official business meetings NGA holds each year. The next Winter Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., February 20-23. The next Summer Meeting will be held in West Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, July 23-26, 2015.