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July 07, 2010

Governor Douglas to Chair Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association

Montpelier, Vt. (July 7, 2010) – Governor Jim Douglas will lead the nation’s governors at the annual Summer meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA) this week in Boston. Governor Douglas has focused on health care as his signature initiative during his year-long chairmanship of the NGA, which comes to a close this weekend.

“It is a great honor to chair the NGA,” said Governor Douglas. “Particularly during this time of great challenge and change for state governments, the NGA has been an important voice advocating the needs of state government as they confront enormous fiscal and economic pressures.”

Nearly 40 governors will attend the three-day meeting from Friday to Sunday. The governors will discuss issues ranging from the implementation of federal health reform, budget and economic challenges and security issues. They will hear from IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano, as well as other experts regarding the need for improved efficiency in the health care system. The governors will also hear from former Senator Alan K. Simpson and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine B. Bowles, co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, about the risks and challenges of the federal budget deficit.

“States are on the frontlines of implementing federal health reform, while at the same time grappling with large budget shortfalls,” continued Governor Douglas. “Governors are making tough choices to balance budgets and create jobs. Through the NGA, governors of both parties are working together to lead the nation toward recovery.”

Governor Douglas is the third Vermont Governor to chair the NGA, following Governor Richard Snelling (1981-1982) and Governor Howard Dean (1994-1995). His chairmanship concludes this weekend as incoming chairman Governor Joe Manchin III of West Virginia takes the reins.

For more information about the upcoming meeting visit

Below are the satellite coordinates for the NGA Annual Meeting. Feeds will be sent on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10, 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Tim each day.

Satellite: Galaxy 19 / TR 20 - C-band analog

Orbital slot: 97 degrees west

D/L freq: 4100 horizontal

Audio subcarriers - 6.2 & 6.8 full program mix

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: July 07, 2010 15:31:17