Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced he is attending the 2014 National Governor's Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., February 21 -- 24. While at the conference, Gov. Tomblin will also participate in the Homeland Security and Public Safety committee forum to discuss federal disaster support and state disaster response.
The governor will comment on the challenges and ongoing recovery efforts in West Virginia following the January 9 Elk River chemical spill, including FEMA's decision to deny West Virginia's request for emergency protective measures.
"The NGA Winter Meeting provides governors from across the country the opportunity to come together to share ideas and best practices to better tackle the issues our states are facing every day," Gov. Tomblin said. "Our nation's governors are working hard to create jobs, reform education and improve infrastructure at all levels. I look forward to sharing the great things we are doing in West Virginia and bringing new ideas back to the Mountain State."
While in Washington, D.C., Gov. Tomblin will also meet with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss reasonable standards to balance the environment and economic opportunity.
The NGA Winter Meeting provides an opportunity for governors to discuss issues affecting states, share innovative solutions and look for ways to strengthen the partnership between states and federal government.