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Governor Focuses on Natural Resources at National Governors Association Meeting

February 21, 2010, Washington, D.C. - Governor Sean Parnell has joined governors from around the country at the National Governors Association's (NGA) annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. While in the nation's capital, Governor Parnell has been meeting with governors, members of the Obama administration, members of Congress, and business executives to discuss common challenges facing states.

As a member of the NGA's Natural Resources Committee, Governor Parnell participated in a hearing with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the Federal Energy Regulatory Board Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. Governor Parnell led the effort to amend an Endangered Species Act resolution to put more emphasis on local decision-making and economic development in land use planning decisions.

"I will continue fighting to ensure that jobs and economic recovery take a front seat in any discussions," said Governor Parnell.

Governor Parnell also joined other governors in hearing First Lady Michelle Obama speak about childhood obesity prevention and the "Let's Move" initiative. This evening, Governor Parnell and Alaska's First Lady, Sandy Parnell, will attend a dinner at the White House.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the collective voice of the nation's governors. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths.

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