Governors talk economy during gathering in Utah

Jul 15 2011 - 10:17am

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert holds up a Chinese newspaper as he addresses the audience prior to a luncheon hosted by Herbert for the Chinese governors delegation Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and wife Jeanette, center, talk with Luo Huining, Governor of Qinghai Province, left, and Wang Sanyun, Governor of Anhui Province, right, during a meet and greet prior to a luncheon hosted by Herbert for the Chinese governors delegation Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City.(AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, right, shakes hands with Luo Huining Governor of Qinghai Province prior to a luncheon hosted by the governor and first lady Jeanette Herbert for the Chinese governors delegation Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert holds up a Chinese newspaper as he addresses the audience prior to a luncheon hosted by Herbert for the Chinese governors delegation Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and wife Jeanette, center, talk with Luo Huining, Governor of Qinghai Province, left, and Wang Sanyun, Governor of Anhui Province, right, during a meet and greet prior to a luncheon hosted by Herbert for the Chinese governors delegation Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City.(AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, right, shakes hands with Luo Huining Governor of Qinghai Province prior to a luncheon hosted by the governor and first lady Jeanette Herbert for the Chinese governors delegation Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)

 

SALT LAKE CITY -- Governors from around the country are meeting for three days in Salt Lake City to discuss ongoing economic challenges and how to compete in a global market.

The National Governors Association conference will begin Friday morning, with most events in downtown Salt Lake City.

Using higher education and international trade as economic drivers will be a focus for the governors. Among the planned events is a forum with American and Chinese officials.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says governors are more collegial than their federal counterparts and tend to be more willing to listen to ideas without a partisan bias. Herbert says the biggest benefit of the annual NGA gathering is the exchange of ideas between state leaders who often face similar problems.

The conference ends Sunday.

 

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