Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has confirmed she is going to attend the National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 14-16, 2011. A Media Advisory, issued by her office on July 8, 2011 confirmed her attendance.
Fallin is a member of the NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee.
This NGA event is to feature the first meeting of the U.S.-China Governors Forum, created by a MOU in January, and signed by Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.
However, a contact in the Governor’s office today told a constituent that, although she will be attending the “main meeting”, the Governor “has not yet decided” on whether she will be attending the U.S.-China Forum.
Since the intent of the NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce committee is to seek more foreign direct investment in the states, it seems unlikely that Fallin would not attend the U.S.-China Forum.
From the Econ. Dev. and Commerce Committee’s May Briefing:
“Attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the States
On May 17, 2011, the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee hosted a briefing for governors’ staff about the role of foreign direct investment from the perspective of U.S. subsidiaries of foreign parent companies. Topics discussed included how to recruit investment, tax challenges, conflict-of-laws and the importance of physical infrastructure to global competitiveness. Panelists: Tom Langan, director of U.S. government relations and public affairs, Unilever (NGA Corporate Fellow); Nancy McLernon, president and CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII); and, John Lettieri, senior director of public policy and government affairs, OFII. Audio link (mp3)“
Below is the Media Advisory issued July 8, 2011.
From: Alex Gerszewski <Alex.Gerszewski@gov.ok.gov>
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Mary Fallin Press Itinerary for the Week of July 10 (Attachment)
Date: Friday, July 8, 2011, 3:02 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2011
*** Media Advisory ***
Governor Mary Fallin Press Itinerary for the Week of July 10
OKLAHOMA CITY – The following is a list of events at which Governor Mary Fallin will appear the week of July 10. Please note: while the following events are open to the media, they are not necessarily open to the public.
Sunday, July 10
5:30 to 7p.m. – Four Star Debate with Gen. Tommy Franks. This event is a kick-off of a weeklong leadership program for high school students at the Governor’s Pavilion on the Governor’s mansion grounds (820 NE 23rd St). At approximately 5:30 pm, General Tommy Franks will introduce Governor Fallin, who will give welcoming remarks and talk about the principles of leadership. Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Rita Aragon will also be speaking. Media wishing to attend must RSVP to email@example.com with the names of those attending. Parking is available at Gate 104, East of Lincoln Avenue (see attached map for details).
Tuesday, June 12
4 to 6 p.m. – Grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Ponca City University Center at 2800 N. 14th St. Ponca City, OK. At approximately 4:20 Governor Fallin will speak on the importance of higher education and the benefits of the new facility.
Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 17
Governor Fallin will be attending the National Governor’s Association Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Governors from across the country will gather to discuss state’s role in supporting education, fostering innovation and increasing competitiveness during the 103rd annual meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).