Nation’s governors heading to West Virginia
For the first time in nearly two-thirds of a century, most of the nation’s governors will be coming to West Virginia in 2015. That could be an important public relations opportunity for Mountain State residents.
The National Governors Association plans to hold its 2015 summer meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Only twice previously, in 1922 and 1950, has the NGA held gatherings here.
During the governors’ four-day stay in our state, there will be opportunities to educate them about West Virginia. An important lesson – about how our coal and gas industries may benefit residents of their states – should be reinforced.
While coal is mined in quantity in only a handful of states, electricity generated at coal-fired generating stations provides inexpensive power for scores of millions of Americans. Many may not be aware of how much they depend on Mountain State coal.
They also may not have thought much about President Barack Obama’s campaign to wreck the coal industry and force electricity prices up.
West Virginia officials should begin planning now to educate the governors about those issues and others important to our state.
Having state chief executives from throughout the nation here is an opportunity of which we should take full advantage.