Inside the Western Governors’ Association with Executive Director James Ogsbury

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – May 20, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the upcoming WGA Annual Meeting in Vail June 10-12 is James Ogsbury, Executive Director with the Western Governors Association


CLICK HERE to view the complete agenda and to get registered for the 2019 WGA Annual Meeting in Vail, CO June 10-11-12

About James Ogsbury, WGA Executive Director

Jim Ogsbury, born and raised in Arizona, has extensive experience with the issues that are important to the region. Prior to joining WGA in 2012, Jim served as legislative director for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.  A graduate of Harvard College and Arizona State University College of Law, Jim also has served as the clerk and staff director for the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

Western Governors’ Association

2019 Annual Meeting

June 9-12, 2019 | Hotel Talisa

Vail, Colorado


 (subject to change)




Dress for meeting is business casual; western casual attire suggested for evening events.


Monday, June 10, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Registration Open


12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Governors’ Group Photo and Press Conference
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jim Ogsbury, WGA Executive Director

Governor David Ige, WGA Chair

Presentation of the colors and national anthem


1:30 – 2:00 p.m.


Keynote: U.S. Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt

The Secretary will kick off the first day of the meeting with an update on the department’s work and a dialogue with the Governors.


2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Roundtable I: Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Report

WGA Chair Governor David Ige will moderate a session that highlights the past year’s work on his central policy initiative and considers next steps, including: new and innovative policies on cross-boundary collaboration, biocontrol research, and invasive species data management.


2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Keynote:  Robert Katz

Vail Resorts operates 13 ski resorts worldwide, the RockResorts hotel chain, and extensive real estate operations. CEO Robert Katz will discuss the issues facing that evolving business, as well as his foundation, which supports nonprofit social service organizations working in the mountain communities where Vail Resorts operates.


3:00 – 3:10 p.m. Break


3:10 – 3:40 p.m.


Keynote: Craig Johnson

The best-selling author’s fictional Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire was the focus of a long-running series on A&E. Johnson will discuss writing and the western landscape his characters inhabit that has proved such a compelling destination for readers and viewers.


3:40 – 4:30 p.m.


Roundtable II:  Connecting the Rural West

Broadband enables businesses to compete globally and citizens to access the likes of telehealth and distance learning. However, many western rural communities lack broadband access due to the high cost of infrastructure and low number of customers. Panelists will discuss strategies to overcome deployment challenges and how high-speed internet can invigorate rural communities.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.


Keynote:  Frank Luntz

The influential pollster will share his latest findings on the issues that matter most to citizens in the West and have an onstage conversation with the Governors.


9:45 – 10:30 a.m.


Roundtable III:  Utilizing Data and Forecasting in Western Water Management

Panelists will discuss practical applications of data collection and analysis in western water management, such as: streamflow and soil moisture monitoring; snowpack assessment; seasonal and sub-seasonal forecasting; drought preparedness; and extreme weather response.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.




10:45 – 11:15 a.m.


Keynote: U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta

The Secretary will provide an update on department initiatives followed by an onstage conversation with the Western Governors.


11:15 – 11:45 a.m.


Keynote: Eric Boechler

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant will share the story of the staggering growth of illicit fentanyl exports from China to Canada, and the harrowing human cost it has exacted.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.


Keynote & Case Study: Western Governors University

WGU President Scott Pulsipher will speak, then moderate a conversation with former Western Governors about the creation and ongoing work of the groundbreaking online educational advance that debuted in 1997.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote: U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson

The Secretary will address the department’s work and have an onstage conversation with the Governors.


10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Meet the New Western Governors

The new Western Governors will talk about their paths to office and what work they have embarked on in their states, including policy, economic development and beyond.

11:45 a.m.-Noon


Update: Governors’ Policy and Business Session

WGA Vice Chair, North Dakota Doug Burgum, will offer an update on policy resolutions and other business.





Incoming Chair’s Remarks

· Election of  incoming WGA Chair and Vice Chair

· Governor Burgum will discuss his priorities and goals as Chair of WGA in 2019-2020.


By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.