RELEASE: Lt. Governor Darr to Travel to Iowa for NLGA Bi-Partisan Discussions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 29, 2012
CONTACT: Sarah Beth Lowe, (501) 682-2198


On the heels of the U.S. Presidential election, more than a dozen lieutenant governors are meeting where the race began - in Iowa. "Collectively, lieutenant governors are bi-partisan leaders among the states through the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA)," said Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark A. Darr. "This meeting will unite us to explore best practices and shared goals on the critical issues still facing our states - energy, economic development and jobs."

Lieutenant governors will discuss strategic energy policy with a White House designee on the President's 'all of the above' energy plan. Lt. Governor Darr will also hear from the President of a corporate leader in wind energy and from the director of the Renewable Fuels Association of the state leading the nation in renewable fuel production. "Development and use of energy sources is an integral part of enhanced economic development," said Darr. "I will advocate for the needs of Arkansas and bring back information on where we may be headed as a nation," said Darr.

Lieutenant governors will also engage in exchange regarding jobs, workforce, and international trade. "Jobs based in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are projected to be the fastest growing occupations over the next decade," said NLGA Director Julia Hurst. "The lieutenant governors will learn of assistance available in the various states for STEM education and will discuss proven elements of successful state STEM programs."

A national model in workforce delivery will be detailed and Lt. Governor Darr will hear about opportunities for trade assistance for Arkansas's small businesses and about specific exchanges with Mexico and Germany.

The meeting is the NLGA Committees and New Elect meeting. Business discussion will focus on ways lieutenant governors may maintain their hallmark example of national bi-partisan leadership in the federal-state arena and continue exchanges which benefit all constituents through the collaborative exchange of best practices. The meeting is held December 3 - 5, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa.