Feb 25, 2013 at 6:52 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNSI) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has been elected Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Dayton replaces Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who served as Chair in 2012 during the MGA's 50th anniversary year.
Dayton's agenda for 2013 will focus on coordinating state responses to invasive species. While the Chair's agenda provides the opportunity to highlight all regional efforts to address both land and aquatic invasive species, the primary focus of the agenda will be Asian carp and zebra mussels.
In addition to focusing on regional coordination efforts on invasive species, Dayton plans to continue the efforts initiated under Branstad's 2012 agenda to increase the production of low-cost energy by highlighting regional industrial energy efficiency opportunities, strategies for increasing alternative vehicle fueling stations and opportunities for better regional transmission.
Dayton will serve as Chair of the MGA until February 2014.