Rosselló attends National Governors Association’s Seminar
SAN JUAN – Governor-elec Ricardo Rosselló and wife, Beatriz Isabel, attended this weekend the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Seminar for New Governors in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., a forum designed for newly elected governors.
Through the bipartisan organization, elected governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice about policy, and work on solutions to improve state governments.
“We participated in the meeting in order to strengthen the relationship between our administration and the federal government so it becomes clear that Puerto Rico has a new government with a new public policy for economic development and creation of new jobs on the island,” Rosselló during a break from the seminar. “Come January, Puerto Rico will have a new government that will manage our public finances responsibly and that will implement an effective plan to stimulate our economy.”
Rosselló noted that the economic problems the island is facing are linked to the commonwealth’s colonial status, which is why “our administration will initiate in Washington D.C. an equal rights claim for Puerto Ricans as American citizens.”
As executive director and chief executive of the NGA, Scott D. Pattison said he was pleased to greet new members at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles for the seminar that took place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The seminar provides tools to help the transition from candidates to elected governors.
The seminar, held in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, featured business sessions in which veteran governors advised governors-elect and their transition teams on leadership and management of state government and the staffing, organization and operation of the governor’s office including developing the executive budget, “hiring the best and the brightest, shaping a vision for the administration, and strategic scheduling, communications and legislative relations.” At the same time, current governors’ spouses led sessions for spouses of governors-elect.
Rosselló’s wife, who attended Duke University, met with a group of re-elected and new governors’ spouses joining the organization for the first time.
The seminar ended with an emergency-preparedness and -response training session for governors-elect and their staff. The NGA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency presented best practices in communicating with the public, establishing roles and responsibilities for key state officers, requesting disaster assistance and using the National Guard and federal military assets.
The seminar’s business program was chaired by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the NGA’s chairman, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, the organization’s vice chairman.