- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has been elected to serve as chairman of the Western Governors’ Association.

The governor’s office said Wednesday that he will serve in the post for one year. Daugaard says he looks forward to leading the bipartisan coalition of states.

The Republican governor has also announced the launch of a new association initiative on workforce. Through the initiative, governors aim to identify high-demand skills, add to career training opportunities for students and make strategies for rural communities.

The group plans to hold webinars and outreach events including one in Sioux Falls to meet with regional stakeholders. The association is made up of 19 states and 3 U.S.-flag islands.

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