The Gasification & Coal Chemicals in Asia Pacific 2011 Conference, more easily identified as GAP 2011, is coming up in Beijing, China June 8th and 9th.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, is one of the Keynote Speakers for the event, as he is the 2011 President of the Council of State Governments. In that latter role, he is also leading a delegation of state-level elected officials, funded by the Council of State Governments.
Accompanying Governor Schweitzer and his wife, Montana First Lady Nancy Schweitzer, is Wyoming Representative Rosie Berger, a Republican from Big Horn; Alaska Senate President Gary Stevens, a Republican from Kodiak; Hawaii Representative Kyle Yamashita, a Democrat from Maui; and Massachusetts Senator Brian Joyce, a Republican from Norfolk.
The purpose of the delegation's visit, which began June 4th and concludes June 18th, is to meet with international counterparts and industry leaders to share best practices and to discuss common interests and challenges.
A media release from the Montana State Capitol in Helena states that the Council of State Governments is the oldest and largest non-profit association of state government leaders in America, tracking trends and advocating innovative solutions since 1933.
In addition, the Council is the only national association which includes all three branches of state government and which also maintains regional offices throughout the country to ensure that policy debates are informed by regional conditions and national consensus positions.