While not all 50 governors typically attend the NGA’s summer meeting, landing the event could be an economic boost for Santa Fe and give the state national political exposure — at least for a few days.
It could also serve as a capstone of sorts for Gov. Susana Martinez, who offered to host the event and will be in her final year of governor next year after being elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
“This is great news for New Mexico, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing all our state has to offer with my fellow governors,” Martinez said in a statement.
Next year’s meeting will mark the first time New Mexico has hosted the NGA’s annual meeting.
The National Governors Association said it picked Santa Fe due in large part to its range of accommodations and venue options.
This year’s NGA summer meeting is being held on July 13-15 in Providence, R.I.