Governors talk education during gathering in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governors from around the country are meeting for three days in Salt Lake City to discuss ongoing economic challenges, education and how to compete in a global market.

The National Governors Association conference runs through Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Using higher education and international trade as economic drivers will be a main focus for the governors.

Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire says that as more jobs demand degrees beyond high school diplomas, it is imperative that states invest in higher education and trade schools.

She says the current workforce isn't prepared to meet the demands of the future.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says the gathering will be a good place for state leaders to share ideas in a cordial setting without the partisan bickering of Washington politicians.