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VP Joe Biden Speaks To Governors At NGA Meeting In Nashville

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VP Joe Biden Speaks To Governors At NGA Meeting In Nashville

CREATED Jul 11, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the nation's governors in Nashville Friday for the opening session of the National Governors Association summer meeting.

Biden arrived at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville just before 1:30 p.m. Friday. He was the featured guest speaker at the opening session of the four-day conference, which started Thursday.

His plane touched down at Nashville International Airport around 11 a.m. Several roads around the airport and into the downtown area were blocked as his motorcade was escorted by Metropolitan Nashville Police.

Earlier Friday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam officially kicked off the meeting at the Ryman Auditorium. He welcomed governors from across the nation to Music City. 

Throughout the four-day meeting, which runs through Sunday, governors will discuss innovative work in states in several areas, including education, workforce, health care, veterans and jobs.
The meetings include several "governors-only" sessions, which provide an opportunity to exchange ideas about challenges facing states in a private, off-the-record setting.

Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, who served as NGA chairman when he was Tennessee governor in the 1980s, will attend a session on the role of education in economic development.

Private sector speakers include Accenture's group chief executive for North America, Stephen Rohleder, and Best Buy President and CEO Hubert Joly.

Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government.

In addition to the road closures, Metro Police said parking meters have been bagged as part of no parking zones on Broadway between 3rd &18th Avenues, and West End Avenue between 16th and 20th Avenues. 

Parking was also prohibited Friday on 4th Avenue from Commerce Street to Korean Veterans Boulevard, Malloy Street from Almond Street to 4th Avenue, and Korean Veterans Boulevard between 1st and 4th Avenues. Any vehicles left in the marked no-parking zones will be ticketed and towed.

"Officers are going to be paying very close to close attention to those no parking zones. They’re set there for security purposes. Nashville is a very welcoming city and we hope everyone will understand that this is a one day event," said Don Aaron, public information officer for Metro Police.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)