Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to co-chair a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in Washington D.C. on Monday. The Chamber sent out a news release saying Pawlenty and six other governors will attend the event:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation (NCF) will host seven bipartisan governors - including Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty - to discuss our nation's most important challenge: creating jobs and reviving economic growth. The event comes as the Chamber intensifies its American Free Enterprise. Dream Big. campaign, a nationwide effort to spur the creation of 20 million jobs over the next decade, by engaging governors and releasing its Enterprising States study. Governor Pawlenty will discuss specific examples, also highlighted in the new study, of how Minnesota is playing a pivotal role in fostering the conditions for job growth through its diverse industry portfolio, a legacy of national leadership in education, a highly-skilled and productive workforce, a robust entrepreneurial spirit, and keen interest in innovation.
The other governors scheduled to attend include Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Tennessee, Delaware Governor JackMarkell, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, Texas Governor Rick Perry and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.
I'm told the event will be webcast here.
Pawlenty's spokesman Brian McClung says Pawlenty will leave on Sunday for the event and that the state will not be paying for the trip.
Meanwhile, Pawlenty spoke at the Milken Institute's Global Conference on Shaping the Future on Wednesday. The event was held in California.