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Vice President Pence to address governors in RI at summer meeting

Hundreds of visitors will be dropping into Providence this weekend for the National Governor’s Association. (WJAR)

Hundreds of visitors will be dropping into Providence this weekend, as well as a contingent of Secret Service.

The visitors are mostly governors, but Vice President Mike Pence is expected on Friday, as is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

They are all coming to Providence for the summer meeting of the National Governor’s Association.

“As the host governor of this year’s NGA Summer Meeting, I’m pleased that Vice President Pence will attend our conference and visit Rhode Island to meet with me and my colleagues to discuss the important relationship between states and the federal government,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said in a statement.

Pence was only confirmed on Monday, and he will give the opening keynote address on Friday. Trudeau is also set to speak, while other leaders from Canada and Mexico will participate in various panels.

Raimondo successfully pitched the Governors Association to hold their meeting in Providence. It will contribute an estimated $1.6 million into the local economy, and book 2,200 hotel rooms over the course of the conference.

The major theme of the event is cybersecurity. But Raimondo, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, will both be on a panel about combatting the opioid epidemic.

The governors will wrap up the conference with a clam bake in Newport on Saturday.

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