About the Alliance
Letter from the Gulf Coast Governors in the 2009 Action Plan II
In March 2006, on the heels of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the five Gulf Coast Governors signed the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts. As Gulf States Governors, we recognize that the economy and quality of life for citizens of this national treasure are linked to its ecological health. Gulf stewardship is everyone’s responsibility. The first Action Plan identified specific actions needed to improve the health of our coastal areas, and the lives of millions of people that live and visit this region every year. Through the collaborative leadership of the Gulf States, the exceptional support of our federal partners, and active participation of our business council and non-governmental organizations, we have been able to collectively implement these actions.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership, initiated in 2004 by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, intent on significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance has identified six priority issues that are regionally significant and can be effectively addressed through increased collaboration at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Alliance actively works to collaborate with the six Mexican Gulf States and is engaged in a number of ongoing activities in Mexico. Both parties acknowledge that the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico is contingent upon responsible management by both the United States and Mexico. The Alliance will work to become a model for regional and international collaboration.