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O’Malley, who returned Sunday from a meeting of the National Governors Association in Salt Lake City, is scheduled to appear late next week at a two-day policy conference that also serves to raise money for the DGA from corporate and individual donors.

O’Malley ascended to chairman of the DGA, which seeks to elect fellow Democrats across the country, in December and has seen his national profile grow considerably since then.

While in Salt Lake City, O’Malley led three other Democratic governors in a DGA news conference critical of Republicans on the national debt-ceiling negotiations, and he was the keynote speaker at a Utah State Democratic Party Dinner.

The policy conference in Aspen is the latest in a series of similar DGA events around the country. This one is being hosted by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and focuses on government efficiency. According to the DGA staff, about 175 people are expected to attend the event, which starts July 29. The fee to attend is $350, according the organization’s Web site.

The event is closed to the media.