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September 22, 2016

NGA Participates in Governors Forum on Presidential Transition

NGA’s Anna Davis and Sue Gander discuss healthcare and infrastructure at the Governors Forum on Presidential Transition


September 21, 2016

Governors Encourage Congress to Pass SelectUSA Authorization

The National Governors Association released a statement encouraging Congress to authorize the SelectUSA program, which helps fuel economic development and job creation.


September 21, 2016

Attorney General to Governors: Use PDMPs to Tackle Opioid Abuse

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a letter to all governors asking them to implement one of the most effective tools states have to respond to the opioid epidemic: prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPS).


September 13, 2016

NGA Names New Interim Education Director

The National Governors Association has announced Aaliyah Samuel as interim director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division.


September 13, 2016

Tune In Now: NGA Center Expert Featured in Homeland Security Podcast

In a newly released podcast, NGA’s Alisha Powell discusses the increasingly important role of state homeland security advisors.


September 12, 2016

NGA CEO Pens Op-Ed on Congress and Zika Funding

NGA CEO Scott Pattison wrote an op-ed on governors’ desire for Congress to reach a swift deal on Zika funding, which was published September 12, 2016, in The Hill.


September 09, 2016

States Take On Heroin, Illicit Fentanyl to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Seven states have been selected to develop action plans for reducing overdoses and deaths related to heroin and illicit fentanyl.


September 09, 2016

‘Governor’s Corner’ Column Spotlights State Energy Advancements

Each quarter, the NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division pens “Governor’s Corner,” a column in Public Utilities Fortnightly.


September 07, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Holds Second Cyber Roundtable

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hosted an education and workforce cyber event last week as part of a series of roundtables highlighting his chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge.


September 06, 2016

NGA Announces New Strategy, Communications Head

The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced Tiffany Shackelford as chief strategic officer and director of communications and strategic planning. With more than 20 years of leadership in media, communications and marketing, Shackelford will be first person to hold the newly created position.


August 31, 2016

Governors Respond to Every Student Succeeds Act Funding Regulation

U.S. Department of Education regulations must recognize the role states play in ensuring high-quality education for students who need help the most.


August 16, 2016

States Focus On Comprehensive Approach To Reduce Tobacco Use

Tobacco use primarily starts in adolescence. A new paper from the National Governors Association outlines a multi-pronged approach states can adopt to prevent, control and reduce tobacco use, yielding savings in health care spending.


August 11, 2016

NGA Participates in Zika Press Event with NIAID Director

Public health experts from the federal, state and local levels gathered to give an update on how each are working to prepare for and control the spread of the Zika virus.


August 05, 2016

States Improve Health Care Data Flow

Three states will receive support to address policy issues that limit the flow of health care data among providers through a new NGA opportunity.


August 03, 2016

States Focus on Improving Child Welfare

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that eight states will participate in a 18-month technical assistance effort focused on improving safety and preventing fatalities within the child welfare system.


August 03, 2016

NGA Releases Medicaid Toolkit at Press Event in Washington, D.C.

At an event in Washington, D.C., NGA experts unveiled and discussed a new toolkit, The Future of Medicaid Transformation: A Practical Guide for States, which helps states prepare for and reach agreement with the federal government on proposals to reform Medicaid programs.


August 02, 2016

States Respond To Increased Volatility Of Electricity Demand

States across the country are confronting a shift to a “peakier” pattern in the use of electricity—meaning the highest levels of daily demand are increasingly greater than the average level of daily demand—that is driving up overall power costs.


August 01, 2016

New Opportunity: Early Care and Education Workforce Investment

Seven states will receive grants and support to strengthen the quality of their early care and education professionals through workforce investment resources and strategies.


July 29, 2016

NGA Chair Gov. McAuliffe Sits Down With C-SPAN’s Newsmakers

C-SPAN interviewed Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for the weekly program Newsmakers. Gov. McAuliffe spoke about his role as chair of the National Governors Association, including his chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat.


July 20, 2016

2016 National Governors Association Summer Meeting: News Coverage

Opioids, cybersecurity, agriculture and trade topped the agenda items at the 2016 National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.


July 19, 2016

NGA Sends ESSA Recommendations to Education Dept.

The National Governors Association (NGA) sent recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on accountability and state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


July 19, 2016

NGA Releases New Resource for State Health Care Leaders

The National Governors Association, along with the National Academy of Medicine and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, released a resource guide in support of state leaders and the nationwide adoption of health care transformation best practices.


July 19, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Holds First Cyber Roundtable

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe held the first official meeting for his 2016-17 National Governors Association (NGA) chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, where he addressed the intersection of cybersecurity and health care.


July 18, 2016

NGA Announces 2016-2017 Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association announced its new leadership for 2016-2017, including committee leadership and appointments.


July 17, 2016

2016 Summer Meeting Photo Gallery

Des Moines, IA (July 14–17, 2016)


July 16, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Named NGA Chair, Unveils Cyber Initiative

Today at the Closing Session of the 2016 NGA Summer Meeting, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was named NGA chair and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vice chair. Gov. McAuliffe also announced his chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge.


July 15, 2016

Gov. Herbert Showcases State Solutions at NGA Summer Meeting

Today at the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, NGA Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert showcased state innovation as part of his chair’s initiative, States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives.


July 13, 2016

Governors Sign Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction

Today 46 governors signed on to the Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction, agreeing to redouble their efforts to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.


July 13, 2016

A Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction

Governors have long been at the forefront of efforts to prevent and treat opioid addiction, working with health care providers, law enforcement and other stakeholders to mount a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis.


June 30, 2016

States Stem Opioid Overdose Through Information Sharing

Four states—Delaware, Minnesota, New Mexico and Rhode Island—will participate in a learning lab on improving data-collection efforts and information sharing between law enforcement and public health officials as a way to combat opioid overdoses.


June 29, 2016

Governors to Congress: Recognize Our Role as Education Leaders

In a statement on the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, governors stressed the importance of Congress creating a substantial role for them as they work to ensure students’ success throughout the nation.


June 22, 2016

State Groups Applaud TSCA Reform Act

The National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and Environmental Council of States applaud the collaborative efforts that led to the reform of the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


June 21, 2016

NGA Testifies Before Senate on FirstNet Implementation

Jeff McLeod, Director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, testified before a Senate subcommittee on the public safety broadband network known as FirstNet, which sets aside a wireless spectrum for emergency communications.


June 13, 2016

Governors Advance Strategies to Improve Energy Efficiency

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced today the selection of four states, Alaska, Michigan, New Hampshire and Virginia, to participate in policy retreats to advance new targeted energy-efficiency strategies.


June 10, 2016

NGA Welcomes New Federal Relations Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce Anna Holmquist Davis as the new director of the Office of Federal Relations. Davis brings more than 35 years of public service experience to the position.


May 18, 2016

Governors Weigh In on Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

The nation’s governors ask Congress to improve flexibility and preserve parts of the child nutrition law that work to feed America’s children.


May 09, 2016

Governors Ask for Swift Action on Zika Funding

The nation’s governors urge the Administration and Congress to work together to reach agreement on the appropriate funding levels needed to prepare for and combat the Zika virus.


April 28, 2016

States Bolster Cybersecurity Practices To Thwart Crime

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that five states will participate in a policy academy on developing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity strategies.


April 27, 2016

NGA, NCJA Launch State Criminal Justice Reform Initiative

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Criminal Justice Association, through its Center for Justice Planning (NCJA), today announced a joint initiative to support system-wide criminal justice reform in up to five states.


April 20, 2016

Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council Announces New Leadership

The National Governors Association today announced new executive leadership for the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) for 2016-2017.


April 13, 2016

States Make Progress On Radioactive Waste Cleanup Efforts

NGA’s new report Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2015 Update for Governors takes a look at the important role governors play in overseeing the nuclear cleanup effort by ensuring the DOE, their partner in the effort, adopts responsible disposal decisions that are coordinated with states.


April 13, 2016

State Groups Urge Senate Support of FAA Amendment

Five national organizations representing state and local officials urge all Senators to support a bipartisan amendment, which will strike language that pre-empts state and local authorities to regulate the safety of the national airspace system as established by law and precedent regarding both manned and unmanned aerial system operations.


April 12, 2016

Governors Use Data To Drive Effective Decision Making

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that six states will participate in a learning lab on improving the use of data in policymaking.


April 07, 2016

States Enhance First Responders’ Emergency Communication

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that five states will participate in a policy academy on emergency communications interoperability, which helps emergency responders respond in real time.


March 31, 2016

States Convene To Prevent Zika Virus Spread

Governors and states across the nation are working to combat the Zika virus and control its spread in the United States.


March 30, 2016

NGA Urges FCC To Reject Proposal That Weakens States’ Authority

NGA released a statement urging the FCC to reject a proposal that would preempt states’ authority to designate eligible telecommunications carriers under the Lifeline program.


March 28, 2016

Governing: New Head of Governors Group Talks Future of States

NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison sat down with Governing’s Louis Jacobson to talk about his new vision for the association and the role NGA has played historically.


March 11, 2016

Scott Pattison Named CQ RollCall 'Influencer'

CQ Weekly included NGA executive director and CEO Scott Pattison in its Influencers section. In the profile, Pattison talks about his priorities for NGA.


March 02, 2016

NGA Loves Read Across America!

In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday, everyone got in on the fun—governors, spouses and even NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison.


February 29, 2016

2016 NGA Winter Meeting Recap

During the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting, Feb. 19-22, more than 40 governors gathered to discuss the state of the economy, the nation’s opioid crisis, education reform, how to respond to the Zika virus, and more.


February 25, 2016

Governors Unite in the War Against Opioids

Addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, the focus of the Health and Human Services Committee session at the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting, garnered national attention from media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time and PBS NewsHour.


February 23, 2016

Governors Lead the Charge on Opioid Abuse, Education Reform, Zika Response

At the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting, more than 40 governors gathered to discuss the state of the economy, the nation’s opioid crisis, education reform, how to respond to the Zika virus, and more.
Winter Meeting News | Video | Photos


February 22, 2016

Governors Meet With President, Brief White House Press Corps

NGA Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Vice Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe took questions from the White House Press Corps directly following their meeting with the President, where they discussed critical issues affecting states.
Winter Meeting News | Video | Photos


February 20, 2016

Governors, Physicians Call For End To Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

Governors and physicians find it unacceptable that nearly 30,000 Americans die each year from the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids and heroin.
Winter Meeting News | Video | Photos


February 18, 2016

Governors Make Recommendations To Address National Opioid Epidemic

To address the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, the nation’s governors are calling on the federal government to take swift action. Governors will discuss priorities for addressing the nation’s opioid crisis among themselves and with the President when they gather for the NGA 2016 Winter Meeting.


February 17, 2016

NGA Presents Sen. Lamar Alexander With First-Ever Madison Award

At the closing session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, NGA Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will award Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander with the first-ever James Madison Award.


February 09, 2016

NGA Helps Alabama Secure Medicaid Waiver Approval

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s regional care organization plan, which provides medical care to most Alabamians on Medicaid, has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


January 29, 2016

Governors Welcome Army Commission Report

The National Governors Association (NGA) applauds the National Commission on the Future of the Army for concluding its work and issuing its final report, which includes a number of promising recommendations that recognize the Army National Guard’s dual-mission role serving governors in their states and as the operational reserve of the Army.


January 22, 2016

Ed Week: Here's How the Education World Thinks the Feds Should Regulate Under ESSA

NGA's stance on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was mentioned in Education Week's Politics K-12 blog.


January 19, 2016

Governors Praise Senate Child Nutrition Deal

The nation’s governors are working to solve child hunger. The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 takes necessary steps to ensure states and schools can focus their energy on increasing access to school meals.


January 19, 2016

Capitol Ideas: States Fiscally Stable, But Juggling Priorities

In the February 2016 issue of Capitol Ideas, NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison outlines financial challenges states face in 2016.


January 15, 2016

NGA Center Releases Criminal Justice Guide For Governors

The majority of the U.S. prison population is housed in state prisons, which means governors have a unique role to play in shaping state corrections policies and criminal justice reform. 


January 14, 2016

State, local leaders expand efforts to treat opioid overdoses

NGA, the National Association of Counties and other organizations today announced an agreement that will offer public agencies access to a reduced-price, potentially lifesaving opioid withdrawal nasal spray.


January 12, 2016

Governing: A New Era for NGA's Relations With Congress?

Governing magazine sat down with NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison directly following the State of the States event Jan. 7. In the article, Pattison talks about how he aims to raise the profile of the organization. To read the article, click here.


January 07, 2016

Governors: States Lead the Way

National Governors Association Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Vice Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today delivered the fourth annual State of the States address at the National Press Club.
State of the States Video | Address Text | Photos


December 16, 2015

State of the States: A Q&A with NGA’s Scott Pattison

State and local media outlet Route Fifty sat down with NGA's new executive director to discuss state finances, education, infrastructure and more.


December 14, 2015

Gov. Branstad Becomes Nation’s Longest-Serving Governor

On Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's became the nation's longest-serving governor of all time. Branstad held office as Iowa governor from 1983 to 1999 and reassumed the position in January 2011.


December 11, 2015

NGA, NCSL Call On Congress To Reject ITFA Inclusion

NGA and NCSL are disappointed by the inclusion of language to make ITFA permanent as part of the conference report on H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. 


December 10, 2015

States Look to Increase Career Opportunities for Young Workforce

The NGA Center for Best Practices today announced that six states—Indiana, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and Washington—will participate in the 2016 Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning.


December 09, 2015

Governors Praise Congress for Completing ESEA Reauthorization

The nation’s governors congratulate Congress for passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and replacing No Child Left Behind. 


December 04, 2015

Governors Hail Congress for Passing FAST Act

The nation’s governors congratulate Congress for passing the five-year, $305 billion FAST Act with broad bipartisan support.


December 02, 2015

Governors Commend House for Passing ESSA

“Governors congratulate the House for passing ESSA with broad bipartisan support. This marks an historic moment in ensuring children’s future success in the nation’s schools.”


December 02, 2015

NGA, NCSL Applaud Five-Year, $305 Billion Surface Transportation Conference Report

We call on Congress to move quickly to pass the bipartisan conference report for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). 


December 02, 2015

National Governors Association Announces New Executive Director

The National Governors Association Executive Committee today announced Scott Pattison as the new NGA executive director and chief executive officer. 


November 30, 2015

Nation’s Governors Endorse Every Student Succeeds Act

In advance of the House and Senate votes on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced its full endorsement of the bill. 


November 19, 2015

Governors Praise Completion of ESEA Conference Report

Governors applaud the swift action of the House and Senate conferees to approve the Elementary and Secondary Education Act conference report.


November 18, 2015

Governors Applaud Movement On ESEA Reauthorization

Governors have long called for the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to restore the state-federal partnership.


October 31, 2015

North American Leaders Meet For First-Ever Summit

Governors from the United States and Mexico and a representative of Canada’s premiers gathered today for the first-ever Summit of North American Governors and Premiers. 
Summit Photos & Video


October 29, 2015

States Focus On Strategies To Improve Oral Health

Governors are at the forefront of health care transformation in their states and are finding health policies that both improve the health of all citizens and the quality of health care while reducing costs for states and state residents. 


October 28, 2015

Governors Comment On House Budget Bill

The recent passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 by the United States House of Representatives creates longer-term certainty for the economies of our states and the nation.


October 27, 2015

States Work To Expand Student Success

In a country where only one-third of students are rated proficient on national math and reading tests, more than 1 million drop out of high school annually, and the percentage of higher education students enrolled in remedial class might be as high as 60 percent, governors are at the forefront to help solve those and other problems by implementing new systems such as competency-based education (CBE), according to a paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


October 05, 2015

Governors, States Hold Health Care Retreats

Governors play a critical role in health care transformation and are leading innovative efforts to improve the quality of health care while reducing its cost.


October 02, 2015

NGA Chair Delivers Speech On State Solutions

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert delivered remarks today at a sold-out luncheon at the National Press Club on his 2015-2016 chair’s initiative, States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives


September 29, 2015

Governors Release Priorities For ESEA Conference

As Congress prepares to conference bills reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s governors released principles and priorities to guide the committee during their negotiations and urged completion of the law this year.


September 23, 2015

Data Critical In Managing Complex Need Patient Care

One of the most critical components of better managing the care of complex needs patients is data, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association. 


September 21, 2015

NGA, CHCS Announce States For Medicaid Leadership Institute

The National Governors Association and the Center for Health Care Strategies today announced six states—Alaska, Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania—to participate in the 2015-2016 Medicaid Leadership Institute beginning this fall. 


August 26, 2015

States Employ Two-Generation Strategies For Low-Income Parents, Children

Poverty and long-term unemployment plague Americans of all ages, including parents and their children. 


August 24, 2015

Governors Select Rhode Island To Host 2017 Summer Meeting

The National Governors Association today announced that Rhode Island will host the nation’s governors for its 2017 Summer Meeting, July 13-16.  


August 24, 2015

Connecting Education, Workforce Data Key To Strong State Labor Markets

Using data to track recent graduates in the workforce helps ensure postsecondary education institutions are preparing graduates for successful careers, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association. 


July 25, 2015

New NGA Chair Announces Initiative

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert officially became the new chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) today at the closing session of the NGA Summer Meeting. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was named vice chair. 
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 25, 2015

NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association today announced its new leadership for 2015-2016. 
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 24, 2015

Governors Gather In West Virginia For 2015 Summer Meeting

Governors joined together in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, today to kick off the National Governors Association 2015 Summer Meeting.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 16, 2015

Fusion Centers Play Leading Role In Promoting Cybersecurity

States can promote cybersecurity and enhance their capabilities by heightening the importance of cybersecurity as a mission of fusion centers, according to a paper released today by the National Governors Association.


July 16, 2015

Governors Hail Senate For Passing Every Child Achieves

The nation’s governors have long called for bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and applaud Senate passage of the Every Child Achieves Act.


July 09, 2015

States Protect Drinking Water From Potential Shale Energy Risks

As shale energy development becomes a leading source of the nation’s energy supply, protecting drinking water resources is an increasing concern.


July 07, 2015

State Officials Call For ESEA Reauthorization

The nation’s governors have long called for the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to restore balance to the state-federal relationship.
Letter: ESEA Reauthorization


July 06, 2015

Nation's Governors To Convene For Summer Meeting In West Virginia

Governors from across the country will gather in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, July 23-25, for the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting to discuss innovative work in states in several areas, including effective and efficient government, jobs, tourism, health care and education.


July 01, 2015

States Work To Improve Energy Efficiency Of Multifamily Buildings

Improving the energy efficiency of multifamily buildings can help states reduce consumers’ energy costs, strengthen electricity system reliability and lower emissions, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association.


June 25, 2015

Effective Principals Key To Teacher, Student Success

Effective principals are critical in building a culture of high-quality teaching and learning, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


June 19, 2015

NGA Names New Division Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) today named Jeffrey McLeod as director of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Division of the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


June 18, 2015

Governors Applaud Senate Action To Protect National Guard

The nation’s governors appreciate the Senate’s work to maintain Army National Guard (ARNG) aircraft, personnel and force structure in the NDAA for FY 2016 and urge House and Senate conferees to include these important provisions in the final conference report.


June 16, 2015

States Improve Care, Reduce Cost Of Health Care For People With Complex Needs

The National Governors Association today announced that Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming will participate in a policy academy designed to assist governors and their senior staff in establishing or enhancing programs that improve outcomes and reduce cost of health care for people with complex care needs. 


June 15, 2015

States Look To Improve Outcomes For Justice-Involved Youth

Strengthening juvenile justice systems and improving outcomes for justice-involved youth is a top priority of the nation’s governors, as detailed in a paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


June 15, 2015

NGA Applauds Introduction Of Remote Transactions Parity Act

The National Governors Association supports the legislation introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz to level the playing field for Main Street and e-street retailers instead of picking winners or losers in a 21st century economy.


June 10, 2015

Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council Selects New Executive Leadership

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced new executive leadership for the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC).


June 08, 2015

NGA Executive Director Calls On Congress To Address Sales Tax Issue

We are very disappointed that the House of Representatives has chosen to take up the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act before discussing the tax issue of greatest importance to states.


May 12, 2015

Governors To Congress: Support The Guard

The nation’s governors call on Congress to maintain Army National Guard (ARNG) aircraft, personnel and force structure. 


April 23, 2015

NGA Chair Hosts 'Delivering Results' Summit

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper brought together state teams to discuss his chair’s initiative, Delivering Results.


April 21, 2015

States Improve Quality Of Early Childhood Care And Education

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced it will work with five states—Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana and Rhode Island—to expand access to and improve the quality of early care and education (ECE) for children from early childhood through third grade.


April 20, 2015

NGA And CHCS To Host Medicaid Leadership Institute

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced it is partnering with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) to host the national Medicaid Leadership Institute this fall. 


April 16, 2015

Nation's Governors Pleased With Education Markup

The nation’s governors commend the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for working in a bipartisan way to restore balance to the state-federal relationship.


April 15, 2015

Health Interventions Provide Long-Term Benefits To Children With Asthma

Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States, affecting nearly 1 in 11 children, costing the United States nearly $56 billion each year in 2007. 


April 09, 2015

Education, Workforce And Economic Growth Among Governors' Priorities

In their annual State of the State addresses, governors emphasized the importance of workforce and transportation investment, along with support for education funding and continued economic growth, according to a paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


April 07, 2015

NGA Applauds Introduction Of ESEA Reauthorization Bill

The National Governors Association applauds Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray for their introduction of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).


March 26, 2015

Nation's Governors Applaud House Of Representatives For Support Of CHIP

The nation’s governors applaud the House of Representatives for its continued support of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).


March 19, 2015

States Prepare For Future Federal Greenhouse Gas Rule

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Utah—to participate in a Policy Academy on Helping States Prepare for Federal Greenhouse Gas Rules in the Electric Power Sector.


March 19, 2015

Governors Encourage Army Commission To Work With States

Governors appreciate the appointment of members to the National Commission on the Future of the Army (Commission) and look forward to the Commission producing a fair and balanced report that recognizes the important roles played by all Army components—active, Guard and Reserve. 


February 26, 2015

NGA Expresses Disappointment With FCC Ruling

The nation’s governors are disappointed by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to preempt state authority regarding the deployment of certain broadband networks. 


February 24, 2015

Nation's Governors Welcome New Council Of Governors Appointments

The National Governors Association (NGA) welcomed the appointment of four new governors to the Council of Governors (Council): Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.


February 21, 2015

Governors Gather For 2015 NGA Winter Meeting

The nation’s governors convened in Washington, D.C., today for the 2015 National Governors Association Winter Meeting. During the meeting, governors will discuss issues affecting states and share best practices that lead to innovative solutions. 
Winter Meeting News | Video | Photos


February 10, 2015

NGA And NCSL Release Recommendations For ESEA Reauthorization

The National Governors Association (NGA), along with the National Conference of State Legislatures, today released Governors’ and State Legislators’ Plan to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a bipartisan path for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).


February 09, 2015

Nation's Governors To Convene In Washington For NGA Winter Meeting

The nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., February 20-23, for the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting to discuss priority issues affecting states and share innovative best practices to address some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.


February 04, 2015

First-Ever Summit Of North American Governors And Premiers To Be Held In October

The National Governors Association of the United States, the Council of the Federation of Canada and the National Conference of Governors of Mexico today announced the inaugural Summit of North American Governors and Premiers will be held October 30-31 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The summit will be attended by U.S. and Mexican governors and Canadian premiers.


January 13, 2015

States Look To Expand Pharmacists' Role In Health Care Delivery

Pharmacists’ roles are evolving beyond dispensing medication to providing direct care to patients as part of an integrated team of health care providers, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


January 06, 2015

National Governors Association Leadership Deliver State of the States Address

National Governors Association Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Vice Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert delivered the association’s third annual State of the States address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Address Videos, Photos & Full Text


December 22, 2014

Governors Working To Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency

States are pursuing various ways to help industrial companies improve the efficiency of their energy use, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


December 04, 2014

Governors Applaud House For Passage Of NDAA

The National Governors Association applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the National Defense Authorization Act.


December 03, 2014

Governors' Forum Highlights Responsible Development of Shale Energy Resources

States are at the center of the current shale energy boom and are actively pursuing ways to manage its development responsibly.


December 01, 2014

NGA Renews Call For Marketplace Fairness As Online Sellers Profit From Cyber Monday

As 130 million Americans make purchases online this Cyber Monday, the nation’s small businesses suffer, jobs are lost and states lose out on revenue owed them because of an unfair loophole in the law.


November 24, 2014

Governors Understand Importance Of Mass Evacuation

Governors should be prepared from the first day of their administration to manage a major disaster. 


November 15, 2014

Newly Elected Governors Join Veteran Governors For Seminar

Veteran governors welcomed governors-elect this weekend for the National Governors Association (NGA) Seminar for New Governors (SNG). The two-and-a-half-day biennial seminar brings together governors-elect fresh off the campaign trail and assists in the transition from running for office to governing their states.        Photos | Audio


November 11, 2014

NGA Highlights Top Priorities For Lame Duck

As the 113th Congress winds down, the National Governors Association (NGA) is prioritizing two key issues among many facing states: Marketplace Fairness and the Army National Guard.


October 28, 2014

Early Math Learning Key To Long-Term Success

Mathematics knowledge acquired in early childhood and early elementary grades is a critical foundation for long-term student success, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


October 27, 2014

Cybersecurity Workforce Key To Combating Threats

A well-trained, stable cybersecurity workforce is critical to protecting states from the growing number of sophisticated cyber attacks, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


September 22, 2014

States Utilize Physician Assistant Workforce

Physician assistants (PAs) play a broad and expanding role in the health care system, working in a variety of practice areas and settings because of their adaptably and lower cost, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


September 17, 2014

Governors To Concentrate On Medicaid Transformation

The National Governors Association today announced that Alabama, Nevada and Washington will participate in a year-long project to examine ways to spur changes in how states pay for Medicaid and other health care services.


September 10, 2014

New NGA Committee Leadership Selected

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the new leadership of NGA’s five standing committees for the 2014-2015 year.


September 03, 2014

Governors Select Iowa For 2016 Summer Meeting

The National Governors Association today announced that Iowa will host the nation’s governors for its 2016 Summer Meeting, July 14-17.


August 14, 2014

States Focus On Preparing Future Workforce To Strengthen Economy

To further governors’ efforts to align education and training systems to the needs of state economies, the National Governors Association today announced support for 14 states Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.


August 07, 2014

States To Concentrate On Juvenile Justice Reforms

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee to examine ways to improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.


July 28, 2014

States To Focus On Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse

As part of governors’ ongoing effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four additional states Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Wisconsin to participate in a policy academy on the topic.


July 15, 2014

Cybersecurity a Top Priority for Governors

The Council of Governors (Council) met last week during the National Governors Association (NGA) 2014 Summer Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. During the meeting, the Council, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved a joint action plan for cybersecurity.


July 15, 2014

NGA Statement Regarding State Internet Access Tax Moratorium

The National Governors Association today released the following statement regarding a House vote on the Internet access moratorium.


July 13, 2014

New NGA Chair Announces Yearlong Initiative

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper officially became the new chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) today at the closing session of the NGA Summer Meeting. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was named vice chair.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 13, 2014

NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the new leadership of its Executive Committee for the 2014-2015 year.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 12, 2014

NGA Chair Releases Final Initiative Report

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today released her initiative’s final report, An Action Guide for Governors, during the special session of NGA’s 2014 Summer Meeting.
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July 11, 2014

National Governors Association Gathers in Nashville

Governors joined together at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, today to kick off the National Governors Association’s (NGA) 106th Summer Meeting.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 01, 2014

States Train Workers In Emerging Sectors

Job seekers, employers and communities all benefited from workforce programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), according to a new report and companion paper released today by the National Governors Association.


June 30, 2014

States Increasingly Prioritize Global Trade, Investment

Economic growth and job creation top of every governor’s policy agenda. The economic success of states and the companies inside their borders increasingly is affected by how closely a state is tied to the global economy, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association.


June 25, 2014

Nation's Governors To Convene For Summer Meeting In Nashville, Tennessee

Governors from across the country will gather in Nashville, Tennessee, July 10-13, for the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting to discuss innovative work in states in several areas, including education, workforce, health care, veterans and jobs. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.


June 25, 2014

Governors Applaud Senate Passage Of WIOA, Ask House To Act

The nation’s governors applaud the Senate for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that promotes job creation, job retention and business expansion. NGA has long called on Congress to reauthorize the existing Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and restore the 15 percent WIA set-aside for governors to create jobs, spur economic growth and get people back to work.


June 24, 2014

NGA Welcomes New Division Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) today named Jennifer Brooks as director of the Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division of the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


June 23, 2014

Governors Release Principles For Perkins Reauthorization

As the federal government considers reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), the National Governors Association (NGA) today released principles to guide its work. The principles focus on governance, alignment and collaboration; leadership, flexibility and accountability; and funding, resources and data.


June 17, 2014

NGA Statement Regarding Internet Access Tax

The National Governors Association (NGA) is disappointed that the House Judiciary Committee is moving to make the Internet access tax moratorium permanent.


June 10, 2014

Governors Applaud New Water Infrastructure Law

Following today’s signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), the nation’s governors called the law a significant step forward in addressing the country’s water infrastructure needs.


May 12, 2014

States to Focus on Health Care Workforce

The National Governors Association today announced the selection of seven states—Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin—to develop and implement statewide plans for their health care workforce.


May 08, 2014

Governors Applaud House and Senate Action to Preserve Army National Guard

“The nation’s governors are encouraged by the House Armed Services Committee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act and its willingness to protect Army National Guard (ARNG) force structure and aircraft from damaging cuts."


April 24, 2014

States to Focus on Lead-By-Example Efforts in Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency

The National Governors Association  today announced the selection of six states—Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina and New York—to participate in a learning lab on Lead by Example efforts in state facilities.


April 03, 2014

Assessments Key Part of State Standards Implementation

The National Governors Association today released an issue brief examining states’ challenges and progress in creating and launching assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards.


March 31, 2014

Governors Play Key Role in Electric Power Grid Modernization

Governors play an important role in modernizing the electric power grid to ensure it continues to function reliably, safely and efficiently, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association.


March 28, 2014

NGA Chair Hosts Final Initiative Summit

National Governors Association Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin brought together state teams to discuss her yearlong effort, America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs.


March 13, 2014

Education, Workforce and Economic Growth Among Governors’ Priorities

Governors emphasized the importance of job creation, the budget, workforce development and education during their annual State of the State addresses, according to a report released by the National Governors Association.


March 12, 2014

National Governors Association Pushes for Marketplace Fairness

In advance of the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Exploring Alternative Solutions to the Internet Sales Tax Issue, the National Governors Association (NGA) today reiterated its call for the passage of Marketplace Fairness legislation.


February 28, 2014

Nation's Governors Send National Guard Letter to the President

During the NGA Winter Meeting, the nation’s governors met and talked with President Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel about preserving Army and Air National Guard personnel and equipment in order to meet state and federal needs while reducing costs.


February 24, 2014

Governors Release Health Care Sustainability Task Force Recommendations

The nation’s governors, in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, today delivered health care recommendations to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


February 24, 2014

National Governors Association Meets with President and Vice President

Governors attended a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden during the 2014 National Governors Associations Winter Meeting.


February 23, 2014

Prescription Drug Abuse Focus of Governors' Winter Meeting Session

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to help states reduce prescription drug abuse, findings from the Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy were the focus of the Health and Human Services Committee session at NGA’s 2014 Winter Meeting.
Winter Meeting News | Photos | Video


February 22, 2014

ESRI Recognized by Nation's Governors for Partnership with New Hampshire

The National Governors Association (NGA) honored Esri with its annual Public-Private Partnership Award today during the opening session of the 2014 NGA Winter Meeting.
Winter Meeting News | Photos | Video


February 22, 2014

Governors Gather for 2014 NGA Winter Meeting

Governors from across the nation convened in Washington, D.C., today for the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. The meeting provides governors an opportunity to discuss issues affecting states, share innovative solutions and look for ways to strengthen the state-federal partnership.
Winter Meeting News | Photos | Video


February 20, 2014

States to Focus on Correctional Information Sharing

As states work to adopt systems that effectively share correctional information, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee—to receive a grant to participate in the Cross Boundary Corrections Information Exchange Policy Academy.


February 12, 2014

Nation's Governors to Convene in Washington for NGA Winter Meeting

The nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., later this month during their annual Winter Meeting to discuss issues affecting states, share innovative solutions and look for ways to strengthen the state-federal partnership.


January 15, 2014

National Governors Association Leadership Deliver State of the States Address

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Vice Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered the association’s second annual State of the States address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
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January 14, 2014

National Governors Association Executive Committee Meets with President

National Governors Association Executive Committee members attended a meeting with President Obama to discuss flexible federalism.


January 13, 2014

NGA Chair Testifies on Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin testified before the United States House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee during a hearing on Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization.


January 06, 2014

States Work to Improve Access to Basic Oral Health Care

Basic oral health is an important determinant of overall health, yet access remains a challenge for many Americans.


November 14, 2013

Federal Tax Proposals Would Cut Jobs, Growth and Infrastructure in States

The National Governors Association (NGA) and The Council of State Governments (CSG) today released a study that found repealing federal tax provisions that most affect state and local budgets “would bring a net loss of approximately 417,000 jobs and $71 billion in real GDP” over the next 10 years.


November 12, 2013

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Welcomes New Deputy Director

The National Governors Association today named Elliot Schwartz as the deputy director of its NGA Center for Best Practices.


November 04, 2013

NGA Chair Hosts Initiative Summit in New Mexico

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin brought together state teams to discuss her yearlong effort, America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs.


October 30, 2013

States to Focus on Economic Development through Clean Energy

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Arizona, Minnesota, Mississippi and Puerto Rico—to participate in a Policy Academy on Targeting Clean Energy for Economic Development. 


October 24, 2013

Nation's Governors Applaud House Action on WRDA

NGA has long called for legislation that ensures long-term certainty and stability, implements direct communications with governors and modernizes water resource management.


October 23, 2013

NGA Chooses New Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the new leadership of NGA’s five standing committees for the 2013-2014 year.


October 22, 2013

NGA Chair Hosts First Summit in Connecticut

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, along with co-host Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, brought together state teams to discuss her year-long effort America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs.


October 21, 2013

States Continue to Lead on Advancing New Energy Policies

Governors continued to advance renewable energy, energy efficiency and other forms of clean energy during their 2013 state legislative sessions, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


October 10, 2013

More States to Focus on Improving Birth Outcomes

To improve birth outcomes in the United States, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of five states—Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey and Virginia—to participate in the final round of a Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes. 


October 03, 2013

States Selected to Receive Support for Common Core State Standards Implementation

The National Governors Association (NGA), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) today announced the selection of six states—Arizona, California, New Hampshire, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming—to participate in the Improving Student Learning at Scale Collaborative to support effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  


October 02, 2013

States Pave the Way for Veterans’ Employment

To assist states in easing veterans’ transition from military service to civilian life and meaningful employment, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of six states—Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin—to participate in the Veterans’ Licensing and Certification Demonstration Policy Academy. 


October 01, 2013

Getting Students Reading By Third Grade Key to America's, States’ Future

Improving early literacy is essential to increasing high school graduation rates allowing students to be successful in postsecondary education and ensuring the prosperity of all Americans, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


September 26, 2013

Governors Focus on State Cybersecurity and State-Federal Coordination

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to address cybersecurity, one of the most significant homeland security challenges facing the nation, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today briefed the Congress on governors’ efforts to protect citizens and our economy against cyber attacks.


September 25, 2013

Governors to Hold 2014 Biennial Seminar in Colorado

In 2014, 39 gubernatorial elections will be held with at least eight open seats as a result of term limits or incumbents who have decided not to run.


September 24, 2013

Governors Advancing Energy Efficiency

States have been essential to the progress the United States has made in using energy more efficiently, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


September 19, 2013

Governors Evaluate Postsecondary Institutions' Effectiveness and Efficiency

With the U.S. economy increasingly demanding a more educated workforce, states are looking to colleges and universities to more effectively and efficiently meet the demand for better educating citizens, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


September 18, 2013

National Governors Association Commends Release of Principles on State Sales Tax Collection

The National Governors Association applauds Chairman Goodlatte for his focus on this critical state-federal issue and for making it a priority of the committee.


September 17, 2013

New NGA Chair Headlines National Press Club Luncheon

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today addressed a sold-out luncheon at the National Press Club, where she discussed her yearlong effort, America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs.


September 10, 2013

Governors Select West Virginia for 2015 Summer Meeting

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that West Virginia will host the nation’s governors for its 2015 Summer Meeting, July 23-26.


September 09, 2013

Responsible Development of Shale Energy Reserves at Forefront of Governors Forum

Governors are at the center of the current shale energy boom and are actively pursuing ways to manage its development responsibly.


August 19, 2013

Governors Focus on Trends in Economic Development

Governors have updated their economic development strategies and launched new initiatives to further spur economic growth and provide high wage jobs, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


August 04, 2013

New NGA Chair Announces Yearlong Initiative

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin officially became chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) today during the closing session of the NGA Summer Meeting. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was named vice chair.


August 04, 2013

NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership

The new NGA Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and NGA Vice Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will lead the nine-member Executive Committee through which the association’s priorities and activities are determined.


August 02, 2013

National Governors Association Gathers in Milwaukee for Summer Meeting

Governors joined together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, today to kick off the National Governors Association’s (NGA) 105th Summer Meeting.


July 16, 2013

National Governors Association Expands Health Team

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the hiring of two senior level staff to expand the work and expertise of the NGA Center for Best Practices Health Division.


July 11, 2013

National Governors Association Names Health Advisory Board

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide governors and state policymakers with assistance and technical support on health care issues, the National Governors Association (NGA) has formed a State Health Policy Advisory Board.

 


July 09, 2013

States Focus on Reducing Health Costs While Improving Care

The National Governors Association today announced that seven states will participate in a collaborative effort to design and improve state-level health systems to ensure better provision of coordinated and targeted services for “super-utilizers.”


July 08, 2013

Nation's Governors to Convene for Summer Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Governors from across the country will gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 1-4, for the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting to discuss a variety of issues facing states.


June 19, 2013

State Leaders Call for Passage of Marketplace Fairness Legislation

Governors, legislators, congressional leaders, technology companies and small business owners joined together today to discuss the overwhelming benefits of Marketplace Fairness legislation, which supports the collection of taxes that are already owed, encourages competition and benefits consumers.


June 17, 2013

States Selected to Improve Early Learning Outcomes

To improve learning outcomes from early childhood through third grade, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced six states—Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada and Pennsylvania—to participate in a joint effort to improve early learning outcomes.


June 13, 2013

NGA, NASBO Say Slow Economic Recovery Hinders States' Fiscal Well-Being

After several years of slow recovery, states are beginning to see some fiscal relief.


June 04, 2013

Governors Play Role in Preparing Principals to be Leaders

Effective school leadership and access to high-quality early education are two of the most important determinants of educational outcomes, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


May 28, 2013

States to Improve Social Well-Being of Children in Foster Care

To improve the well-being of children in foster care in the United States, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of seven states—Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin—to participate in the Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being. 


May 23, 2013

More States to Focus on U.S. Birth Outcomes

To improve birth outcomes in the United States, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Hawaii, Indiana, New Mexico and West Virginia—to participate in the second round of a Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes.


May 22, 2013

NGA Chair Hosts Seattle Institute on Employing People with Disabilities

As part of Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s National Governors Association (NGA) Chair’s Initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities, the governor, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard are hosting an institute for state policymakers today and tomorrow. 


May 21, 2013

National Governors Association Names Health Care Sustainability Task Force

As lawmakers at both state and federal levels of government look for ways to improve the quality of health care and reduce the costs of public programs, governors are developing innovative Medicaid programs and must retain flexibility to implement these measures.


May 16, 2013

Governors Look to Reform Maternal and Child Health Services

States are actively pursuing reforms to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services provided to pregnant women and children, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


May 16, 2013

Education, Job Creation and Economic Development Top Governors' Agendas

Education, job creation and economic development were among the top issues discussed by governors during their annual State of the State addresses, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). Governors also highlighted health; public safety, with an emphasis on violence prevention; and state finances. 


May 09, 2013

NGA Chair Hosts Pittsburgh Institute on Employing People with Disabilities

As part of Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s National Governors Association (NGA) Chair’s Initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities, the governor and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett are co-hosting an institute for state policymakers today and tomorrow. 


May 08, 2013

NGA Releases Issue Brief on Energy Executive Orders

The National Governors Association (NGA) today released Using Executive Orders to Advance Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, an issue brief highlighting governors issued executive orders related to energy efficiency or renewable energy.


May 06, 2013

National Governors Association Praises Passage of Marketplace Fairness

The National Governors Association applauds the United States Senate for passing Marketplace Fairness, common-sense legislation that upholds the principles of federalism and levels the playing field between Main Street and e-street. 


May 02, 2013

Nation's Governors Encourage Passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2013

As Congress seeks to address the nation’s water infrastructure needs, the National Governors Association (NGA) today released Recommendations for Reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act. 


April 30, 2013

States Focus on Energy Development Policies

Governors continue to advance innovative policy approaches to further the use of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy resources, according to the 2012 update to the State Clean Energy Actions report, released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


April 25, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Does Not Violate Tax Pledge

"The Marketplace Fairness Act is common-sense legislation that is simply about the collection of sales and use taxes already owed.  The Americans for Tax Reform may not like this legislation, but they are not entitled to their own facts." 


April 04, 2013

States Drive Future of American Workforce

The ability of the American worker to adapt to technological innovation and worldwide competition is the key to economic security in the future, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


April 01, 2013

Delegation of U.S. Governors Head to China for Forum

A delegation of four state and territorial governors are headed to China next week to participate in the third U.S.-China Governors Forum (Forum).


March 26, 2013

State and Local Governments Focus on Pension Funding Policy

The “Big 7” state and local government associations and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) today released Pension Funding: A Guide for Elected Officials to provide key facts about public pension plans and a brief overview of which issues state and local officials should address. 


March 22, 2013

National Governors Association Congratulates Senate on Marketplace Fairness Vote

The National Governors Association congratulates the United States Senate for 75 votes on the Marketplace Fairness budget amendment.


March 13, 2013

Governors Release Federal Tax Reform Principles

In preparation for comprehensive federal tax reform in the 113th Congress, the nation’s governors today released Guiding Principles on Federal Tax Reform. 


February 27, 2013

Governors and DOD Achieve Milestone Agreement on Budget Consultative Process

Following the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, the Council of Governors (CoG) finalized a consultative process with the Department of Defense (DoD) to maintain an ongoing dialogue that will ensure governors’ priorities are better incorporated into the budget process in future years. 


February 23, 2013

Governors Convene for 2013 National Governors Association Winter Meeting

Governors from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.

 


February 23, 2013

Nation’s Governors Recognize Aramark for Exemplary Partnership with Indiana

The National Governors Association (NGA) honored ARAMARK Correctional Services with its annual Public-Private Partnership Award today during the opening session of the 2013 NGA Winter Meeting. 


February 23, 2013

News from the 2013 NGA Winter Meeting

Washington, D.C., February 22-25


February 14, 2013

National Governors Association Praises Introduction of Marketplace Bills

The National Governors Association is encouraged by the bicameral, bipartisan introduction of Marketplace Fairness legislation.


February 12, 2013

Nation's Governors to Convene in Washington for NGA Winter Meeting

A bipartisan group of the nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., February 22-25, for the 2013 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his Cabinet, business leaders and other experts for discussions about issues affecting states. 


February 04, 2013

NGA Welcomes New Physician-in-Residence

The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Dunlap has been named physician-in residence in the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division.  


January 28, 2013

Governors Offer Renewed Focus on Advanced Manufacturing

The competitiveness of U.S. businesses and their ability to hold and return manufacturing jobs to the United States will depend in part on success in advanced manufacturing, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).  


January 17, 2013

States Regulate Online Education

States play a significant role in online education, both as providers and as regulators, according to Regulating Online Postsecondary Education: State Issues and Options released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


January 16, 2013

Governors Develop Workforce Strategies

More than half the nation’s states are exploring or implementing sector strategies, making them the most consistently adopted approach to meeting businesses’ need for skilled workers and workers’ need for good jobs, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA), the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the National Skills Coalition.


January 09, 2013

National Governors Association Leadership Deliver State of the States Address

The governors focused on the current conditions and challenges faced by states and discussed the governors’ collective vision for 2013.


December 21, 2012

States to Focus on U.S. Birth Outcomes

To improve birth outcomes in the United States, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan—to participate in a Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes.  


December 20, 2012

Nurse Practitioners Have Potential to Improve Access to Primary Care

One way states could increase access to primary care for their residents is to consider easing their scope of practice restrictions and modifying their reimbursement policies to increase the role of nurse practitioners in providing primary care, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


December 19, 2012

NGA Responds to Defense Authorization Conference Report

The conference report released yesterday made significant improvements from the Air Force’s earlier proposals, which would have disproportionately cut the Air National Guard. While the Armed Services committees did not adopt a full freeze for 2013, we appreciate the adjustments made to address some of governors’ concerns about manpower, mobility aircraft and fighter aircraft.


December 18, 2012

States Look to Coordinate Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness Efforts

Governors can play an active role in improving how state and local agencies work together to produce useful homeland security and public health information during a disaster, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association. 


December 14, 2012

NGA, NASBO Say States Concerned About Uncertainty As They Slowly Emerge From Recession

Lingering effects of the recent recession and the uncertainty surrounding proposals to reduce federal debt and cuts in federal funds flowing to states are still hampering state budgets, according to the The Fiscal Survey of States, released today by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).


December 04, 2012

National Governors Association Executive Committee Meets With President Obama

We are grateful for the opportunity to meet with the President to discuss the fiscal cliff and its implications for states. States and the federal government have important responsibilities and obligations to our citizens. While each governor has a unique set of circumstances in his or her state, all of us feel it is important to find solutions that will put our country back on firm, financial footing. 


November 17, 2012

Newly Elected Governors Join Veteran Governors For Seminar

Veteran governors welcomed governors-elect this weekend for an executive-style retreat to help them prepare for service as state chief executives during the National Governors Association (NGA) Seminar for New Governors.
Photos | Press Conference Audio


October 25, 2012

Governors Look For Ways to Curb Health Costs for State Employees

With continued strains on state budgets, governors are finding innovative ways to do more with less across state government. 


October 16, 2012

NGA Launches Virtual Health Resource Center

The National Governors Association (NGA) today unveiled a new website, State Health Policy Options. 


October 10, 2012

Command and Control of National Guard

Governors serve as commanders-in-chief of their state’s National Guard forces, the only military force that a governor can call upon to respond to disasters and other emergencies. This paper highlights the success of the nation’s governors in codifying Dual Status Command, which ensures coordination between state and federal military forces during disaster response.


October 03, 2012

Governors Work to Implement the Common Core State Standards

Governors play a critical role in ensuring teachers and principals are prepared to support students in meeting the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 English language arts/literacy and mathematics, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association. 


October 02, 2012

Governors O’Malley and Snyder to Lead NGA Resource Center on Cybersecurity

In an effort to address the challenges presented by the growth of cyber attacks and threats against the United States, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the creation of the Resource Center for State Cybersecurity (Resource Center) to be led by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. 


October 01, 2012

“Big Seven” Focus on Pension Funding Policy

The executive directors of the Big Seven state and local associations today released draft “Pension Funding Policy Guidelines” for state and local governments. 


October 01, 2012

Governors Work to Align Early Learning and K-12 Reforms

To increase student achievement, more states are pursuing reforms in both early care and education (ECE) programs and K-12, according to Governor’s Role in Aligning Early Education and K-12 Reforms: Challenges, Opportunities, and Benefits for Children, a new white paper released today by the National Governors Association. 


September 13, 2012

States Focus on Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and the nation’s governors play a critical role in developing and implementing a coordinated and effective response.  


September 12, 2012

States Finding New Ways to Organize Economic Development Agencies

Current economic realities provide governors a unique opportunity to review their states’ economic landscapes and propose critical changes to consolidate and streamline their approaches to economic development, according to an issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).  


September 06, 2012

NGA Chooses New Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the new leadership of NGA’s four standing committees for the 2012-2013 year.  


September 04, 2012

NGA to Work with Four States on Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency

The United States industrial sector accounts for about one-third of the nation’s energy use, and governors are looking for ways to improve its energy efficiency and enhance economic development. 


August 20, 2012

Governors: Firstnet Board Appointments a Critical First Step

The nation’s governors appreciate the FirstNet board appointments made today by the Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); however, governors are disappointed by the failure to provide states with adequate and appropriate representation by current state officials.  


August 13, 2012

Governors Select Tennessee for 2014 Annual Meeting

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that Nashville, Tennessee, will host the nation’s governors for its 2014 Annual Meeting, July 10-13.  


August 06, 2012

States to Focus on the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Maryland, Missouri and Nevada—to receive assistance in mapping and executing the postsecondary implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  


July 30, 2012

Governors Looking for New Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources

Governors are advancing several new state policy innovations to reduce energy consumption and increase the amount of energy produced from renewable sources, such as the wind or the sun, according to an issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). 


July 24, 2012

NGA Testifies on Marketplace Fairness

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary supporting legislation that allows states to collect and remit state sales taxes from online companies that do not have a physical presence in the state.


July 19, 2012

NGA Applauds House Move to Restore WIA Set-aside Funding

The National Governors Association applauds the House Appropriations Subcommittee for restoring the 15 percent Workforce Investment Act (WIA) set-aside funding for statewide employment and training programs.  


July 15, 2012

NGA Chooses New Executive Committee Leadership

The new NGA Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will lead the nine-member Executive Committee through which the association’s priorities and activities are determined.


July 15, 2012

New NGA Chair Announces Year-long Initiative

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell officially became chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) today during the closing session of the NGA Annual Meeting.
Annual Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 13, 2012

Governors Kick Off Annual Meeting with Focus on Job Creation and Economic Development

As governors gathered today in Williamsburg, Virginia, job creation and economic growth remained at the forefront of their agendas. 
Annual Meeting News | Photos | Video


June 29, 2012

Governors Applaud Congressional Action to Reauthorize Surface Transportation

The nation’s governors congratulate Congress for reaching a deal on the surface transportation bill and look forward to its final passage.


June 28, 2012

National Governors Association Hosts D Block Meeting; Releases Two Papers

To help states with the implementation of the nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety communications, the National Governors Association (NGA) today hosted a forum, “Preparing for Public Safety Broadband.”


June 26, 2012

Nation's Governors to Convene for 104th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia

Governors from across the country will gather in Williamsburg, Virginia, July 12-15, for the 104th Annual Meeting of the National Governors Association to discuss important issues facing states. NGA promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices among governors and speaks with a collective voice on national policy.


June 12, 2012

NGA, NASBO Say Medicaid Costs Growing, Fiscal Recovery Slow

States will continue to face significant fiscal challenges with Medicaid continuing to outpace overall general fund expenditures.  


May 25, 2012

Governors Praise Senate Action to Preserve Air National Guard

The National Governors Association issued a statement regarding the Senate Armed Services Committee’s passage of the Defense Authorization bill.


May 11, 2012

NGA Encourages Transportation Reauthorization

NGA sends letter encouraging the newly named conferees negotiating a surface transportation reauthorization to authorize a bill that meets the needs of states and provides the level of federal policy and funding predictability and stability states need to invest wisely in our surface transportation infrastructure.


May 10, 2012

Governors Praise House Action to Preserve Air National Guard

The nation’s governors are encouraged by the House Armed Services Committee’s work to protect the Air National Guard from disproportionate and damaging reductions.


May 02, 2012

NGA to Work with Four Selected States on Effective Education Spending

State revenues remain constrained by the 2008 recession, resulting in generally flat education expenditures at a time of increasing student performance expectations.


April 30, 2012

Three States to Focus on Flexibility in Awarding Credit

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New Hampshire—to receive grant funds and technical assistance to develop policies that increase the options for students to earn high school credits toward graduation.


April 30, 2012

Governors Look to Arts, Culture and Design to Boost Economic Growth

With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly finding innovative ways to support economic growth, according to a new report out today from the National Governors Association (NGA).


April 27, 2012

NGA Takes Guard Fight to the Hill

The National Governors Association (NGA) signaled today that it will now work with Congress to address their concerns with the Air Force’s budget request.


April 26, 2012

NGA Testifies & Releases Principles on Homeland Security Grant Reform

James Davis, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, testified on behalf of the National Governors Association (NGA) before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications during the hearing titled “Ensuring the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Transparency of Homeland Security Grants (Part II): Stakeholder Perspectives.”


April 25, 2012

NGA Submits Testimony on Tax Reform

The National Governors Association (NGA) submitted testimony to the Senate Finance Committee for the hearing titled “Tax Reform: What It Means for State and Local Tax and Fiscal Policy.” 


April 24, 2012

NGA Opposes DATA Act Legislation

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the establishment of an independent agency in the executive branch to improve transparency in federal spending and coordinate investigations to prevent fraud:


April 24, 2012

Privacy Policies for State Justice Information Systems Explored

To help governors address the balance of justice agencies’ need for information with individuals’ privacy rights, the National Governors Association (NGA) today released an issue brief highlighting actions states have taken to create and implement privacy policies within their justice information sharing systems.


April 11, 2012

Job Creation, Education Top Governors’ Priorities for 2012

Job creation and education were among the top issues discussed by governors during their annual state of the state addresses, according to a summary released today by the National Governors Association (NGA). Governors also focused on health and human services, public safety and energy and the environment.


April 05, 2012

National Governors Association Announces D block Implementation Meeting

The recent passage of legislation to reallocate a portion of the spectrum (D block) to create a nationwide communications network for first responders is a cornerstone of making the nation’s first interoperable public safety broadband network a reality.


March 29, 2012

NGA Brief Highlights Advantages of Informal Science

While the United States remains the world hub of science and technology capacity, its dominance is being challenged by the fast growth of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent in Asia and other parts of the developing world, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association.


March 28, 2012

Governors to Hold Biennial Seminar in California

To assist new governors in their transition from campaigning to governing, the National Governors Association (NGA) will again hold a Seminar for New Governors (SNG). There are 13 gubernatorial elections this year with six open seats.


March 27, 2012

Governors Bentley and Hickenlooper to Lead NGA Prescription Drug Abuse Project

The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and is the most common type of drug abuse after marijuana use among teens between the ages of 12 and 17.


March 22, 2012

NGA Urges Passage of Surface Transportation Extension

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the pending expiration of current federal programs for highways and transit:


March 07, 2012

Governors Look to Information Technology for Cost Saving Measures

The nation’s governors are looking to improve the use of information technology (IT) to help address challenges their states are facing, according to an issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


March 06, 2012

Governors Oppose Air Force National Guard Cuts

The National Governors Association issued the following statement regarding the personnel cuts announced today by the U.S. Air Force.


February 28, 2012

Governors Oppose Air Force National Guard Cuts

In Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, 49 governors sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta highlighting the value of the National Guard and opposing the disproportionate cuts facing the Air National Guard as part of the U.S. Air Force’s fiscal 2013 budget request. 


February 26, 2012

Governors Emphasize Childhood Hunger

The nation’s governors examined the issue of childhood hunger during today’s Education, Early Childhood and Workforce Committee session at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.
Winter Meeting ECW Committee Videos


February 26, 2012

Health Care Cost Containment a Topic at Governors’ Meeting

Governors focused on innovative strategies to improve the nation’s road to wellness, enhance the delivery and efficiency of health care services and increase the long-term sustainability of the nation’s health care system during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.
Winter Meeting HHS Committee Videos


February 26, 2012

National Guard Discussed at Governors' Meeting

The nation’s governors examined “The Changing Role of the National Guard” during the Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety session today at the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.
Winter Meeting HSPS Special Committee Videos


February 26, 2012

Governors Look to Enhance Opportunities in the Energy Sector

The nation’s governors explored options for economic development through the energy sector today at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting. The discussion, titled “The World’s Energy Future,” was held during the Natural Resources Committee session.
Winter Meeting NR Committee Videos


February 25, 2012

Governors Gather for NGA’s 2012 Winter Meeting

Governors from across the country gather this weekend in Washington, D.C., for the 2012 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.

Winter Meeting News | Photos | Video


February 25, 2012

Governors Focus on Job Creation and Economic Growth at Winter Meeting

To complement NGA Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s year-long initiative, Growing State Economies, the nation’s governors today discussed strategies to advance job creation, innovation and economic growth.

Winter Meeting EDC Committee Videos


February 25, 2012

Nation's Governors Recognize HP and IBM for Exemplary Partnerships with States

The National Governors Association (NGA) honored Hewlett-Packard Company and IBM Corporation with its annual Public-Private Partnership Award today during the opening session of the 2012 NGA Winter Meeting.


February 17, 2012

NGA Praises Passage of The Reallocation of D Block

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding House and Senate approval of legislation to reallocate the D block of spectrum to public safety.


February 16, 2012

Nation’s Governors to Convene in Washington for NGA Winter Meeting

A bipartisan group of the nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., February 24-27, for the 2012 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his Cabinet, business leaders and other experts for discussions about a variety of issues affecting states.


February 15, 2012

NGA Brief Helps States Realize Promise of Data Guided Education Policy

In fewer than 10 years, states and districts have taken bold steps to build and improve systems that collect data about students, staffing and expenditures, but the data do not often provide adequate information to guide policy and practice, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


February 06, 2012

State and Local Governance Coalition Push for Long-Term Fix and Reauthorization Of ESEA

Five state and local government groups today urged Congress to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and enact legislation that would reframe the federal-state-local partnership before the next school year begins.


February 02, 2012

New Issue Brief Outlines State Strategies for Awarding Credits Based on Student Learning

Awarding credits based on student mastery of content and skills can remove barriers to increasing student readiness for college and careers, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association.


February 01, 2012

Governors’ Actions Moving States Toward a Cleaner Energy Future

During 2011, states and territories continued to support the development and deployment of clean energy technologies according to a National Governors Association (NGA) report, Clean State Energy Actions, released today.


January 30, 2012

States Have Opportunity to Reinvent Accountability Systems

States have a unique opportunity to build new, innovative K-12 education systems of accountability that are focused on preparing students for college and careers, according a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


January 30, 2012

States Finding New Ways to Accelerate Transmission Development

The nation’s governors are advancing new ways to develop transmission that will bring more renewable energy into the market and support businesses in their states, according to an issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


January 27, 2012

National Governors Association Hires Education Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) today named Richard Laine as Director of the Education Division for the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). 


January 24, 2012

“Big Seven” Associations Announce State and Local Legal Center Executive Director

The executive directors of the Big Seven state and local associations are pleased to announce Lisa Soronen as the new executive director of the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC).


January 19, 2012

NGA Announces Assistance to Five States

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the states selected for a policy academy, Next Generation Justice Information Sharing, aimed at helping states improve their capabilities to share justice information.  


January 10, 2012

NGA Statement on Cecilia Muñoz

National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Director Dan Crippen today issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Cecilia Muñoz as the Director of The White House Domestic Policy Council.


December 21, 2011

States Look for New Models of Teacher Compensation

The National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a policy academy focusing on that issue and today released an issue brief, New Models of Teacher Compensation: Lessons Learned from Six States.


December 20, 2011

Four States Selected to Participate in Learning Collaborative

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced four states—Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon and Pennsylvania—have been selected to participate in the Learning Collaborative on Integrating Chronic Disease Prevention Services with the Health Care Delivery System.  


December 19, 2011

Stem Education Key to Innovation and Economic Growth

The National Governors Association (NGA) today released a guide, Building A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Agenda, focused on strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. 


December 15, 2011

Governors Praise House and Senate Movement of Defense Act

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the passage of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act.


December 02, 2011

Governors Praise Passage of Defense Bill, Say Top Priorities Addressed

The nation’s governors today applauded the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012. The legislation includes two top priorities for governors: codifying the role of a Dual Status Commander during an emergency response to a natural disaster and giving the National Guard a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


December 01, 2011

Governors Praise Subcommittee Reallocation of D Block

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s mark-up of legislation to reallocate the D block to public safety


November 30, 2011

Governors Applaud Bipartisan Committee Efforts to Reallocate D Block

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s mark-up of legislation to reallocate the D block to public safety.


November 29, 2011

NGA, NASBO Say States Facing ‘Big Squeeze’ According to Latest Fiscal Survey

While the overall fiscal condition of states has improved from the depths of the recession, the Fall 2011 Fiscal Survey of States, released today by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), shows that states are facing a ‘big squeeze’ from both local and federal governments. 


November 22, 2011

Governors Applaud Senate Acceptance of Council of Governors’ Legislative Proposal

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the amendment offered by Senators Levin, Webb, Graham and Leahy to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2012 (S.1867)


November 16, 2011

Six States Selected to Participate in Technical Assistance for Health Insurance Exchange

The National Governors Association announced six states — Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, Utah and Washington — have been selected to participate in individual state-based retreats customized to address each state’s unique circumstances.


November 03, 2011

Four States and Territories Selected to Redesign Teacher Evaluation Systems

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced four states and territories – Colorado, Guam, Nevada and North Carolina have been selected to participate in the State Strategies to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness Policy Academy.


November 01, 2011

Governors Play Role in Preparing Principals to Conduct Teacher Evaluations

During the past few years, more than 30 states have enacted legislation to change the way teachers are evaluated, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


October 27, 2011

States Seek New Sentencing and Corrections Practices as Costs Rise

States are reforming sentencing and corrections practices in an attempt to reduce costs as they continue to face a difficult fiscal climate. State Efforts in Sentencing and Corrections Reform, a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA), outlines effective strategies states can use to reduce spending while maintaining or improving public safety.  


October 24, 2011

NGA Releases Implementation Guide for Common Core State Standards

The National Governors Association released a report, Realizing the Potential: How Governors Can Lead Effective Implementation of the Common Core State Standards, to provide governors and other state policymakers with guidance to transition their school systems to the standards.


October 17, 2011

Six States Selected to Participate in NGA Policy Academy to Improve Performance Measures for Higher Education

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced six states – Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada and Utah – selected to participate in a Policy Academy on strengthening postsecondary accountability systems.


October 12, 2011

Delegation of U.S. Governors Head to China for Second Governors Forum

A delegation of six state and territorial governors are headed to Beijing, China, next week to participate in the second U.S.-China Governors Forum.


October 06, 2011

Seven States Selected to Develop Economic Strategies Focused on the Growth of Advanced Manufacturing Industries

Spurring innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that encourage the growth of advanced manufacturing industries is critical to a state’s economic development. 


August 30, 2011

Wisconsin Chosen to Host 2013 National Governors Association Annual Meeting

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will host the nation’s governors for its 2013 Annual Meeting, Aug. 2-4. This will mark the second time NGA has held its Annual Meeting in the state since 1914.


August 29, 2011

National Governors Association Announces New Director of the Center for Best Practices

NGA named David H. Moore as the director of its NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


August 25, 2011

National Governors Association Announces New Director of Administration and Finance

NGA named William J. Gainer as Director of Administration and Finance.  


August 18, 2011

Four State Leadership Teams Receive $50,000 Grants to Expand Learning Opportunities

Teams of state legislators, state education officials, governors' policy advisors and statewide afterschool network directors in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington each received $50,000 competitive grants to support student success by effectively integrating expanded learning opportunities into state education systems. The grants are awarded through the Supporting Student Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities initiative, sponsored by the C.S. Mott Foundation.


August 18, 2011

Governors Applaud Plan to Coordinate State And Federal Military Responses During Emergencies

The nation’s governors applaud the historic work of the Council of Governors (CoG) in addressing long-standing concerns regarding disaster response across the country and encouraged Congress in a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include legislation in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 


August 09, 2011

NGA Chooses New Committee Leadership

NGA announced the new leadership of NGA's four standing committees and one special committee for the 2011-2012 year. 


July 25, 2011

NGA Chooses New Executive Leadership

New NGA Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and NGA Vice Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell will lead NGA’s Executive Committee. Other members include: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire .


July 21, 2011

NGA Welcomes New Health Division Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that Krista Drobac has been named director of the Health Division in the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


July 20, 2011

Community Colleges to Fill Rising Demand for Stem-Skilled Workers

At least 8 million of the jobs available to college graduates in 2018 will be in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. Even though nearly all sectors where job growth is occurring require a variety of STEM skills, efforts to build a STEM-skilled workforce currently fall short, according to a new issue brief released today by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


July 17, 2011

Economic Initiative Announced by New NGA Chair

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman officially became chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) today during the closing plenary session of the NGA Annual Meeting. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell was named vice chair. Gov. Heineman announced his chair’s initiative, Growing State Economies, which will provide governors and other state policymakers with a set of policy options that have been shown to foster job growth.


July 16, 2011

Trade and Investment Key to Domestic Economic Growth and Job Creation

The nation's governors engaged in a lively discussion on the role of international trade and investment in their state’s economic development strategy to foster economic growth and job creation during the special Economic Development and Commerce Committee plenary session at the NGA Annual Meeting.


July 16, 2011

Governors Focus on Opportunities in the Energy Sector

Governors examined ways to enhance their state’s prosperity by pursuing economic development opportunities in the energy sector, during the NGA Annual Meeting.


July 16, 2011

Health Insurance Exchanges Focus of Governors Session

Governors discussed options for the implementation and establishment of health insurance exchanges during the NGA Annual Meeting.


July 16, 2011

Higher Education Key to Economic Competitiveness

Governors engaged in a conversation about effective state strategies to improve the productivity and quality of the nation’s higher education system during the NGA Annual Meeting.


July 16, 2011

Governors Examine Emergency Preparedness

Governors discussed the protection of the country’s borders and community resiliency, two aspects of emergency preparedness, during the NGA Annual Meeting.


July 15, 2011

NGA Kicks off 103rd Annual Meeting in Utah

The nation's governors gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss a host of issues affecting states and the nation, including jobs, education and tough fiscal conditions. NGA Chair Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, NGA Vice Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert welcomed a bipartisan group of their colleagues for the association's 103rd Annual Meeting.


July 15, 2011

Innovation and Economic Growth are Focus of NGA Annual Meeting Opening Session

The 2011 NGA Annual Meeting opened with a plenary session dedicated to the vital role universities play in nurturing innovation and economic growth through collaboration and engagement with the private sector.
 


July 12, 2011

NGA Center Releases Strategies to Reengage High School Dropouts

At a time when educational attainment beyond high school is increasingly  viewed as a necessary step toward employment, more than one million youth age 16 to 19 are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma, according to a new issue brief released by the NGA Center.


July 06, 2011

National Governors Association Relaunches Website

NGA unveiled major renovations to its website, www.nga.org. The updated and improved site features a revamped navigation system, a new look and feel and an improved search function. The content has also been refined and streamlined.


June 29, 2011

Nation's Governors to Hold 103rd Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah

Governors from across the country will gather July 15-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss state's role in supporting education, fostering innovation and increasing competitiveness during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).


June 02, 2011

NGA, NASBO Say States Recovering, Not Recovered

State budgets are recovering, but have not returned to pre-recession levels of 2008, according to the biannual report, The Fiscal Survey of States, released today by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). As the federal government tries to get its fiscal house back in order, Washington might look to the states for lessons in good fiscal stewardship.


May 05, 2011

NGA Announces IDEA Leads

NGA announced three leads to serve on behalf of all the nation's governors to bring forth policy recommendations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


April 26, 2011

School Principals Crucial to Student Outcomes

Effective principals improve the retention of our best teachers and the outcomes of students, according to a new issue brief released today by the NGA Center.


April 20, 2011

National Governors Association Announces Two New Hires

(NGA named Barry Anderson as deputy director and Steven M. Lieberman as deputy director for policy and data analysis.


April 14, 2011

NGA, NCSL, NACO, NLC Release Guiding Principles on Surface Transportation

State and local officials believe that any new national vision for surface transportation requires a strong partnership among all levels of government and should follow guiding principles released jointly by the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC).


March 24, 2011

NGA Center Releases Strategies to Fix Failing Schools and Districts

At least 5,000 public schools, serving more than 3 million children, are considered failing in the United States because they have failed to meet their academic achievement targets for at least five consecutive years. A new issue brief released by the NGA Center offers states ideas to fix failing schools and districts.


March 23, 2011

Governors Link Success of Universities and Colleges to Needs of Marketplace

Governors and state policymakers have come to realize that higher education, including community colleges, four-year colleges and research universities, cannot help drive economic growth in their states unless students’ academic training is linked to the needs of the marketplace, according to a report released by the NGA Center.


March 09, 2011

Nation's Governors Welcome New Council of Governors Appointments

The nation's governors welcome the appointment of three governors to the Council of Governors: Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (co-chair); and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. These appointments replace governors who left office at the end of 2010.


March 08, 2011

States Look to Coordinate Home Visiting Programs

As states continue to redesign and streamline state programs to make them more effective, a new issue brief from the NGA Center offers states some suggestions on how to better coordinate and integrate home visitation programs to improve early childhood initiatives.


March 04, 2011

Governors Praise Extension of REAL ID Compliance Deadline

The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued a statement regarding the extension of the REAL ID regulations.


February 28, 2011

Governors Emphasize the Importance of Education for Economic Competitiveness

The NGA 2011 Winter Meeting concluded with a closing plenary session highlighting the importance of increasing college attainment rates for economic competitiveness as part of NGA Chair Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s initiative, Complete to Compete.


February 28, 2011

Nation's Governors Recognize Walmart for Outstanding Efforts to End Child Hunger

NGA honored Walmart Stores, Inc., with its annual Public-Private Partnership Award at the closing plenary session of the 2011 NGA Winter Meeting. The award, in its fifth year, recognizes NGA Corporate Fellow companies that have partnered with a governor’s office to implement a program or project that positively affects the state’s citizens.


February 27, 2011

The State of Public Finance Dominates Governors' Discussion

Governors gathered today during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting to discuss the state of public finance, a topic that has sparked a national conversation following alarmist speculation that many state and local governments are on the brink of bankruptcy.


February 27, 2011

Governors Seek to Identify Obstacles, Strengthen Partnership in Developing Domestic Resources

Governors discussed the federal-state partnership and how it impacts the responsible development of domestic resources, including biofuels, during the NGA Winter Meeting.


February 27, 2011

Governors Examine Cyber Security to Protect Electronic Systems and Computer Networks

Governors examined the various threats facing state governments in cyber space, the potential ramifications of these threats and steps governors can take to better protect their computer networks and electronic systems today during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.


February 26, 2011

Governors Kick Off NGA's 2011 Winter Meeting

Governors from across the nation gather this weekend to address critical issues, including state fiscal conditions, job creation, health care and education during the National Governors Association (NGA) 2011 Winter Meeting. Governors will also meet with President Obama, members of the Administration, members of Congress, business leaders and industry experts for discussions on a range of issues and challenges facing states.


February 26, 2011

Governors Think Globally to Improve Education

Using other high-performing countries as a guide, the nation’s governors discussed concrete action steps that governors can take to improve education in their states today during the NGA Winter Meeting.


February 16, 2011

Nation's Governors Set to Convene in Washington for NGA Winter Meeting

Nearly 50 governors from the U.S. states, commonwealths and territories will gather in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26-28, for the 2011 NGA Winter Meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his Cabinet, Congressional leaders, academic leaders, business executives and other experts for discussions about a variety of issues and challenges facing states.


February 07, 2011

Tough Budget Choices, Smaller Government and Job Creation Top Governors' Priorities in 2011

As governors deliver their 2011 State of the State addresses, they continue to face fiscal stress and high unemployment, according to a new issue brief released by the NGA Center.


January 31, 2011

NGA Center Report Provides Guidance for States on Clean Energy Financing Programs

As states look for ways to increase the use of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy resources, high initial costs remain a barrier to achieving the longer-term energy, environmental and economic benefits of clean energy programs.


January 25, 2011

NGA Statement Regarding Bankruptcy Proposals for States

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, National Governors Association Chair and Vice Chair, issued the following: “The nation's governors strongly oppose federal proposals to provide states with bankruptcy protection."


January 24, 2011

States Call on Federal Government to Work Together to Reduce Deficits

NGA sent a letter to Congress calling on the federal government to work cooperatively with states to reduce deficits, restore fiscal discipline and promote economic growth and long-term prosperity.


December 21, 2010

Update: 48 States on Track to Report High School Graduation Rates Using Common Formula by 2011

An update from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) shows that more than half of all states are now publicly reporting, or will have reported by the end of 2010, their high school graduation rates based on a common formula. The report, Implementing Graduation Counts: State Progress to Date, 2010, also indicates that 48 states are on track to report using this formula for the cohort graduating in 2011.


December 08, 2010

States Can Achieve Better Outcomes, Lower Costs by Supporting Youth in Transition Out of Foster Care

The NGA Center released a new report, The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care, which provides states with strategies for supporting foster youth as they age out of the foster care system and transition to adulthood.


December 07, 2010

National Groups Co-Host Briefing on 2009 PISA Results: World-Class Education for Global Competitiveness

The results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), showing that 15-year-old students in the United States continue to rank at average or below average in international comparisons of reading, math, and science.


December 02, 2010

Executive Director Announces Intention to Leave NGA, Takes Position with UVA

The National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Director Raymond Scheppach today announced that he has notified the NGA Executive Committee that he will leave his position early next year.


December 01, 2010

NGA, NASBO Say Fiscal 2011 Will Be Another Difficult Year for States

For 29 new governors coming into office, fiscal conditions will remain a major challenge, according to the biannual report The Fiscal Survey of States, released today by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).


November 20, 2010

Veteran Governors Welcome Newly Elected Governors for Bipartisan Meeting

Newly elected governors from 16 states joined 14 veteran governors for an executive-style retreat to prepare for service as state chief executives during the NGA Seminar for New Governors.


November 17, 2010

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Elected Chair of National Governors Association

NGA announced that Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has been selected by her peers to take on the role of NGA Chair. Gov. Gregoire also announced that she will continue the 2010-2011 NGA Chair's Initiative, Complete to Compete, which focuses on increasing the number of students in the United States who complete college degrees and certificates and improving the productivity of the country’s higher education institutions.


November 12, 2010

NGA Center Announces STEM Advisory Committee

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced that it has formed a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Committee to inform its work in this area and help the 29 new governors, as well as incumbents, develop comprehensive STEM agendas in their states.


November 09, 2010

State Medicaid Directors to Affiliate with NGA

NGA announced that the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), an executive branch organization, has taken steps to become an independent affiliate of NGA.


November 08, 2010

NGA Center Releases Comprehensive Guide for Establishing and Managing State Homeland Security Operations

To guide the large incoming class of newly elected governors, as well as incumbent governors, in the critical task of providing homeland security in their states, the NGA Center released a new report, A Governor's Guide to Homeland Security.


November 04, 2010

NGA Center Releases State Strategies for Training Workers for Clean Energy Jobs

To help states train and retrain workers for current and emerging jobs in the clean energy field, the NGA Center released a new issue brief, Enhancing State Clean Energy Workforce Training to Meet Demand, which provides state strategies for bolstering a clean energy workforce.


October 27, 2010

NGA Center Report Provides Guidance to Governors for Building High-Quality Early Childhood Systems

To aid governors and states as they work to create comprehensive, high-quality early childhood systems that adequately prepare children age birth to five for success in school and later life, the NGA Center released a new report, Building Ready States: A Governor's Guide to Supporting a Comprehensive, High-Quality Early Childhood State Systems.


October 19, 2010

NGA and CCSSO Comment On CCSSI Governance Suggestions

The NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) commented on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) governance suggestions released by the Fordham Institute.


October 18, 2010

Governors and States Redesign, Streamline Government

As the nation stands poised to elect one of the largest classes of new governors, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has conducted an analysis, State Government Redesign Efforts 2009 and 2010, of state actions to streamline and downsize government to meet the new economic reality facing states.


September 28, 2010

NGA Center Embarks on Public-Private Partnership to Improve STEM Education

The NGA Center kicked off a public-private partnership with states and Innovate+Educate, an alliance of corporations committed to education, to improve Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education through the sharing of best practices and leveraging industry investments.


September 20, 2010

NGA Announces Complete to Compete Advisory Group

National Higher Education and Business Leaders to Lend Expertise in Improving College Completion and Productivity


September 08, 2010

State Actions Helping Move Nation Toward a Clean Energy Future

Over the past two years, states have continued to lead the nation on a path to a cleaner and more secure energy future – especially in the areas of energy efficiency and clean electricity – according to a new report released today by the NGA Center, Clean and Secure State Energy Actions: 2010 Update.


August 11, 2010

2012 National Governors Association Annual Meeting to be Held in Virginia

NGA announced that Williamsburg, Virginia, will host the nation's governors for its 2012 Annual Meeting, July 13-15.


August 05, 2010

New NGA Center Brief Provides Guidance for States to Prepare All Students for College and Careers

Knowing that a college education and career training have become necessary for success in the global economy, states have led the charge to increase expectations for students; yet, a remaining challenge for states is creating clear and measurable education goals.


August 03, 2010

States to Standardize Justice Information Sharing Systems, Improve Access to Time-Sensitive Records

Standardizing justice information sharing systems enables state agencies to have immediate access to arrest warrants, protective orders and other time-sensitive criminal justice decisions and actions necessary to keep the public safe.


July 11, 2010

NGA Chooses New Executive, Standing, Special Committee Leaders

NGA announced its new Executive Committee members and the leadership of NGA's four standing committees and one special committee for the 2010-2011 year.


July 11, 2010

New NGA Chair Unveils College Completion Initiative

The 2010 NGA Annual Meeting opened today with a plenary session dedicated to achieving a sustainable health care system.


July 09, 2010

NGA Kicks Off 102nd Annual Meeting in Massachusetts

At the State House in America's Walking City, NGA Chair Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, NGA Vice Chair West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and host Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick welcomed the nation's governors to the association's 102nd Annual Meeting.


July 09, 2010

Achieving a Sustainable Health Care System is Focus of NGA Annual Meeting Opening Session

The 2010 NGA Annual Meeting opened today with a plenary session dedicated to achieving a sustainable health care system.


June 29, 2010

Governors to Discuss Interoperable Communications and Information Sharing at Annual Meeting

The nation’s governors will focus on the future of a nationwide interoperable communications network for public safety and the role of fusion centers in facilitating information sharing among federal, state and local officials during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 9-11 in Boston, Massachusetts.


June 29, 2010

NGA Center Report Indicates Collaboration is Key for Readying the Workforce for a Global Economy

A new report released by the NGA Center, A Sharper Focus on Technical Workers: How to Educate and Train for a Global Economy, provides a model for how states can work collaboratively with industry, community colleges and each other to provide opportunities for workers to build their skills and ensure America’s future economic security and prosperity.


June 25, 2010

Governors to Discuss Domestic Energy at Annual Meeting

The nation's governors will explore policies that expand domestic energy production from both traditional and renewable sources during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 9-11 in Boston, Massachusetts.


June 24, 2010

Governors to Recognize Seven Individuals for Service to States

The National Governors Association (NGA) will honor seven individuals for their significant contribution to public service at its upcoming Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government will be presented Friday, July 9, during the meeting’s opening plenary session.


June 24, 2010

Governors to Discuss Childhood Nutrition and Obesity at Annual Meeting

The nation’s governors will focus on creating a healthy future for children during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 9-11 in Boston, Massachusetts.


June 23, 2010

Governors to Discuss Fiscal Conditions and Economic Recovery at Annual Meeting

The nation's governors will discuss current economic and fiscal conditions in their states, emerging economic sectors that could drive recovery and state economic development practices during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 9-11 in Boston, Massachusetts.


June 22, 2010

Nation's Governors to Hold 102nd Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts

Governors from across the country will come together July 9-11 to discuss critical issues facing states and the nation as NGA convenes in Boston, Massachusetts, for its 102nd Annual Meeting.


June 08, 2010

Governors to Gather in Boston for Annual Meeting

NGA Chair Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today offered highlights of the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting to be held in Boston.


June 03, 2010

Findings of Biannual Fiscal Survey Show States Lag Behind National Economic Recovery

Findings from the Spring 2010 Fiscal Survey of States, released biannually by NGA and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), show fiscal year 2010 presented the most difficult challenge for states’ financial management since the Great Depression. Although the nation's economy shows signs of improvement, state fiscal conditions continue to deteriorate.


June 02, 2010

National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs Launch Common State Academic Standards

The NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a set of state-led education standards, the Common Core State Standards, at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA.


May 06, 2010

States Leading the Way in Advancing Clean Energy

Throughout the decade, states have launched initiatives to improve energy efficiency, promote alternative energy sources and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Some of these state efforts to transition to clean energy are highlighted in a new report released today by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), Advancing Clean Energy: A Report on the Clean Energy States Grant Program.


April 12, 2010

Six States to Focus on Building Systems That Ready Young Children for Success in Education and Life

To help ensure young children receive the support and experiences necessary to grow and learn, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced it has selected six states to develop high-quality, comprehensive state early childhood systems through a new initiative, Ready States: A Project to Develop Key Components of State Early Childhood Infrastructure.


April 01, 2010

New Issue Brief Puts Forth State Strategies to Maximize Potential of Older Adults

A new issue brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) details ways states can engage older adults – who have the potential to greatly affect state economies – through both paid employment and volunteerism.


March 17, 2010

States to Develop Innovative Strategies to Improve Transportation and Land Use Planning

Many states confront a transportation system that is not meeting the needs of its citizens because it is out of date, stressed beyond capacity, financially unsustainable or inefficient. To work against these substantial issues, the NGA Center has selected five states to develop and implement innovative solutions through its Policy Academy on Shaping a New Approach to Transportation and Land Use Planning.


March 10, 2010

Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards Available for Comment

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released the first official public draft of the K-12 standards as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a process being led by governors and chief state school officers in 51 states, territories, and the District of Columbia.


March 04, 2010

States Taking Steps to Fight Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and today, nearly 23 million – or one in three – American children are overweight or obese.


March 03, 2010

Six States Selected to Focus on Increasing Education and Skill Level of Adult Workers

The NGA Center announced the selection of six states – Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Virginia and West Virginia – to each host a Governor's Forum on Postsecondary Credential Attainment by Adult Workers.


February 24, 2010

Homeland Security Survey Shows Similar Structures Across States, Evolving Priorities, Funding Concerns

Results of an annual survey of governors homeland security advisors, released during the NGA Winter Meeting, showed similar homeland security governance structures across states, evolving priorities as a result of current events like the H1N1 pandemic and concerns about sustaining security capabilities under current funding mechanisms.


February 22, 2010

Nation's Governors Recognize Three Companies for Outstanding Collaboration with States

NGA honored Intel, Union Pacific and UnitedHealthcare with its annual Public-Private Partnership Awards at the closing session of the 2010 NGA Winter Meeting.


February 20, 2010

Governors and Premiers to Work Together for Enhanced Economic Growth

During the NGA Winter Meeting, U.S. Governors and Canadian Premiers discussed common challenges, compared innovative policy solutions and agreed to work to address the key issues of trade, border security, energy and the environment.


February 20, 2010

NGA Welcomes Governors to 2010 Winter Meeting

NGA honored Intel, Union Pacific and UnitedHealthcare with its annual Public-Private Partnership Awards at the closing session of the 2010 NGA Winter Meeting.


February 20, 2010

Governors Discuss States' Role in Transforming Health Care Delivery Systems at Opening Session of Winter Meeting

The 2010 NGA Winter Meeting began with a robust opening plenary session highlighting the role states can play in improving health care delivery systems to provide cost-efficient and effective health care to all Americans.


February 16, 2010

Governors to Discuss Public Health and Preparedness at Winter Meeting

The nation's governors will discuss the ways public services are structured and delivered so that the public health and preparedness infrastructure will be ready to meet future challenges during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, scheduled for February 20-22 in Washington, D.C.


February 15, 2010

Governors to Discuss Energy Technology and Infrastructure at Winter Meeting

The nation's governors will identify strategies that promote dependable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy during the upcoming NGA Winter Meeting, scheduled for February 20-22 in Washington, D.C.


February 15, 2010

Governors to Discuss Homeland Security at Winter Meeting

The nation's governors will focus on strategies to ensure state homeland security activities continue to evolve to meet today’s threats, despite challenging fiscal conditions, during the upcoming NGA Winter Meeting, scheduled for February 20-22 in Washington, D.C.


February 15, 2010

Governors to Discuss Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at Winter Meeting

The nation’s governors will discuss their vision for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act during the upcoming NGA Winter Meeting, scheduled for February 20-22 in Washington, D.C.


February 15, 2010

Governors to Discuss National Surface Transportation Policy at Winter Meeting

The nation’s governors will discuss the dynamics for shaping national surface transportation policy during the upcoming NGA Winter Meeting, scheduled for February 20-22 in Washington, D.C.


February 08, 2010

Health Care Tops Governors' Meeting Agenda

The nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., later this month for the 2010 NGA Winter Meeting.


January 11, 2010

Effective State Strategies Help Schools Make the Most of Their National School Lunch Program

A new issue brief released by the NGA Center, State Strategies to Help Schools Make the Most of their National School Lunch Program, outlines state strategies to help schools make the most of the second largest food program in the United States, which serves 31 million school children each day and more than half of children at least once a week.


January 05, 2010

Six States to Develop Comprehensive Action Plans to Improve Energy Efficiency of Existing Buildings

Buildings consume more energy than any other sector of the U.S. economy and account for the majority of the nation’s electricity consumption. To help states develop strategies to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings and reduce costs and emissions, the NGA Center announced six states have been selected to participate in the Policy Academy on State Building Efficiency Retrofit Programs.


January 04, 2010

Six States to Develop Policies to Fight High School Dropout, Achieve Graduation for All

Despite recent high school reform efforts, the dropout problem in the United States remains daunting. To address this troubling issue that affects all states, the NGA Center announced it has selected six states to develop comprehensive state dropout prevention and recovery policies through the State Strategies to Achieve Graduation for All initiative.


December 09, 2009

Road Map for States to Increase College Success Laid Out in New NGA Center Issue Brief

To address the increasing necessity for students to obtain a college degree or certificate, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today released an issue brief, Increasing College Success: A Road Map for Governors, that outlines actions governors can take to increase U.S. college completion rates.


November 19, 2009

Governors to Hold Biennial Seminar in Colorado

In 2010, the nation will hold 39 gubernatorial elections. In at least 22 of those races, there will be a definite change in leadership. To assist new governors in their transition from campaigning to governing, NGA holds a Seminar for New Governors (SNG) every two years.


November 12, 2009

NGA, NASBO Say States Will Continue to Face Fiscal Difficulties in Coming Years

In a preliminary review of the biannual report The Fiscal Survey of States, officials from NGA and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) forecasted continued fiscal difficulties for states.


November 10, 2009

Common Core State Standards K-12 Work and Feedback Groups Announced

The NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the individuals who will develop the K-12 standards for English-language arts and mathematics in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). Fifty-one states and territories have joined this state-led process.


November 09, 2009

New NGA Center Issue Brief Provides Formula for Enhanced Postsecondary School Performance

To help states assess the performance of their universities, community colleges and other two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today released an issue brief, Measuring Student Achievement at Postsecondary Institutions, which offers a formula for measuring system wide student achievement, a critical factor in assessing postsecondary school performance.


October 28, 2009

NGA Center Issue Brief Highlights Expanded Learning Opportunities as Effective Part of State Dropout Prevention Strategies

States can use expanded learning opportunities (ELOs), such as afterschool, summer learning, extended day and extended year programs, to reduce student dropout rates, according to a new issue brief released by the NGA Center.


October 26, 2009

NGA Center Issue Brief Offers State Policies to Improve Quality of Teacher Professional Development

The NGA Center released an issue brief, State Policies to Improve Teacher Professional Development, that outlines approaches states can take to improve the quality of teacher professional development and ensure the investments made in professional development aid student learning.


October 22, 2009

New NGA Center Report Provides Comprehensive Approach to High School Dropout Prevention and Recovery

A new report from the NGA Center addresses the alarming rate at which students in the United States drop out of high school.


October 05, 2009

NGA Center Releases New Report on Effective State Strategies for Educational Success

The NGA Center, in partnership with the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy (Hunt Institute), has released, Perfecting the Formula: Effective Strategies = Educational Success, a summary of the 2009 Governors Education Symposium, which brought toghther teams of governors, legislators and state education commissioners from around the country.


September 29, 2009

NGA Center for Best Practices Releases State "Green" Economy Profiles

The NGA Center released a series of reports analyzing emerging "green" economies in each state. The in-depth profiles of each state are available on the NGA Center Web site.


September 24, 2009

Common Core State Standards Initiative Validation Committee Announced

The NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the names of the members of the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


September 21, 2009

Common Core State Standards Available for Comment

The NGA Center and CCSSO released the first official public draft of the college- and career-readiness standards in English-language arts and mathematics as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a process being led by governors and chief state school officers in 51 states and territories.


September 17, 2009

National Governors Association Chair Focuses on Health Care

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas officially kicked off his yearlong National Governors Association (NGA) Chair's initiative, Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable, at the National Press Club today. In his remarks, he also offered some initial reactions to the recently released Senate Finance Committee proposal.


September 16, 2009

NGA Center Summit Aims to Help States Create Comprehensive Approach to Improving Children's Health

Many American children face challenges to their long-term health and academic success because of economic factors and lack access to high-quality health care and constructive early learning opportunities. With this in mind, the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today kicked off a first-of-its-kind summit called Building Brighter Futures for Our Children that brings together state teams to develop a coordinated policy agenda among state health, early education and human service systems to ensure better outcomes for our nation's children.


September 15, 2009

NGA Center for Best Practices Selects States to Participate in Policy Institute on Foster Care

The NGA Center, in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures and Casey Family Programs, today selected 12 states to participate in a policy institute, Changing the Outcome: Achieving and Sustaining a Safe Reduction in Foster Care, that will help states improve outcomes for vulnerable children and move toward safely reducing the number of children in foster care.


September 01, 2009

Fifty-One States And Territories Join Common Core State Standards Initiative

NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the names of the states and territories that have joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


August 26, 2009

Utah Chosen to Host 2011 National Governors Association Annual Meeting

The NGA announced that Salt Lake City, Utah, will host the nation’s governors for its 2011 Annual Meeting, July 15-17. This will mark the fourth time NGA has held its Annual Meeting in the state since 1919.


August 10, 2009

States Close the Achievement Gap in Advanced Placement Courses

To maintain the competitiveness of America’s workforce and ensure that U.S. students are prepared to succeed in college, states increasingly are recognizing the importance of offering a rigorous, common education curriculum that includes Advancement Placement (AP) courses.


August 04, 2009

State Experts Issue Recommendations for Implementing Electronic Health Information Exchange

As the national dialogue on health care reform continues, health information technology (IT) and health information exchange (HIE) have emerged as critical means to ensuring a health care system that is affordable, effective, safe and transparent. A new report from the State Alliance for e-Health, Preparing to Implement HITECH: A State Guide for Electronic Health Information Exchange, aims to help states lead the way in using health IT and HIE and guide them as they begin instituting the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.


July 29, 2009

States Implement Health Initiatives for State Employees

States are exploring programs to combat the chronic diseases that account for more than 75 percent of all health care costs, including the states’, according to a new Issue Brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


July 29, 2009

Governors Praise Passage by Committee of the PASS ID Act of 2009

The nation’s governors applaud members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for passing the Providing for Additional Security In States’ Identification Act of 2009 (PASS ID). This legislation transforms an unworkable law into a practical solution.


July 27, 2009

Majority of States to Report NGA Graduation Rate Data by 2010

Most states are on track to publicly report their high school graduation rates using a common formula by 2011, according to a report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). Implementing Graduation Counts: State Progress to Date, 2009 documents states' progress updating their data systems to report their graduation rate using the common NGA formula.


July 27, 2009

States Look to Electronic Prescribing to Move Toward a More Efficient Health Care System

States are using innovative strategies to address the issue of integrated electronic health records and the electronic exchange of health information, according to a new Issue Brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


July 23, 2009

States Pursue Mix of Approaches to Fund and Finance Transportation

In response to the pressing challenges facing our nation’s transportation system, states and territories are exploring ways to make better use of existing and new approaches to fund and finance transportation, according to a new report by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


July 20, 2009

NGA Chooses New Executive, Standing Committee Leaders

NGA announced its new Executive Committee members and the leadership of NGA's four standing committees for the 2009-2010 year.


July 20, 2009

Incoming NGA Chair Unveils New Initiative

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas officially became chair of the NGA during the closing plenary session of the NGA's Annual Meeting today. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was named NGA Vice Chair.


July 18, 2009

NGA Kicks Off 101st Annual Meeting in Mississippi

With a panoramic view of Mississippi's Gulf Coast as a backdrop, National Governors Association (NGA) Vice Chair Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and host Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour welcomed the nation's governors to the association's 101st Annual Meeting.


July 18, 2009

Infrastructure Highlighted During Opening Plenary of NGA Annual Meeting

The 2009 National Governors Association Annual Meeting began today with an opening plenary session dedicated to infrastructure. The session coincides with NGA Chair Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell's yearlong initiative Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future.


July 13, 2009

NGA Center for Best Practices Selects States to Participate in Identity Theft Policy Academy

The NGA Center selected four states – Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio – to participate in a policy academy that will assist states in improving how they capture, share and analyze information related to identity theft in an effort to improve investigation and prosecution of these crimes.


July 06, 2009

Governors to Discuss Energy Security and Independence at Annual Meeting

The nation’s governors will identify barriers that affect the nation’s ability to access new energy resources, deploy advanced generation technologies and increase electric transmission capacity during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 17-20 in Biloxi, Mississippi.


July 06, 2009

Governors to Discuss Economic Recovery at Annual Meeting

The nation’s governors will focus on opportunities to put states in a better position for recovery and the future in spite of challenging economic times during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 17-20 in Biloxi, Mississippi.


July 06, 2009

Governors to Discuss Increasing Education and Training Opportunities at Annual Meeting

The nation’s governors will focus on ways to increase access to workforce education and the training workers require for good jobs during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 17-20 in Biloxi, Mississippi.


July 01, 2009

NGA to Convene 101st Annual Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi

The nation's governors will address a host of critical issues facing states and the nation as the National Governors Association (NGA) convenes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for its 101st Annual Meeting.


July 01, 2009

Common Core State Standards Development Work Group and Feedback Group Announced

The NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the names of the experts serving on the Common Core State Standards Development Work Group and Feedback Group and provided more detailed information on the college and career ready standards development process.


June 29, 2009

Governors to Recognize Eight Individuals for Service to States

NGA will honor eight individuals for their valuable contribution to public service at its upcoming Annual Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government will be presented Saturday, July 18, during the meeting’s opening plenary session.


June 25, 2009

Five State Leadership Teams Receive $50,000 Grants to Expand Learning Opportunities

Teams of education leaders in Maine, Minnesota, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin each received $50,000 competitive grants to improve afterschool and summer learning opportunities for students through the joint Supporting Student Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities initiative.


June 18, 2009

States Make Strides in Advancing Interoperable Communications

States have made significant progress toward achieving interoperable communications, but more work is needed before information can be freely exchanged among jurisdictions during an emergency, according to a new Issue Brief by the NGA Center.


June 17, 2009

NGA Center for Best Practices Selects States to Participate in Policy Academy

The NGA Center selected three states – Alabama, Hawaii and Illinois – to participate in a policy academy that will assist states in developing a privacy policy for their justice information sharing programs.


June 15, 2009

Governors Applaud Senate Introduction of the PASS ID Act of 2009

NGA praised the introduction of a bill by Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka, Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, Montana Sen. Max Baucus, Delaware Sen. Thomas Carper, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and Montana Sen. Jon Tester to transform the REAL ID Act and urged swift action to preserve the security and integrity of driver’s licenses and identification cards, maintain flexibility for states and reduce implementation costs.


June 09, 2009

States Update Transportation Strategies to Support Evolving Missions at Military Bases

States are using a range of existing, new and innovative strategies to address transportation issues associated with significant growth in the missions at many military bases across the country, according to a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center.


June 04, 2009

State Fiscal Conditions Continue to Decline

Despite receiving funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, state fiscal conditions deteriorated for nearly every state during fiscal 2009, according to NGA and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).
View video from the news conference


June 01, 2009

Forty-Nine States and Territories Join Common Core Standards Initiative

The NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the names of the states and territories that have joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


May 11, 2009

Comprehensive Approach Key to Building a High-Quality Education Workforce

Recognizing the critical role teachers and principals play in producing students who are highly skilled and able to compete in a global economy, the NGA Center released a new report aimed at helping governors attract and retain the most effective educators.
Watch the news conference video.


April 22, 2009

NGA Releases Analysis of Governors' Annual State of the State Addresses

An analysis of governors' State of the State Addresses reiterates the stark fiscal outlook most states are facing in 2009, according to a new report released by the NGA Center.


April 21, 2009

NGA and CCSSO Offer New Approaches to Strengthen Afterschool Opportunities for Students

A new report by the NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) highlights the positive impact high-quality Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) have on student success and offers state leaders a blueprint to ensure ELO effectiveness.


April 16, 2009

High-Quality Charter Schools Create High-Achieving Students

The NGA Center released a blueprint to help state policymakers accelerate the development of high-quality charter schools.


April 13, 2009

Six States Selected to Develop New Models of Teacher Compensation

To help states develop strategies to improve the effectiveness of all current and prospective teachers, the NGA Center announced six states – Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Tennessee – selected to participate in the Policy Academy on Creating New Models of Teacher Compensation That Enhance Teacher Effectiveness.


March 23, 2009

States to Improve Outcomes for Youth Transitioning From Foster Care

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today selected seven states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and North Carolina – to participate in a Learning Network aimed at improving outcomes for youth transitioning out of foster care.


March 18, 2009

States Employ Innovative Education Strategies to Support Evolving Missions of Military Bases

States are employing a host of new education strategies and initiatives to handle the significant growth in the mission of many military bases across the country, according to a new Issue Brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


March 09, 2009

Governors' Homeland Security Challenges Revealed in New NGA Center Survey

The NGA Center released the results of its fifth annual survey of Governor's Homeland Security Advisors.


March 02, 2009

NGA Awards Grants to Improve Low-Performing Schools

The NGA Center awarded $150,000 grants to Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts and Mississippi to support the development of a comprehensive strategy aimed at improving chronically low-performing schools.


February 24, 2009

States Play Critical Role in Advancing Health Information Technology

With e-health initiatives across the country in various stages of development, state governments now have an opportunity to determine the best regulatory and governance framework to support and advance electronic health information technology (HIT)and health information exchange (HIE), according to a new report prepared for the State Alliance for e-Health by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


February 23, 2009

Governors Confident in Nation's Future

The nation's governors issued the following statement: "Our states and our citizens are experiencing unprecedented fiscal challenges. As leaders in our states, we face these difficult economic times not as Democrats and Republicans, but as governors charged with the public's trust and well-being..."


February 23, 2009

Governors Present Two Companies with Annual NGA Public-Private Partnership Awards at Winter Meeting

NGA honored ESRI and Microsoft Corporation with its annual Public-Private Partnership Awards at the closing plenary session of the 2009 NGA Winter Meeting.


February 23, 2009

Governors Stress Importance of Improving Nation's Infrastructure

The NGA 2009 Winter Meeting concluded with a closing plenary session highlighting infrastructure financing best practices from around the world and charting an action-based roadmap for NGA Chair Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's initiative, Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future.


February 23, 2009

NGA Creates Task Force on Health Care Reform

NGA announced the formation of a Health Care Reform Task Force. The Task Force is designed to identify and define gubernatorial priorities and to inform and advise the work of Congress and the Administration.


February 22, 2009

Governors Take Action to Address Foreclosure Crisis

The deepening foreclosure crisis and its impact on states was among the focal points as the nation's governors convened for the 2009 NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss a host of critical challenges facing states.


February 21, 2009

Governors Discuss Strategies for Strengthening America's Infrastructure

The 2009 NGA Winter Meeting officially kicked off with a robust opening plenary session highlighting the role states can play in managing existing and developing new infrastructure in ways that enhance economic and environmental prosperity. The session also showcased upcoming actions of NGA Chair Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's initiative Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future.


February 21, 2009

NGA Welcomes Governors to 2009 Winter Meeting

The nation's governors gather here this weekend to address critical issues, including infrastructure and the economy. Governors also will meet with President Obama, members of the Administration, business executives and other experts for discussions on a host of issues and challenges facing states.


February 19, 2009

Governors Take Steps to Safeguard Continuity of Government During a Pandemic Outbreak

Governors can play a critical role developing policies that preserve day-to-day operation of critical state services and continuity of government during a pandemic outbreak, according to a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center Sustaining the State Workforce: Strategies for Effective Pandemic Planning.


February 12, 2009

Health Care Reform on Agenda at National Governors Association Winter Meeting

The nation’s governors will discuss reforming the country’s health care system during the upcoming 2009 NGA Winter Meeting, which convenes later this month.


February 12, 2009

Governors to Discuss Advancing Energy Infrastructure at National Governors Association Winter Meeting

The nation's governors will discuss how to advance the next generation of energy infrastructure and technology at the 2009 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting later this month in Washington, D.C.


February 12, 2009

Governors To Examine State Economic Conditions, Actions To Address Foreclosures at National Governors Association Winter Meeting

The nation's governors will discuss the economic challenges facing states during the 2009 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which kicks off in Washington, D.C., later this month.


February 12, 2009

Governors To Discuss Transforming the Nation's Workforce at National Governors Association Winter Meeting

The nation's governors are set to discuss transforming America’s workforce to compete in a global economy during the upcoming 2009 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which begins in Washington, D.C., later this month.


February 11, 2009

Strengthening Nation's Infrastructure Tops Governors' Meeting Agenda

The nation's governors will gather in Washington, D.C., later this month for the 2009 NGA Winter Meeting.


February 04, 2009

States Use Innovative Workforce Strategies to Support Evolving Missions of Military Bases

States across the nation are taking action to ensure an adequate workforce is available to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as it adjusts to meet the demands of the 21st century, according to a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center.


February 02, 2009

States Employ Innovative Tactics to Support Health Coverage for Small Business Employees

With more than 42 million individuals working for small businesses in the United States, ensuring affordable health care coverage is available to employees has become a top priority for governors, according to a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center.


January 27, 2009

NGA Statement Regarding American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

States are facing fiscal conditions not seen since the Great Depression—anticipated budget shortfalls are expected in excess of $200 billion.


January 15, 2009

Innovative Financing Options Key to Restoring and Enhancing Nation's Transportation Infrastructure

States are at the forefront of operating and maintaining our nation's transportation assets but increasingly need to develop innovative funding and financing strategies to achieve this task, according to a new report issued today by the NGA Center.


January 14, 2009

Arts and Culture Industries Can Play Role in State Economic Development

Fostering the arts and culture sector has played a vital role in state economic development, according to a new report from the NGA Center.


January 13, 2009

NGA, NCSL, CCSSO and NASBE Release Accelerating the Agenda: Actions to Improve America's High Schools

Building on the national imperative first set forth at the 2005 National Education Summit on High Schools, the NGA Center, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) released Accelerating the Agenda: Actions to Improve America's High Schools, a joint report measuring the progress states have made improving America’s high schools and citing the challenges that remain in ensuring high school students are prepared for college and career success in the global economy.


December 19, 2008

Education Policy Experts Sound Alarm Over America's Ability to Compete

Underscoring the link between a world-class education and a sound U.S. economy, leading education experts issued a report offering sweeping recommendations to internationally benchmark educational performance. Watch video from the news conference.


December 15, 2008

States Experience Extremely Tight Fiscal Conditions as National Recession Deepens

Most states experienced poor fiscal conditions in 2008, with conditions for fiscal 2009 continuing to deteriorate and expected to continue to severely decline as the national recession deepens, according to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). Spending will decline this fiscal year for the first time since 1983.


December 03, 2008

States Cite Progress, Challenges Cleaning Up America's Nuclear Weapons Complex

States have made enormous strides treating and disposing of America’s Cold War nuclear waste over the past 18 years, but significant challenges and hurdles persist, according to a new report by the NGA Center.


December 02, 2008

Governors Host Historic Meeting with Incoming Presidential Administration

The National Governors Association released the following statement today regarding their meeting with the President-elect and Vice President-elect: "The nation's governors were honored to host President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden at a meeting earlier this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to discuss the challenges of the current economic crisis and ways to speed recovery.


December 01, 2008

NGA and NCSL Call on Congress to Take Action for Economic Recovery

Leaders of NGA and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) joined together today to call on congressional leaders and the Administration to take early action to stabilize the nation’s economy.


November 20, 2008

NGA Center to Help States Improve Public Safety Interoperable Communications

To help states ensure their communication capabilities are adequately prepared to respond to an emergency, the NGA Center announced six states – Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, New York and Washington – selected to participate in the Public Safety Interoperability Communications Policy Academy: Focus on Governance.


November 19, 2008

States Enhance Efforts to Support Expanding Missions of Military Bases

States across the nation are taking action to support large and rapid population growth at and around their military bases, according to a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center.


November 13, 2008

NGA Center to Help States Improve Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Buildings

The NGA Center for Best Practices announced the selection of seven states—Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, Utah and Wisconsin—to participate in a Policy Academy designed to help states develop an action plan and implementation strategy around improving energy use in buildings.


October 30, 2008

NGA Welcomes Mary Jo Waits as Director of Social, Economic and Workforce Programs

The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to welcome Mary Jo Waits as director of the Social, Economic and Workforce Programs Division at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


October 23, 2008

NGA Center Announces States Selected for Career Technical Education Policy Academy

To better prepare students for postsecondary education opportunities, the NGA Center awarded five states—Arizona, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio and Oklahoma—the opportunity to participate in an NGA Center Policy Academy on Meeting Academic and Economic Need Through Career Technical Education.


October 22, 2008

Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council Selects New Executive Leadership

The NGA Center announced the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) executive leadership for 2008-2009.


October 15, 2008

States to Enhance Access to E-85 Fueling Stations

To help improve the nation’s energy security and diversify its transportation fuel supply, NGA announced partnerships between and General Motors Corporation (GM) and 10 states to enhance access to E-85 ethanol for flex-fuel vehicles.


September 30, 2008

Massachusetts Chosen to Host 2010 National Governors Association Annual Meeting

NGA announced that Boston, Massachusetts, will host the nation’s governors for its 2010 Annual Meeting, July 9-12.


September 29, 2008

State and Local Leaders Call on Next Administration to Prioritize Federal-State-Local Partnerships

The elected leadership of the seven major state-local organizations in the country—known as the “Big 7”—joined together in Philadelphia to highlight the important roles state and local government leaders play in solving national issues and call on the next president to actively engage these leaders when determining national policy.


September 25, 2008

NGA Center Awards $120,000 in Grants to States and Territories to Help Low-Income Children and Families

To help reduce the number of children living in poverty and improve the economic outcomes of disadvantaged families, the NGA Center awarded $12,000 grants to 10 states to convene Governors Summits on Poverty and Economic Opportunity: Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin.


September 23, 2008

State Experts Offer Recommendations to Nation on Improving Health Care Through Information Technology

With the national dialogue on health care reaching epidemic levels, a distinguished group of bipartisan health policy and technical experts today released a report calling for accelerating adoption and use of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health information exchange (HIE) to speed improvements in the U.S. health care system.


September 15, 2008

States Improve Preparedness to Safeguard Against Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

States are making significant progress toward safeguarding their citizens against an influenza pandemic, but the nation as a whole remains inadequately prepared for a severe pandemic outbreak according to a new report by the NGA Center.


September 10, 2008

Governors Call for Congress to Address Highway Trust Fund Shortfall

The nation's governors call on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to eliminate the impending shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund immediately.


September 09, 2008

Governors to Hold Biennial Seminar in Nevada

NGA announced that Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons will host the 2008 Seminar for New Governors (SNG) in Las Vegas, Nevada. SNG, an executive-style retreat, helps governors-elect prepare for life as their state’s chief executive.


September 08, 2008

Top State Education Policy Organizations Form Expert Advisory Group on International Benchmarking

Three of the nation's leading education policy organizations today united to ensure American students in every state are receiving a world-class education. NGA, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Achieve, Inc. have joined to provide states a roadmap for benchmarking their K-12 education systems to those of top-performing nations.


July 31, 2008

NGA Statement on Higher Education Bill

NGA released the following statement regarding the impending vote on the Higher Education Reauthorization bill.


July 29, 2008

States on Track to Report NGA Graduation Rate Data by 2012

States are on track to publicly report their high school graduation rates using a common formula by 2012 according to a report from the NGA Center. Implementing Graduation Counts: State Progress to Date 2008 documents states progress updating their data systems in order to report their high school graduation rate using the common NGA formula.


July 28, 2008

States Adopt Innovative Strategies to Provide Assistance to Needy Families

A survey by the NGA Center reveals the innovative strategies states are using to meet new, more stringent federal requirements of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.


July 14, 2008

States Eye Film and TV Productions to Boost Economic Outlook

As governors continue exploring innovative strategies to grow their economies, states are increasingly looking to film, television and related media arts productions as a means of attracting high-paying jobs and related high-tech businesses, according to a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center, Promoting Film and Media to Enhance State Economic Development.


July 13, 2008

NGA Welcomes New Chair

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty officially turned over the reins of NGA to Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell during the closing plenary session of the NGA's Centennial Meeting. Gov. Rendell's Chair's Initiative will work with other states to design and implement strategies for smarter, more cost-effective infrastructure investments, including roads, bridges, ports and public transportation.


July 12, 2008

Securing a Clean Energy Future Tops Agenda as Governors Meet in Philadelphia

Following a daylong celebration to commemorate NGA's Centennial Anniversary, NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined host and Vice Chair Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell in kicking off the business portion of the association's annual meeting.


July 11, 2008

NGA Celebrates Centennial in Philadelphia

Commemorating 100 years of state leadership, current and former governors joined together today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to reflect on a century of gubernatorial successes and share unique insights on the important role governors play in shaping public policy.


July 01, 2008

Governors to Discuss Reintegration of Troops During Centennial Meeting

Governors will highlight innovative reintegration programs for troops returning from deployment at the upcoming NGA Centennial Meeting, scheduled for July 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


July 01, 2008

Governors to Discuss Teacher Quality During Centennial Meeting

Governors will focus on improving teacher and school leader quality at the upcoming NGA Centennial Meeting, scheduled for July 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


July 01, 2008

Governors to Discuss State Response to Nation's Economic Problems at Centennial Meeting

The nation's governors will focus on actions states can take to address turmoil in financial markets during the upcoming NGA Centennial Meeting, scheduled for July 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


July 01, 2008

Governors to Discuss Nation's Energy Future at Centennial Meeting

The nation's governors will explore "Options for a Secure and Affordable Energy Future" during the NGA Centennial Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 11-14.


June 30, 2008

Nation's Governors to Honor Eight Individuals for Service to States

NGA will honor eight individuals at its upcoming Centennial Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for their valuable contribution to public service. The Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government will be presented Sunday, July 13 during the meeting's plenary session.


June 29, 2008

Governors to Convene Centennial Meeting in Philadelphia

In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt convened the first-ever meeting of the nation's governors at the White House. In 2008, NGA will continue its tradition of annual meetings when it convenes in Philadelphia for its Centennial Meeting, held July 11–14.


June 29, 2008

NGA Awards Clean Energy Grants to 12 States

The NGA Center awarded grants of $50,000 to 12 states to help them advance clean energy projects in their states. The awards were made as part of the Clean Energy States Grant Program, a program under NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative, and are designed to help overcome obstacles to greater energy efficiency, conservation and use of clean energy resources in the states.


June 23, 2008

Nation's Transportation Infrastructure in Need of Major Overhaul, Experts Conclude

States must consider a wide variety of new and traditional types of funding sources and financing mechanisms in order to continue providing safe and stable surface transportation infrastructure now and in the future, experts concluded at the State Summit on Innovative Transportation Funding and Financing, sponsored by the NGA Center and supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).


June 19, 2008

States Take Action to Alleviate Child and Family Poverty

As families across the nation face financial hardships and economic insecurity, states continue to lead the way in developing solutions to help families ensure their economic well-being. These efforts are highlighted in a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center.


June 18, 2008

States Experience Tighter Fiscal Conditions as National Economy Continues Decline

In a report released today, The Fiscal Survey of States, NGA and NASBO found that while fiscal conditions varied dramatically across states, overall expenditure growth rates declined in fiscal 2008 and the number of states experiencing revenue shortfalls increased.

Watch video from the news conference.


June 10, 2008

Governors Explore Strategies to Make the United States a Global Leader in Education

The Governors Education Symposium brings the nation's governors together to engage in candid dialogue about improving education in the United States. Throughout the three-day symposium, governors explored strategies and policies from around the country and globe for developing a world-class education system for all American students.


June 09, 2008

Public-Private Partnerships Key For Early Childhood Success, New NGA Report Says

Promoting the healthy development and school readiness of children from birth to age five is an integral strategy to prevent achievement gaps in later years, and the contribution of public-private partnerships to developing successful supports for young children and families is growing, according to a new report released by the NGA Center.


June 04, 2008

Governors Reaffirm Support for Delaying Implementation of Medicaid Rules

NGA released the following statement regarding implementation of seven of the Medicaid regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


May 20, 2008

States Take Action to Expand Access to Broadband Communication

Broadband communication is transforming the way Americans use the Internet and creating the potential for significant economic benefits in communities nationwide. Recognizing this, states have employed a variety of strategies to promote broadband access and adoption, which are highlighted in a new issue brief from the NGA Center titled State Efforts to Expand Broadband Access.


May 06, 2008

States Take Aim at Reducing Number of Children in Foster Care

Recognizing that there are too many children in foster care and that their safety and well-being may be improved by other means, the NGA Center has selected six states—Arkansas, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and South Carolina—to participate in a policy academy to safely reduce the number of children in foster care.


May 05, 2008

Governors Demonstrate Commitment to Energy Efficiency and Clean Power Generation at Kansas Summit

Governors were joined by Matt Kitsler, senior vice president of sustainability for Wal-Mart, to announce the states selected to receive clean energy audits as part of the NGA/Wal-Mart 'Greening State Capitols' partnership.


May 01, 2008

Governors Praise Congress for its Vote to Ensure Students' Access to College

The nation's governors commend Congress for acting quickly to address the student loan liquidity crisis. This swift bipartisan action will help ensure our students have continued access and affordability to postsecondary education.


April 23, 2008

NGA Center Awards Grants to Support Early Childhood Advisory Councils

The NGA Center has awarded 12 states and territories $10,000 grants to support early childhood advisory councils (ECACs), in an effort to bolster and support early childhood.


April 22, 2008

Governors Praise House Vote to Delay Implementation of Medicaid Rules

The nation's governors commend today's action by the U.S. House of Representatives to delay implementation of Medicaid regulations that represent a shift of billions of dollars in federal costs to states.


April 14, 2008

Analysis of State of the State Addresses Reveals Governors View Clean Energy Among Top Priorities

Finding new and using existing ways to promote clean energy topped the list of priorities outlined by the nation's governors in their 2008 State of the State addresses, according to a report released by NGA.


April 04, 2008

Fourteen States to Participate in National Early Childhood Symposium

As part of an effort to build states' capacity for developing science-based policies that enhance children's learning, behavior and health, 14 states have been selected to participate in the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy.


March 25, 2008

Governors Seek to Boost Clean Energy Research, Development and Demonstration

As part of the NGA's Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative, NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire convened a summit in Seattle to promote clean energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in the states.


February 27, 2008

States Prepared to Respond to Possible Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

States are rapidly improving their preparedness for a pandemic outbreak, according to a new interim report by the NGA Center.


February 26, 2008

States Foster Economic Growth through Angel Investing

Development and commercialization of innovation are critical to U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace, and states are increasingly recognizing the role of private investment in fostering these innovations, according to a new Issue Brief from the NGA Center.


February 24, 2008

Governors Kick-Off Centennial Celebration

The nation's governors kicked-off a celebration commemorating the NGA's 100th anniversary during a reception at the 2008 Winter Meeting. Nearly a century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt hosted the first meeting of the nation's governors at the White House to discuss conserving America's natural resources. 

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February 24, 2008

Governors Present Two Companies with Annual NGA Public-Private Partnership Awards at Winter Meeting

NGA honored Google Inc. and Barrick Gold of North America, Inc. with its annual Public-Private Partnership Awards during the meeting's closing plenary session.


February 24, 2008

News from the 2008 NGA Winter Meeting

The nation's governors kicked-off a celebration commemorating NGA's 100th anniversary during a reception at the 2008 Winter Meeting. Nearly a century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt hosted the first meeting of the nation's governors at the White House to discuss conserving America's natural resources.


February 24, 2008

Governors Highlight Role of States in Securing a Clean Energy Future

The NGA 2008 Winter Meeting concluded with a closing plenary session reinforcing the role of states in advancing a clean energy future for America and highlighting the recent successes of NGA's Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative (SCEF Initiative).


February 22, 2008

NGA Welcomes Governors to 2008 Winter Meeting

The nation's governors gather here this weekend to address critical issues including the nation's energy future. Governors also will meet with President Bush, members of the Administration, business executives and other experts for discussions on a host of issues and challenges facing states.


February 22, 2008

Governors Discuss Securing a Clean Energy Future and Unveil New Partnership at NGA Winter Meeting

The NGA Winter Meeting officially kicked off with a governor-led opening plenary discussion highlighting the recent successes and planned actions of NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative.


February 19, 2008

Governors Examine Long-Term Care at National Governors Association Winter Meeting

The nation's governors discussed the future of long-term care and the challenges and opportunities facing states during the NGA Winter Meeting.
See video from the session here.


February 19, 2008

Innovative State Education Initiatives Part of Governor's Agenda at Winter Meeting

The nation's governors discussed state initiatives to improve struggling schools and increase student achievement during the 2008 NGA Winter Meeting, which begins in Washington, D.C.
See video from the session here.


February 19, 2008

Governors Discuss Energy at NGA Winter Meeting

Building on the NGA Chair's Initiative, Securing a Clean Energy Future, governors discussed the role of traditional domestic energy sources in a clean energy future during the 2008 NGA Winter Meeting.
See video from the session here.


February 19, 2008

Governors Address Surface Transportation at Winter Meeting

During the 2008 NGA Winter Meeting the nation's governors will discussed the future of national surface transportation policy and finance.
See video from the session here.


February 18, 2008

Securing a Clean Energy Future Tops Governors' Meeting Agenda

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 23, a bipartisan group of governors from the U.S. states and territories will come together for three days of meetings at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. Nearly 50 governors are expected to participate in the meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his cabinet, congressional members, academic leaders, business executives and other experts for discussions on a host of issues and challenges facing states.


January 30, 2008

Michele Cady Nellenbach Joins NGA

The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that Michele Cady Nellenbach has been named director of the Natural Resources Committee. The committee is responsible for pursuing legislation on agriculture, energy, environment and natural resource issues to ensure governors’ views and priorities are represented in the shaping of federal policies and regulations.


January 23, 2008

Governors Adopt Economic Stimulus Policy

The nation's governors adopted an interim policy calling on Congress to include state countercyclical funding as part of any federal legislation to stimulate the economy. Specifically, governors urge Congress to provide $6 billion in Medicaid assistance by freezing the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) scheduled reductions and increasing all states’ FMAP, as well as $6 billion to fund a flexible block grant to stimulate state economies.


January 10, 2008

State Groups Acknowledge Final Real ID Regulations

With just 120 days before the implementation deadline, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released final Real ID regulations. According to NGA, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), their members now have the ability to thoroughly evaluate the new national mandate and what it means for states and citizens.


December 17, 2007

NGA Center Survey Reveals Homeland Security Challenges Facing States

States are working more closely and more effectively with federal agencies than ever before to share information that could prevent terrorist attacks, but their relationship with the federal government in a number of other key security areas remains a work in progress, according to a new issue brief from the NGA Center.


December 12, 2007

Governors Call for Improving Alternative Fuels and Clean Vehicles in States

As part of the NGA Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative, four governors joined together in Florida to discuss advancing alternative fuels and clean vehicles in the United States, release the publication "A Call to Action," and announce a clean energy partnership between NGA and Discovery Communications.


December 09, 2007

Governors Urge Congress to Protect State Authority over National Guard

As commanders in chief of their state's National Guard and reserves, governors recognize the integral role the Army and Air National Guard play on both domestic and foreign fronts and urge Congress to pass the conference report for the Defense Authorization Bill that supports its vital work.


December 04, 2007

States Beginning to Experience Tighter Fiscal Conditions According to Latest Report

Although states experienced stable finances in 2007, overall revenue growth has slowed and tighter fiscal conditions are expected in 2008, according to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).


December 03, 2007

National Groups Co-Host Briefing on 2006 PISA Results, Issue Joint Statement

The results of the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that 15-year-old students in the U.S. continue to perform, in science and mathematics, at levels that demonstrate conclusively that far too many are unprepared for the global economy.


November 07, 2007

Five States Receive Grants to Improve Justice Information Sharing

The NGA Center, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance, awarded Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin $50,000 grants to implement pilot projects that will benefit public safety through the improved sharing of information.


November 06, 2007

Governors Announce Groundbreaking Energy Efficiency Partnership with Climate Savers Computing Initiative

NGA announced an innovative clean energy partnership between the NGA Chair's Initiative and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), founded by Google and Intel, to spur deployment of more energy efficient computers and servers in state offices and agencies.


October 30, 2007

NGA Commends Compromise on Tax Moratorium

NGA cheered the passage of a bill to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) and restore the original intent of the law.


September 25, 2007

Governors Call for Reasonable Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act

NGA signed a letter with 10 state and local government organizations and governors regarding the proposed extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act.


September 18, 2007

States Take Action to Address Foreclosures in Subprime Mortgage Market

States are leading the way in developing solutions to help families avoid foreclosure, prevent future problems by eliminating predatory lending practices and enacting regulations covering nontraditional and subprime mortgage products.


September 13, 2007

States to Convene Summits on Expanded Learning Opportunities

To extend learning and positive development beyond the traditional school day, the NGA Center announced five states—Arkansas, Delaware, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oklahoma—will each receive $10,000 grants to convene Governors' Summits on Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs).


September 13, 2007

Seven States to Increase Economic Capacity and Entrepreneurship through Clusters

To help states develop better economic policies to improve their competitiveness in the global economy, the NGA Center selected seven states—Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oregon and West Virginia—to participate in a new policy academy.


September 11, 2007

NGA Officially Launches Chair's Initiative: Securing a Clean Energy Future

NGA committed to promoting clean energy policies across the country as NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius officially launched the Securing a Clean Energy Future initiative.


September 09, 2007

STEM Education Highlighted by NGA, NASA

To help states develop the workforce of problem-solvers, innovators and inventors needed to ensure their ability to compete in the global economy, the NGA Center hosted a STEM Learning Lab for States at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


August 14, 2007

State Alliance for e-Health Adopts Taskforce Recommendations

The State Alliance expects to present refined versions of these along with additional recommendations to states early in 2008. The taskforce reports that incorporate these recommendations are available at www.nga.org/center/ehealth.


August 06, 2007

NGA Praises Congressional Passage of the America COMPETES Act

NGA releases statement applauding congressional leadership for the passage of the America COMPETES Act of 2007.


July 22, 2007

NGA Annual Meeting Wraps Up in Michigan

The National Governors Association held its 99th Annual Meeting in Traverse City, Michigan in July. Governors discussed a wide range of issues of importance to them, including innovation, energy, Real ID and health care.


July 22, 2007

Incoming NGA Chair Unveils New Initiative

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty assumes leadership reins of NGA and launches new chair's initiative on clean energy.


July 22, 2007

Governors Call on Senate to Fund Real ID

During the National Governors Association Annual Meeting this weekend, governors issued a statement calling on the Senate to fund Real ID.


July 21, 2007

"Innovation America" Initiative Looks to the Future

International Benchmarking and Partnering in Innovation Will Highlight Effort’s Continuation


July 20, 2007

Governors Open 99th NGA Annual Meeting in Michigan

A bipartisan group of America's governors are expected to attend the four-day meeting in Michigan to discuss issues ranging from innovation and education to climate change and global competitiveness.


July 11, 2007

NGA Awards 10 States $100,000 Grants to Combat Childhood Obesity

States Recognize Need to Promote Healthy Habits Among Children


July 10, 2007

Governors to Discuss Health IT at Annual Meeting

Governors will focus on Health Information Technology (IT) at the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting. They also will discuss the State Children's Health Insurance Program reauthorization, which is a top priority of governors.


July 10, 2007

Governors to Discuss Competitiveness at Annual Meeting

The nation's governors will focus on innovative steps states can take to remain competitive internationally during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting.


July 10, 2007

Governors to Address Global Climate Change

Building on innovative initiatives to mitigate climate change in their states, governors will discuss policy options to address global climate change with national and international leaders at the NGA Annual Meeting in Traverse City, Michigan scheduled for July 20-23.


July 09, 2007

Innovation, Education Top Meeting Agenda for Governors

The 99th annual meeting of the nation's governors promises to highlight innovation and education as the National Governors Association (NGA) convenes in Traverse City, Michigan.


July 08, 2007

Nation's Governors to Honor Eight Individuals for Service to States

NGA Will Present Distinguished Service Awards during Upcoming Annual Meeting in Michigan


July 01, 2007

NGA Awards $500,000 Grants to Six States to Improve STEM Education

States Recognize Rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education is Critical to Future Economic Soundness


June 13, 2007

Career Technical Education Critical for Success in Today's Economy

NGA Issue Brief Answers the Question: What Happened to Yesterday's Vocational Education?


June 06, 2007

States to Convene Summits on Early Childhood Development

To help states develop policies that address the needs of at risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the NGA Center announced ten states will receive $10,000 grants to support Governors' Summits on Early Childhood.


June 06, 2007

Governors Resist Expanding Real ID Mandate

The nation's governors are concerned that the Senate’s proposed use of Real ID driver's licenses and identification cards for employment authorization and identity is premature.


May 23, 2007

Six States Receive Grants to Expand Learning Opportunities

Teams of education leaders in Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio and Rhode Island received $50,000 competitive grants to improve afterschool and summer learning opportunities for students through the Supporting Student Success initiative.


May 23, 2007

NGA Center Eyes Increasing Employment and Volunteer Opportunities for Retirees

Policy teams from eight states have been invited to participate in a Policy Academy on Civic Engagement.


May 22, 2007

Governors Praise Actions of Senators on Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act, NGA testifies

NGA praised Sen. Thomas Carper (DE), Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA), Sen. George Voinovich (OH) and Sen. Mike Enzi (WY), all former state and local elected officials, for their introduction of legislation that would extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA).


May 15, 2007

Governors Lead Efforts to Conserve Energy, Promote Renewable Alternatives

A new issue brief from the NGA Center summarizes common themes among state policies and provides case studies of six states.


May 14, 2007

Six States Awarded Funding to Help Improve Quality of Public Charter Schools

State leaders demonstrated their commitment to increasing high-quality educational opportunities for school age children as the NGA Center announced competitive technical assistance awards of $20,000 to six states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Nevada, New Mexico and New York.


May 06, 2007

Nation's Governors To Celebrate "Innovation America Week"

Highlighting gubernatorial support of her Innovation America initiative from coast to coast, NGA Chair Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is urging her colleagues to call attention to their continuing efforts to make schools and workplaces more innovative during Innovation America week.


April 24, 2007

Gov. Napolitano and Gov. Pawlenty Visit Minnesota Math and Science Academy to Highlight NGA Chair's Initiative

Highlighting the connection between a strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum and future success in the global workplace, Govs. Napolitano and Pawlenty joined members of the Minnesota High Tech Association in a roundtable discussion at the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury.


April 09, 2007

NGA Center Launches Pandemic Outbreak Workshops to Enhance State Readiness

The NGA Center, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, convened officials from the upper-Midwest in the first of a series of regional workshops designed to assess and enhance overall state and regional pandemic preparedness.


April 09, 2007

Governors Announce Top Energy Priorities for States

Building on innovative initiatives to address energy challenges in their states and the recent launch of the NGA 2007 Energy Project, governors have adopted a focused set of federal energy legislative priorities for the 110th Congress.


April 08, 2007

Governors Adopt S-CHIP Policy

The nation's governors have adopted a new policy to re-emphasize the importance of Congressional reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) and immediate funding for states facing shortfalls in the program.


March 29, 2007

Gov. Napolitano and Gov. Rendell Visit Pennsylvania High School to Highlight NGA Chair's Initiative

As part of her Innovation America initiative, NGA Chair Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano joined Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell at Upper Darby High School to speak with students and faculty about Classrooms for the Future and tour the school’s learning labs.


March 22, 2007

Nation's Governors Leading Health Reform Efforts

On the heels of their recent Winter Meeting, governors are demonstrating their continued commitment to improving the nation's health care system with the creation of a new Health Care Working Group and a series of Webcasts on state health reform initiatives.


March 21, 2007

NGA Center Hosts Public Safety Communications Interoperability Workshop

To help states improve and update their emergency response communications, the NGA Center is hosting a Statewide Planning Workshop for public safety communications interoperability.


March 16, 2007

NGA Announces Lead Governors for Healthy America

The NGA Center today announced leaders for the continuation of the Healthy America initiative and offered resources for preventing childhood obesity.


March 15, 2007

NGA Releases Homeland Security Guide

The NGA Center today released A Governor's Guide to Homeland Security to provide governors an overview of their homeland security roles and responsibilities. The guide was released via teleconference by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, NGA co-lead governors for homeland security.


March 15, 2007

State Alliance for e-Health Unveils Task Force Membership

The State Alliance for e-Health announced the membership of its task forces on health care practice and health information protection.


March 14, 2007

State Housing Task Forces Solving Multiple Housing Challenges

A new issue brief from the NGA Center examines how governors can use task forces to achieve their housing and community development goals.


March 14, 2007

NGA Provides Resources to Improve School Readiness

The NGA Center today released a request for proposals to galvanize state leadership and advance a comprehensive policy agenda for children ages birth to five.


March 04, 2007

Issue Brief Examines Use of DNA to Improve Public Safety

A new issue brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices provides recommendations for using forensic DNA to improve public safety.


February 28, 2007

Governors and State Legislators Respond to Real ID Regulations, Concerns Remain

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) issued the following statement today following the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) release of regulations for states to become compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005.


February 27, 2007

National Summit on America's "Silent Epidemic" to Highlight America's Response to the Dropout Crisis

On May 9th, policymakers, non-profits, media and business leaders will participate in the “National Summit on America’s Silent Epidemic” at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.


February 27, 2007

NGA Praises Congressional Movement to Correct Real ID

On behalf of the nation’s governors, the National Governors Association (NGA) issued a statement regarding the introduction of an amendment to delay implementation of Real ID.


February 25, 2007

Governors Celebrate EntrepreneurshipWeek USA

The nation's governors voiced their support for EntrepreneurshipWeek USA from Washington, D.C., where they are gathered for the innovation-focused NGA Winter Meeting.


February 24, 2007

Governors Focus on STEM Education, Communicating Innovation

On the second day of the NGA Winter Meeting, governors focused on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education in creating a competitive global economy.


February 23, 2007

NGA Winter Meeting Convenes in Washington

Governors from nearly 48 states, territories and commonwealths gathered on Saturday for the Opening Plenary session of the 2007 National Governors Association Winter Meeting.


February 23, 2007

NGA Welcomes Governors to 2007 Winter Meeting

The nation's governors convene this weekend to address critical issues including innovation.


February 22, 2007

NGA Announces Executive Committee, Co-lead Appointments

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced changes in its leadership following the recent gubernatorial elections.


February 21, 2007

Nation's Governors to Present First Annual Public-Private Partnership Award

The National Governors Association (NGA) will honor Ford Motor Company as the first recipient of the NGA Public-Private Partnership Award during its upcoming Winter Meeting. The award will be presented Sunday, Feb. 25, during the meeting’s second plenary session.


February 20, 2007

Governors to Discuss New Project, Address Energy Priorities at NGA Winter Meeting

Governors will discuss their top energy priorities and explore ways to promote clean, dependable and affordable energy during the upcoming 2007 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.


February 20, 2007

Governors Set to Discuss Early Childhood Education

During the upcoming 2007 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which begins later this week, the nation’s governors will hold a discussion entitled “Early Childhood Education: Building Public-Private Partnerships for Reform.”


February 20, 2007

Governors to Examine Ways to Improve Children's Health Care

The nation's governors will discuss children's health care during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which convenes later this week.


February 20, 2007

Governors to Discuss Globalization, Trade, Competitiveness at Winter Meeting

During the upcoming 2007 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which kicks off later this week, the nation’s governors will discuss globalization and trade and their impact on state competitiveness.


February 19, 2007

Innovation America Tops Governors' Meeting Agenda

The nation's governors are gathering in Washington, D.C. this weekend for the 2007 National Governors Association Winter Meeting.


February 14, 2007

NGA Center Honor States Convene for Midterm Assessment

Recipients of the NGA Center Honor States Grants gathered to assess midterm progress in achieving state high school reform goals and discuss how governors and state leaders can redesign high schools.


February 11, 2007

Governors Call on CMS to Improve Management of Part D Benefit

The nation's governors sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael O. Leavitt urging his support of recommendations that would help ensure a working partnership among states, the administration and Part D plans.


February 08, 2007

Issue Brief Offers Transportation Finance Options for States

A new issue brief from the NGA Center examines the transportation finance challenges faced by states and outlines tools available to address them.


December 12, 2006

State Fiscal Conditions Strong


December 11, 2006

National Governors Association Releases Energy Guide

At the 2006 Governors Energy Forum, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner released the NGA Center for Best Practices Governor’s Guide to Energy Assurance.


December 10, 2006

NGA and Gov. Carcieri to Host Conference on Collective Bargaining and Education

The conference will bring together policymakers, education leaders and national experts from across the country to examine how collective bargaining can best support the goal of improving student success.


December 10, 2006

NGA, NCSL Applaud Congressional Recognition of Real ID Shortcomings

The National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures issued a statement regarding the introduction of the Identification Security Enhancement Act of 2006


December 04, 2006

NGA Announces Innovation America Task Force

The task force, led by NGA Chair Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and NGA Vice Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, brings together a bipartisan group of governors and members of the academic and business communities to oversee efforts to strengthen the competitive position of the United States in the global economy by improving the nation's capacity to innovate.


November 27, 2006

NGA Center Releases Public Safety Interoperability Brief

To help governors address the urgent need for reliable communication in emergency situations, the NGA Center released an issue brief to guide governors in their efforts to improve wireless interoperability.


November 17, 2006

Newly Elected Governors Gather with Veteran Governors for Bipartisan Workshop

Newly elected governors from 10 states joined 13 veteran governors for the NGA Seminar for New Governors.


November 05, 2006

State Alliance for e-Health Names Lead Governors

The State Alliance provides a nationwide forum through which stakeholders can work together to identify inter- and intrastate-based HIT policies and best practices and explore solutions to programmatic and legal issues related to the exchange of health information.


October 18, 2006

NGA Center Announces State Alliance For e-Health

The NGA Center announced the creation of the State Alliance for e-Health, an initiative designed to improve the nation's health care system through health information technology.


October 03, 2006

Governors Achieve Partial Victory in Defense Authorization Bill; Seek Clarification of Presidential Power

Governors are pleased Congressional negotiators dropped a provision in the Defense Authorization bill that would permit the President to federalize the National Guard in a serious manmade or natural disaster, but troubled that federal decision makers continue to change national policy regarding the National Guard without first consulting with governors.


October 02, 2006

States Make Modest Expansions in Health Care Coverage

The most recent update of the Maternal and Child Health Update from the NGA Center shows the progress of state efforts to insure low-income women and children.


October 01, 2006

NGA Launches Major State Pandemic Preparedness Project

As U.S. and international health officials continue to monitor the spread of the H5N1 avian flu, the NGA Center is launching a major effort to help states prepare for all aspects of a potential influenza pandemic.


September 28, 2006

NGA Center Examines State Health Coverage Expansions and Premium Assistance Programs

Two new issue briefs from the NGA Center outline strategies for expanding health insurance coverage to low-income individuals and their families.


September 20, 2006

Real ID Will Cost States More than $11 Billion

A comprehensive analysis of the federal Real ID Act was released today, revealing a cost to states of more than $11 billion over five years.


September 12, 2006

Governors Urge Conferees to Strike Language Federalizing Guard, Reserves During Disasters

With House and Senate conferees about to wrap up work on the defense authorization bill, governors again express their strong opposition to language that would allow the President to federalize the National Guard or reserves.


September 10, 2006

Governors Named to NGA Public Safety Task Force

On the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America, NGA has announced the creation of a Public Safety Task Force in recognition of governors’ evolving role and responsibility in enhancing the safety of their states’ residents.


September 06, 2006

Governors' Homeland Security Advisors Council Elects Leadership; Sets Priorities

The executive committee of the newly created Governors' Homeland Security Advisors Council met for the first time recently in Charleston, S.C., to establish its priorities for the coming year and organize standing committees to focus on those priorities.


August 27, 2006

NGA Center Offers Strategies to Address the Economic Impact of Base Closures and Realignments

The NGA Center has released an issue brief to assist governors and other policymakers address the economic impact of military base closures and realignments.


August 16, 2006

NGA Center Examines Access to Benefits for Low-Income Families

A new issue brief from the NGA Center outlines strategies to reduce barriers and improve access to benefits and work supports for low-income families


August 14, 2006

NGA Awards Grants to Support Early Childhood

The NGA Center today announced Montana, New Jersey and South Carolina will receive $50,000 each to develop comprehensive, coordinated early childhood systems.


August 06, 2006

NGA Chooses New Executive, Standing Committee Leaders

The National Governors Association announced its new executive committee members; the leadership of NGA’s four standing committees; and members of the chair’s task force for the 2006-2007 year.


August 06, 2006

Education, Innovation Headline NGA Closing Plenary

The nation's governors made NGA history during their Annual Meeting. At the end of the session, which focused on education, creativity and innovation, the leadership gavel was passed to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. Gov. Napolitano becomes the first female governor to hold that position in the 98-year history of the association.


August 04, 2006

Governors Open NGA Annual Meeting in South Carolina

From the historic Charleston County Courthouse, NGA Chairman Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, NGA Vice Chair Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and host South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford welcomed the nation’s governors to Charleston today for the association’s 98th NGA Annual Meeting.


August 04, 2006

Health and Wellness Highlighted at Opening Plenary

The plenary opened with remarks by Gov. Huckabee, who reflected on the many accomplishments and outcomes of his initiative, which has focused on creating a culture of wellness through healthy eating habits, increased physical activity and prevention of obesity-related diseases.


July 31, 2006

Governors Oppose Federal Preemption of Authority over National Guard

The National Governors Association sent a letter expressing governors’ opposition to a provision in the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the President to federalize the National Guard of the states without the consent of the governor.


July 27, 2006

NGA Center Awards Grants for Healthy States

To help governors continue their sustained commitments to improve healthy lifestyles and wellness efforts among Americans, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has awarded Healthy States grants of up to $100,000 to 13 states.


July 25, 2006

Governors Urge Student Engagement in Science Careers

Recognizing science education and a well-trained science workforce are keys to the nation’s global competitiveness, governors will discuss strategies to attract students to science careers in their states at the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting.


July 25, 2006

Governors to Examine Expanded Use of Alternative Fuels

With much of the nation’s energy policy focused on reducing gas prices and finding alternatives to foreign oil imports, governors will explore opportunities to promote the use of alternative fuels during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting.


July 25, 2006

Governors To Discuss Health Care Reform

When the nation’s governors gather later this week in Charleston, S.C., for the National Governors Association’s (NGA) 98th Annual Meeting, they will focus on continuing efforts to lower health care costs while ultimately improving the quality of health care for everyone.


July 25, 2006

Governors to Discuss Telecommunications Reforms

The nation’s governors will discuss the key role of states in developing innovative telecommunication reforms that encourage investment, competition and deployment during the upcoming NGA Annual Meeting.


July 24, 2006

NGA Center Announces Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grants

Alabama, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana and Washington have been selected to receive $50,000 each for wireless communications planning projects to be completed by July 2007.


July 24, 2006

Nation's Governors to Honor Eight for Service to States

The National Governors Association will honor seven outstanding individuals and one organization at its upcoming 98th Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. The Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government will be presented August 5, during the meeting’s opening plenary session.


July 23, 2006

NGA Opposes Business Activity Tax Legislation

The National Governors Association (NGA) today reiterated its strong opposition to H.R. 1956, the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act (BAT), an unfunded mandate that would cost states more than $6 billion annually.


July 23, 2006

Healthy Lifestyles, Education Efforts Headline Governors Meeting

The nation’s governors will gather in Charleston, South Carolina, August 4-7, for the 98th Annual Meeting of the National Governors Association. Hosted by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, the four-day meeting will focus on the state of health care and education in the United States.


July 18, 2006

Malcolm Woolf Joins National Governors Association

The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce Malcolm Woolf has been named director of the Natural Resources Committee.


July 17, 2006

NGA Center Releases Pandemic Primer

Recognizing that aggressive, comprehensive planning at the state level will be essential to effectively manage a pandemic influenza or other widespread disease outbreak, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has released "Preparing for a Pandemic Influenza: A Primer for Governors and Senior State Officials."


July 11, 2006

NGA Center Recommends Homeland Security Technology Strategies

Technology-based information and communications tools are vital resources in disaster management, according to a new issue brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.


July 04, 2006

Governors Urge Students To Apply For $790 Million In New Grants

The nation's governors today urged qualified Pell Grant-eligible students to apply for new grants worth between $750 and $4,000 that will help make college more affordable. The new Academic Competitiveness (AC) grants and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) grants provide $790 million in funding for this fall and $4.5 billion over the next five years.


June 25, 2006

NGA Center Announces Justice Information Grants

To support states in improving their justice information sharing programs, the NGA Center has awarded six grants to help states electronically share critical public safety information among law enforcement, courts, and corrections systems


June 22, 2006

Foster Care Transitioning Focus of Yearlong NGA Policy Academy

The NGA Center for Best Practices announced six states—California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and South Carolina—have been selected to participate in the Policy Academy on Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care.


June 20, 2006

NGA Opposes Preemption of State Authority on Telecommunications

Governors oppose Congressional efforts to preempt state authority in the Communications, Consumers’ Choice and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006.


June 14, 2006

NGA Center Outlines Challenges, Opportunities for State Welfare Programs

A new issue brief from the NGA Center helps governors and their staff understand changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and develop strategies to implement those changes.


June 12, 2006

States Experience Healthy Economic Conditions, Remain Fiscally Responsible

While states continue to enjoy relatively stable and healthy fiscal conditions, they remain wary of future expenditure pressures and the expectation of more moderate revenue growth, according to the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers.


June 11, 2006

Governors Urge Reforms to Improve Long-Term Care for Seniors

As part of their continued efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of the Medicaid program, the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Medicaid working group today advocated for additional reforms that would improve long-term care services for seniors.


May 31, 2006

NGA Creates State Homeland Security Advisors Council

As part of their ongoing effort to ensure states are prepared to respond to terrorist attacks and natural disasters, the nation's governors today announced a major step to enhance readiness and help keep America safe and secure.


May 24, 2006

Governors Applaud Department of Education's Clarification of Academic Competitiveness Grants Criteria

The National Governors Association (NGA) today applauded the Department of Education’s decision to clarify eligibility requirements for Academic Competitiveness (AC) Grants, a move requested by governors in a letter last week.


May 22, 2006

Thirty-Four States Selected for Subcontracts to Examine Privacy Issues Linked to Creation of National Health Information Network

The NGA Center today announced that subcontracts have been offered to 34 states and territories by RTI International to participate in an effort to address privacy issues associated with the proposed creation of a National Health Information Network.


May 15, 2006

Governors Focused on Boosting State Competitiveness

A new issue brief from the NGA Center for Best Practices examines governors’ economic development initiatives launched over the last year, which continued to focus on creating quality jobs and boosting the economic competitiveness of their states.


May 14, 2006

NGA Center Policy Academy To Assist Governors In Improving Health Care Quality

Ten states and territories have been selected to participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Policy Academy on Health Care Quality Improvement.


May 09, 2006

NGA Center Provides Resources to Build Early Childhood Education System

The NGA Center today announced a new initiative to propel state actions to build comprehensive, coordinated state early childhood systems for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.


May 03, 2006

Governors Grateful for Senate Approval of $650 Million for Education of Hurricane-Displaced Students

A supplemental appropriations bill approved by the U.S. Senate includes $650 million to reimburse states for the cost of educating K-12 students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years.


May 02, 2006

NGA Applauds Timely Release of Education Grant Guidelines

The National Governors Association applauds the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of student eligibility guidelines to implement Academic Competitiveness Grants and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants for the upcoming 2006-2007 school year.


April 30, 2006

Governors Mark Healthy America Week as NGA Unveils Online Survey and Grant Program

The nation’s governors are coordinating efforts to promote healthy living and active lifestyles as part of Healthy America week.


April 16, 2006

Nation's Governors Celebrate “Healthy America Week"

Capitalizing on the momentum of NGA Chairman Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Healthy America initiative, NGA is urging governors across the nation to coordinate efforts for Healthy America week. Scheduled for May 1-5, NGA encourages states to join forces in promoting healthy living through proactive health-related events.


April 16, 2006

New NGA Center Brief Focuses On Privacy And Criminal Justice Information Systems

A new National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) issue brief examines the impact of recent advances in justice information sharing on privacy protections.


March 29, 2006

NGA Opposes Business Activity Tax

The National Governors Association called on the House Judiciary Committee to "vigorously oppose" legislation that imposes a federal physical presence standard for determining when a state may tax a company that earns income within its borders.


March 27, 2006

NGA Center Awards Grants for Technology Integration

To encourage justice information sharing among the states, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has awarded a second round of $50,000 Policy Academy grants to five states.


March 23, 2006

NGA Sends TANF Recommendations to HHS Secretary

The National Governors Association task force on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has offered guidance to Secretary Leavitt on changes to the program.


March 12, 2006

NGA Center Offers Strategies for Compatible Development Near Military Bases

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has released an issue brief to assist governors and other policymakers who wish to prevent encroachment around military installations by promoting compatible development.


March 12, 2006

NGA Announces Task Force on TANF

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced an 8-member Task Force on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).


March 09, 2006

State Use of EITC is Focus of New NGA Center Issue Brief

A new National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) issue brief, State Efforts to Support Low-Income Families and Communities Through the Earned Income Tax Credit, describes state strategies to increase awareness and use of Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal tax benefit for people earning fewer than $35,000 per year.


February 14, 2006

Governors to Examine Emerging Energy Technologies

With an eye toward reducing and stabilizing energy prices, governors will explore emerging energy technologies during the upcoming 2006 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.


February 14, 2006

Governors to Discuss State Economic Development Strategies

During the upcoming 2006 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which kicks off later this month, the nation’s governors will discuss the key role states can play in fostering a competitive economic climate and innovation in the global economy.


February 14, 2006

Governors to Examine New Medicaid Reform Opportunities For States

The nation’s governors will discuss opportunities for states stemming from new federal Medicaid reforms during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which takes place later this month.


February 14, 2006

Governors Set to Discuss International Education

During the upcoming 2006 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which begins later this month, the nation’s governors will hold a discussion about the importance of international K-12 education in a global economy.


February 13, 2006

A "Healthy America" Tops Governors' Meeting Agenda

The nation's governors will gather in Washington, D.C. this weekend for the 2006 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting and Healthy America Forum.


February 06, 2006

NGA Announces Executive Committee, Standing Committee Appointment

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced changes in its leadership following the recent gubernatorial elections.


January 31, 2006

NGA Center to Co-host Education Data Summit

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) will be joined by the U.S. Department of Education and the Florida Department of Education to host By the Numbers: A National Education Data Summit.


December 19, 2005

Fiscal Conditions Rebound, Modest Growth Expected

States experienced marked fiscal improvement in 2005 but remain cautious about the future, according to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).


October 16, 2005

Adolescent Literacy Needs Improvement in Information Age

States committed to providing literacy instruction for students from kindergarten through high school are best equipped to prepare all students for today’s global information economy, according to a report from the NGA Center for Best Practices released today.


October 12, 2005

Gov. Huckabee and Gov. Vilsack Visit Iowa Middle School

As part of his Healthy America initiative, NGA Chairman Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and students and faculty at Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines to discuss their successful school wellness program.


October 05, 2005

Governors Huckabee & Sanford Participate in Health Fair to Highlight Community Wellness

As part of his Healthy America: Wellness Where We Live, Work and Learn initiative, NGA Chairman Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will join South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and hundreds of South Carolinians in Charleston today at a free community health fair.


August 30, 2005

Arts Help States Reap Rural Economic Gains

States are turning to arts-based economic development strategies to revive rural economies stung by geographic isolation, infrastructure deficiencies and the flight of skilled workers to big cities, according to a new issue brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.


May 31, 2005

NGA Statement on Medicaid

The Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) today voted unanimously to adopt a new interim policy on comprehensive Medicaid reform.


May 12, 2005

NGA Statement on Passage of REAL ID

The nation's governors continue to oppose the REAL ID provisions included in the Emergency Supplemental bill that passed the House and Senate.


December 22, 2004

Governors to Administration and Congress: Reform Medicaid

Calling Medicaid reform the top priority for governors, the National Governors Association (NGA) today urged the Administration and Congress to work with governors to enact reforms that will create savings for both states and the federal government. The letter states that reform should not be part of the fiscal year 2006 budget reduction and reconciliation process, especially if it does nothing more than shift additional costs to states.


December 20, 2004

Governors Meet With Government and Communications Industry Leaders

In an effort to begin a conversation about reforming and modernizing state and local tax laws, the nation's governors and other state and local government representatives met here last week with CEOs from the communications industry.


December 15, 2004

Spending Pressures Continue Despite Revenue Growth

Despite the gradual improvement in the nation's economy, states, increasingly burdened by rising health care and Medicaid costs, continue to recover slowly from the worst fiscal crisis in the last six decades, according to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).


November 19, 2004

Governors Commend Passage of Special Education Law

The National Governors Association (NGA) praised Congress today for its overwhelming bipartisan passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorization, one of the top legislative priorities for governors across the country.


November 18, 2004

Governors Praise Passage Of Reasonable Internet Access Tax Moratorium

The National Governors Association (NGA) today applauded Congress for adopting the Senate's modified legislation (S. 150) that renews the moratorium on Internet access taxes through 2007.


November 11, 2004

Election Over, Newly Elected Governors Gather for Bipartisan Workshops

Newly elected governors from five states join 10 veteran governors today for the biennial three-day Seminar for New Governors, a unique meeting hosted by the National Governors Association (NGA) to help governors-elect prepare for life as a state chief executive.


November 10, 2004

NGA Chairman Brings High School Initiative to Ohio

To ensure the voices and ideas of students, parents and teachers are heard in the drive to overhaul America's high schools, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft will host a town hall meeting here tonight with National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.


November 09, 2004

2004 Annual Housing Conference Links Housing Policy Issues With Education, Health Care, Economic Development

The 2004 Annual Housing Conference jointly sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation and NGA Center for Best Practices convened governors, state cabinet officials, housing practitioners, researchers, and other experts to discuss state policy innovations and solutions.


November 09, 2004

Governors Target Nation's Housing Crunch

Governors are increasingly linking innovative housing strategies with broader economic and development policies to make housing more available and affordable for all, according to a new NGA issue brief .


October 21, 2004

Report: Aging Boomers to Alter Nation's Landscape

Today, 35 million Americans are 65 or older. In less than eight years, those numbers will more than double as 78 million baby boomers begin reaching retirement age. As America's population continues to mature, states must prepare for unprecedented challenges while looking for new ways to meet the evolving needs of their seniors, according to a new report released by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices.


October 17, 2004

NGA, Achieve to Host National Education Summit on High Schools

The 2005 summit will address the need to improve America's high schools, to increase graduation rates and ensure that high school prepares students to succeed in college and the workplace.


October 11, 2004

Medicaid Squeezes State Budgets

Medicaid is consuming a larger share of states' budgets, leaving less money for other programs, including education, according to new figures released today by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).


October 06, 2004

Governors Congratulate House on Bipartisan Bill to Help Teachers

The National Governors Association (NGA) today applauded the House passage of legislation to significantly expand loan forgiveness for math, science and special education teachers by eliminating millions of dollars in excess subsidies to private loan providers.


August 26, 2004

States Pooling Resources for Prescription Drugs

States are increasingly joining forces to develop and implement innovative and creative strategies to combat the rising cost of prescription drugs, according to an issue brief released today by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices.


August 16, 2004

Mississippi to Host NGA 2006 Annual Meeting

NGA has announced that Biloxi, Mississippi will host the governors' 98th Annual Meeting in 2006. This marks the first time NGA will hold its Annual Meeting in the state since 1935


August 15, 2004

Governors to Mark Launch of National Preparedness Month

NGA has joined a coalition of more than 50 national organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the United States Chamber of Commerce, to engage Americans in emergency preparedness by launching National Preparedness Month on September 9, 2004.


July 16, 2004

Governors Open 96th Annual Meeting in Seattle

With spectacular vistas of the world-famous Space Needle and the Seattle skyline in the background, National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, joined by NGA Vice Chairman Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and host Washington Gov. Gary Locke, welcomed the nation's governors to the Emerald City today for the association's 96th Annual Meeting.


July 14, 2004

Governors to Examine Environmental Policies, Progress

During the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) 96th Annual Meeting in Seattle, the nation's governors will discuss the progress of several key pieces of federal environmental legislation that Congress has passed in the last three decades, and the impact these policies continue to have on states today.


July 14, 2004

Governors to Address Uninsured Challenges

In an attempt to combat the growing numbers of uninsured Americans, the nation's governors will meet at the National Governors Association (NGA) 96th Annual Meeting in Seattle to explore strategies that make quality health care affordable and accessible for all Americans.


July 14, 2004

Governors Aim to Improve State Competitiveness

In the face of rapid technological evolution that has made the nation's economy a global marketplace, the nation's governors are preparing to discuss strategies to improve their own economies, modernize state industry, and increase the competitiveness of their state's workforce during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) 96th Annual Meeting in Seattle.


July 14, 2004

Governors Look to Bridge High School Achievement Gap

Looking to reduce dropout rates and expand learning options for all students, the nation's governors are preparing to discuss specific solutions to improve America's high schools during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) 96th Annual Meeting in Seattle.


July 08, 2004

Governors Set to Make America 'Elder-Ready,' Address Health Care Reform

Themed 'A Vision for Tomorrow,' the 96th Annual Meeting of the nation's governors promises to explore forward-thinking solutions to the health care challenges facing America today, when the National Governors Association (NGA) convenes in Seattle July 17-19.


July 05, 2004

NGA to Assist States Develop Community-based Care Options at Policy Academy

The NGA Center for Best Practices announced today that is has selected eight states to participate in Rebalancing Long-Term Care Systems Toward Quality Community Living and Healthy Aging, a new NGA policy academy. Through the academy, NGA experts will work with high-level state teams from Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Vermont and Virginia to help build customized strategies to increase community-living options and decrease the need for institutional care.


July 01, 2004

Nation's Governors Salute Ohio Public Servant

Samuel W. Speck, the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will be among seven individuals and one organization honored for their distinguished service and invaluable contributions to state government at the National Governors Association's (NGA) 2004 Annual Meeting in Seattle later this month.


July 01, 2004

Nation's Governors Salute Virginian for Public Service

Virginia Secretary of Finance John M. Bennett will be among seven individuals and one organization honored for their distinguished service and invaluable contributions to state government at the National Governors Association's (NGA) 2004 Annual Meeting in Seattle later this month.


July 01, 2004

Nation's Governors Salute Kansan for Public Service

Joseph F. Harkins, the acting director of the Kansas Water Office, will be among seven individuals and one organization honored for their distinguished service and invaluable contributions to state government at the National Governors Association's (NGA) 2004 Annual Meeting in Seattle later this month.


July 01, 2004

Nation's Governors Honor Two Guam Residents

Dr. Michael W. Cruz, a colonel and surgeon in the Army National Guard, and Judy Flores, a local artist who founded the Gef Pa'go Chamorro Cultural Village, are among seven individuals and one organization to be honored for their distinguished service and invaluable contributions to state government at the National Governors Association's (NGA) 2004 Annual Meeting in Seattle later this month.


July 01, 2004

Governors Salute Michigan Businessman For Public Service

Fred P. Keller, the founder and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering, will be among seven individuals and one organization honored for their distinguished service and invaluable contributions to state government at the National Governors Association's (NGA) 2004 Annual Meeting in Seattle later this month.


July 01, 2004

Minnesota Doubly Honored by Nation's Governors

At the upcoming National Governors Association's (NGA) 2004 Annual Meeting, Thomas H. Swain, a longtime public servant, and the Children's Theatre Company, a Twin Cities treasure and nationally renowned youth theater company, will both be honored for their continuing efforts and outstanding contributions to enhance Minnesota's quality of life.


July 01, 2004

Nation's Governors Salute Eight For Public Service

The National Governors Association (NGA) will honor seven outstanding individuals and one organization at its upcoming 96th Annual Meeting in Seattle. The Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government will be presented July 18, during the meeting's opening plenary session.


June 21, 2004

Long-Term Care Insurance Benefits States, Seniors

The National Governors Association (NGA) called on Congress today to support swift passage of a bill allowing states to develop long-term care insurance partnerships that would expand the number of services available to America's seniors and reduce the strain on already cash-strapped state Medicaid budgets.


June 16, 2004

Governors Commend Homeland Security Funding Report

The nation's governors welcomed the final report of the Homeland Security Funding Task Force, which was released today, detailing the grant funding process for first responders and applauded the series of recommendations that should streamline and accelerate current improvements to the way federal funds are dispersed to state and local governments.


May 19, 2004

Governors Oppose HHS Plan to Divert Bioterrorism Funds

Calling it a threat to states' ongoing homeland security efforts, the National Governors Association (NGA) yesterday voiced strong opposition to the decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to divert delivery of states' bioterrorism preparedness funds.


May 10, 2004

Governors Oppose Association Health Plans

Calling it harmful to consumers, the National Governors Association (NGA) in a press conference here today reiterated its opposition to the proposed House bill exempting Association Health Plans (AHPs) from state health care protections and regulations. The legislation would raise already skyrocketing health care premiums on our most vulnerable populations while watering down states' existing financial oversight and consumer protection measures.


May 05, 2004

Governors Urge Congress to Pass 4-Year Moratorium on Internet Taxes

The National Governors Association on May 6 called on the House of Representatives to adopt legislation passed last week by the Senate that puts in place a four-year moratorium on Internet access taxes.


May 02, 2004

Potholes Remain on States' Road to Recovery

While the national economy shows signs of improvement, states still face an uphill battle to recover from the worst fiscal crisis in the last 60 years, according to a survey released here today by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).


April 26, 2004

Governors Provide Blueprints for New Wireless 911 Services

As federal regulators meet here to discuss coordinating the rollout of enhanced 911 or E9-1-1, governors have been recognized for leading state efforts to develop innovative strategies to implement the life-saving wireless technology, according to a new report by the NGA Center for Best Practices.


March 31, 2004

NGA Opposes Association Health Plans

Calling it a threat to consumers, the National Governors Association (NGA) today reiterated its opposition to the proposed Senate bill exempting Association Health Plans (AHPs) from state health care protections and regulations. The legislation would raise already skyrocketing health care premiums on our most vulnerable populations while watering down states' existing financial oversight and consumer protection measures.


March 24, 2004

States Boost Public Safety with Information-Sharing Projects

Police officers, court administrators, parole officers and other criminal justice officials in 26 states are improving their ability to share information such as arrest records and fingerprints in an effort to prevent crime, the NGA Center for Best Practices has announced.


March 16, 2004

NGA: Rule Change Harms States, Consumers

The National Governors Association (NGA) reiterated its opposition to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) new rules on National Bank Preemption and Visitorial Powers. These rules shift power from states to federal banking regulators, and put consumers at risk with watered down federal laws.


March 11, 2004

Governors Emphasize Jobs, Health Care, Education

Governors continue to deal with tight budgets in 2004 while concentrating on workforce, health care and education issues, but a majority describe a more optimistic economic climate than they did a year ago, according to a new analysis, sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, of governors state-of-the-state addresses.


March 09, 2004

NGA Releases Governor's Guide to Strengthening State Entrepreneurship Policy

The NGA Center for Best Practices today announced the release of A Governor?s Guide to Strengthening State Entrepreneurship Policy to assist governors in establishing and implementing policies that will support the growth of entrepreneurial firms in their states.


March 02, 2004

Governors Eye New Frontier of Telecommunications

With the advancement and expansion of Internet telephone technology challenging the very nature of intrastate telecommunications and traditional telephone regulations, the nation's governors addressed the future of the industry and its impact on the states during the recently concluded National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington.


March 02, 2004

NGA Spotlights Home Health Care

In the face of rising health care costs and a growing aging population, the nation's governors took a closer look at the latest in home health care options for Americans during the recently completed National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington.


March 02, 2004

Governors Explore Endangered Species Act

With an eye toward the future, governors looked back on the 30-year history of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at a panel discussion during the four-day National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting that wrapped up here earlier recently.


March 02, 2004

Governors Look To Increase Student Achievement

During the recent National Governors Association's (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington, the nation's governors discussed strategies for states to better prepare all students for readiness and success in college and the increasingly competitive high-tech workforce.


February 21, 2004

Healthy Aging Report and CD-ROM Released at NGA Winter Meeting

At the opening plenary of the 2004 NGA Winter Meeting, NGA Chairman Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne released the first report from his A Lifetime of Health and Dignity: Confronting Long-Term Care Challenges in America initiative.


February 20, 2004

Governors Offer Best Line of Defense

In a briefing sponsored by the NGA, state homeland security chiefs set the record straight about the current multi-year funding allocation for the first responder grant program, saying it establishes the safest and most strategic security structure for all Americans.


February 20, 2004

NGA Welcomes 50 Governors to 2004 Winter Meeting

The nation's governors gathered in Washington, DC Feb. 21-24 prepared to focus on critical state issues that will be considered by Congress during the upcoming session, such as highway funding, welfare reform, Medicaid, and education. The governors also met with President Bush and members of the cabinet as well as leaders from both the House and Senate.


February 19, 2004

NGA Eyes New Frontier of Telecommunications

With the advancement and expansion of Internet telephone technology challenging the very nature of intrastate telecommunications and traditional telephone regulations, the nation's governors are preparing to address the future of the industry and its impact on the states during the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington.


February 19, 2004

Governors Work to Shore Up Education Pipeline

During the upcoming National Governors Association's (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington, the nation's governors will discuss ways states can better prepare all students for readiness and success in college and the increasingly competitive workforce.


February 19, 2004

States Find Voice in Endangered Species Debate

On the 30 year anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the nation's governors will discuss the species recovery record of the ESA while highlighting the need for better cooperation between states and the federal government as well as local landowners, during the upcoming National Governors Association's (NGA) Winter Meeting.


February 19, 2004

NGA to Shine Spotlight on Home Healthcare

In the face of rising health care costs and a growing aging population, the nation's governors will take a closer look at the latest in home health care options for Americans during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.


February 19, 2004

Governor Hoeven Takes Charge of NGA Health Committee

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven has been named chair of the committee, which seeks to heighten awareness of and advocate state health care issues on Capitol Hill.


February 16, 2004

Long-Term Care, Manufacturing, Legislative Issues Top Agenda for NGA Winter Meeting

The nation's governors will gather at the JW Marriott Hotel on Saturday for four days of meetings with the President, Cabinet, Members of Congress, business leaders, and other experts for bipartisan discussions of common challenges facing states. Among the major topics addressed at plenary sessions were long-term care and aging; technology, productivity, and U.S. manufacturing capacity; and critical issues in the second session of the 108th Congress.


February 08, 2004

NGA Names Gerard Murphy Homeland Security and Technology Division Director

NGA announced that Gerard 'Jerry' Murphy has joined its Center for Best Practices as director of the Homeland Security and Technology Division. The division focuses on helping states prepare for and respond to natural disasters, bioterrorism, agroterrorism, cyberterrorism, and nuclear and radiological threats. It also assists state efforts to protect critical infrastructure and develop interoperable communications capabilities.


February 02, 2004

Kevin Silard Named Director of NGA Corporate Relations

NGA today announced that Kevin Silard has been promoted to director of its Office of Corporate Relations. He had been associate director. In his new position, Silard is responsible for the management of NGA's Corporate Fellows Program.


February 02, 2004

NGA Launches Governors Legacy Project

NGA launched a user-friendly comprehensive database of all past and present U.S. governors. Called the "Governors Legacy Project," this service allows users to search for valuable information about governors.


February 01, 2004

Governors Named to Leadership Posts

The National Governors Association today announced that Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has been appointed to serve on NGA's Executive Committee and that New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey has been chosen to chair the recently created Education, Early Childhood, and Workforce committee. The association also released the names of lead governors on issues pertaining to the federal budget.


January 11, 2004

Virginia Governor Mark Warner Named NGA Vice Chairman

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner has been selected as the vice chairman of the National Governors Association, the association announced. As vice chairman, Gov. Warner will also lead NGA's Center for Best Practices, the nation's leading authority on state innovation.


October 22, 2003

New Report Offers Ideas About How to Improve 'Education Pipeline'

To improve students' chances for success, governors and state policymakers are encouraged to align high school curriculum, graduation standards and assessments with the expectations of colleges and employers. That's just one of a series of recommendations in a new policy guide released Oct. 23 by the NGA Center for Best Practices and Jobs for the Future.


September 03, 2003

NGA Releases Higher Expectations II; Part Of Multiyear 'Influencing The Future Of Higher Education' Effort

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices today announced the release of Higher Expectations II, the second series of essays in its multiyear effort to promote state economic competitiveness through stronger postsecondary education systems. NGA's Influencing the Future of Higher Education initiative, which began in 2001, explores critical higher education policy issues and best practices from other states, nations, and the private sector.


August 16, 2003

Turning Around Low-Performing Schools Subject of Opening Plenary at NGA Annual Meeting

The opening plenary session of the 95th National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting will focus on turning around low-performing schools, which is the theme of Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton's year-long NGA chairman's initiative.


July 23, 2003

NGA Selects States to Develop Prisoner Reentry Strategies at Policy Academy

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices announced July 24 that it has selected seven states to participate in its Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy.


March 26, 2003

Preferred Drug Lists Help States Better Manage Care and Contain Costs, NGA Report Finds

With states facing a continuing fiscal crisis, brought on in part by skyrocketing health care costs, a new NGA report profiles state successes with implementing and administering Preferred Drug Lists (PDLs) as a cost-containment strategy.


March 10, 2003

Clusters, Entrepreneurship, Value-Added Agriculture Keys to Rural Economies, NGA Issue Brief Says

A new NGA report has identified three promising strategies - which build on states' inherent regional strengths - to help governors create dynamic rural economies. The paper, "Innovative State Policy Options to Promote Rural Economic Development," concludes that states that support "industry clusters," promote entrepreneurship, and encourage value-added agriculture and agricultural diversification efforts, will be well positioned to create sustainable and replicable economic development.


February 23, 2003

Health Plans Should Be Subject To State Regulation, Governors Say

NGA's Human Resources Committee reminded Congress during its Winter Meeting here that it should not exempt Association Health Plans from patient protections and other critical state insurance reforms.


February 03, 2003

NGA Addresses Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response at Policy Summit in Washington

Citing the need for continued state and federal bioterrorism preparedness, response, and mitigation coordination, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced that representatives from 47 states and territories met February 5 and 6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington for an NGA Bioterrorism Policy summit.


December 13, 2001

NGA Chairman Michigan Governor John Engler Launches Major Initiative on State Competitiveness

NGA Chairman Gov. John Engler launched 'State Leadership in the Global Economy' a new NGA initiative on competitiveness, Thursday, December 13, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.


July 23, 2001

26 States to be Awarded 16 Million to Implement Justice Information Sharing Initiatives

The. U.S. Department of Justice will award $16.4 million to 26 states to help them integrate their IT systems to allow justice officials to share information.


June 14, 2001

Governors Urge Consumer Protections for Health Insurance Plans

Governor oppose proposed legislation that would open up health care plans to fraud and abuse and increase premiums.


May 22, 2001

New NGA Report Declares Education Reform 'Within Reach'

The National Governors Association (NGA), along with a coalition of educational organizations, has released a new report addressing education standards in the states titled, "Within Reach: Realizing the Vision of High Standards."