The NGA Center for Best Practices teams and divisions develop innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public policy challenges. The center is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation’s governors.

Coronavirus Response

Governors have been on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus and our experts have been tracking state actions and identifying solutions to address both the public health and economic aspect of this crisis.

For more please see our coronavirus response page or view some of the memo we have prepared for governors as they respond to these crises.

Most Recent Memos

  • Policy Scan of States Driver’s License Rules Ahead of the Election
    The following document is intended to provide references to state statutes, regulations, executive orders, policies, and other resources that are currently in the public domain. This document is not an exhaustive list. This document primarily draws from publicly available information and, therefore, may not fully reflect the policy or practices of states […]
  • Guidance on Reopening Businesses
    As stay-at-home orders are being lifted and as pressure mounts to reopen businesses, states should consider the types of regulations they will enforce and guidance they will provide to businesses in order to ensure a safe reopening of the economy. These regulations and guidance should take into account how the unique operations […]
  • Protests, Policing, and COVID-19
    This memorandum provides strategies for Governors to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 during protests while protecting public safety. (View/Download) Background In recent months, mass gatherings in the form of protests and demonstrations have occurred across the country. People have gathered to protest COVID-19 restrictions and closure orders as well as to […]
  • State Workforce Development System Partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation Services to Address the Needs of People with Disabilities Impacted by COVID-19
    (View/Download) Summary This memo describes ways that state Vocational Rehabilitation services (VR) programs are collaborating with state workforce development agencies and with state and local workforce development boards in response to COVID-19. Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) authorizes the state VR program as a critical partner to […]
  • State & Territory Policy Strategies Supporting Maternal & Child Health During COVID-19
    (View/Download) In June and July of 2020, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) surveyed executive branch officials regarding state policies to safeguard against COVID-19 for pregnant women, postpartum women, and infants. Thirtyeight states and territories representing politically and geographically diverse jurisdictions completed this survey, giving a broad picture […]

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Meetings Materials


State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now


The State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now presents three transformational objectives necessary to truly reimagine workforce policy and prepare all current and future workers for success in a technology-rich economy. To explore policy pathways that help achieve each transformation, use the arrows to rotate the policy pathways wheel and click “explore” to dive deeper. You’ll be able to learn more about each policy pathway and have access to over 150 state examples of how other states are using these policy pathways to achieve their education and workforce development goals.

DOWNLOAD: State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now