NGA Center for Best Practices

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.

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CJPA Briefing on Considerations for Women in Correctional Settings

CJPA Briefing on Considerations for Women in Correctional Settings

On Thursday, May 23rd, the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted its monthly briefing for the Criminal Justice Policy Advisors (CJPA) network. The briefing discussed policy considerations for women in state ...
Governor Cox and Governor Lee on Disagreeing Better

Governor Cox and Governor Lee on Disagreeing Better

In May, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hosted a convening in Nashville for Utah Governor Cox’s NGA Chair’s Initiative: Disagree Better. The theme of the meeting was building dialogue skills and ...
Roundtable on Energy Resilience and Security for Territories and Islanded Communities

Roundtable on Energy Resilience and Security for Territories and Islanded Communities

Every aspect of modern life depends on a reliable, affordable supply of energy. Energy powers our telecommunications networks, fuels our vehicles, and keeps the lights on and equipment working at ...
Disagree Better Panelists Highlight Ways to Help Students Have Healthier Conversations

Disagree Better Panelists Highlight Ways to Help Students Have Healthier Conversations

On May 14, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hosted NGA Chair Utah Governor Spencer Cox for a convening in Nashville in support of Governor Cox’s NGA Chair’s Initiative: Disagree Better. Disagree ...

Disagree Better

Americans need to disagree better. And by that we don’t mean that we need to be nicer to each other, although that’s helpful. We need to learn to disagree in a way that allows us to find solutions and solve problems instead of endlessly bickering.

The “exhausted majority” of Americans want this, and the science is clear about interventions that reduce polarization. As doers and builders, Governors are in a unique position to model what healthy conflict looks like.

Governor Spencer Cox’s Disagree Better NGA Chair’s initiative looks at the problems of polarization, elevates the solutions that groups around the country are already implementing, and features Governors showing what disagreeing better looks like. Through public debates, service projects, public service announcements and a variety of other tactics, Americans will see a more positive and optimistic way of working through our problems.

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West Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop |

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the West Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop in Seattle, WA ...

Global Energy Solutions Summit

NGA Solutions and NGA Global, in collaboration with the Embassies of Denmark, Canada and Australia, hosted this summit to help ...

Improving the Health and Well-Being of the Nation’s Aging Population: Considerations for Governors

Improving the Health and Well-Being of the Nation’s Aging Population: Considerations for Governors provides considerations for governors and state leaders ...

Broadband Deployment: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Programs

This webinar will features a presentation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on rural broadband deployment programs and resources ...

New Governors Energy Policy Advisers Webinar (Part 1)

NGA’s Energy, Infrastructure & Environment (EIE) Division hosted a series of events in 2019 for new energy advisers. During this ...
State Highlight: Louisiana’s Efforts to Develop and Support School Leaders

State Highlight: Louisiana’s Efforts to Develop and Support School Leaders

During this webinar the division connected with Donald Songy from Governor John Bel Edwards’ Office and Hannah Dietsch from the ...

Southeast Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Southeast Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop in Nashville, TN ...
Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector

Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector

A partnership between NGA Solutions, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies ...

The Growing Importance of the Arts to Rural America

Published in Governing. We're all too familiar with the stories of rural areas that didn't rebound from the last recession, ...
Braiding Funding and Leveraging Untapped Funding Streams to Support Work-Based Learning

Braiding Funding and Leveraging Untapped Funding Streams to Support Work-Based Learning

This February 28, 2019 webinar featured: a presentation from National Skills Coalition, a state spotlight on Alabama, and an asset ...

This Is What Leadership Looks Like

Originally published in The Hill. By Scott D. Pattison As federal government dysfunction led to a record partial government shutdown, ...

The Future of the Interstate Highway System

This webinar will discuss the findings and recommendations presented in a new Congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of ...

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