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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Council of Governors Holds 29th Plenary Meeting

Council of Governors Holds 29th Plenary Meeting

The 29th Plenary meeting of the Council of Governors was held yesterday, July 11, 2024, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Council serves as a forum for 10 presidentially appointed, ...
Federal Agency Representatives Join 2024 NGA Summer Meeting

Federal Agency Representatives Join 2024 NGA Summer Meeting

At the 2024 NGA Summer Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, representatives from multiple federal agencies held meetings with Governors’ staff members to focus on coordination between state and federal ...
Disagree Better – A More Perfect Union

Disagree Better – A More Perfect Union

The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution opens with a powerful declaration of purpose that is, perhaps, the most succinct definition of the American experiment. In the event that you didn’t ...

Let’s Get Ready

All Americans should have access to education that prepares them for success in life. As the world changes and technology evolves, ensuring all students graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary for success is increasingly critical for our nation’s economic competitiveness.

As Governors, we lead states facing economic opportunities but also challenges, shortages in workforce, skills mismatch, and widening opportunity gaps that limit true economic mobility for Americans. We must take these indicators as a call to action.

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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 ...
Defining and Measuring Quality in Work-Based Learning

Defining and Measuring Quality in Work-Based Learning

This February 12, 2019 webinar featured a presentation by the Urban Institute on defining and measuring high-quality work-based learning, and ...
Gubernatorial Education Policy Transition Memo

Gubernatorial Education Policy Transition Memo

Summary The gubernatorial education policy transition memo and executive summary entitled "Leveraging Transition: Ten Ways for New Governors to Advance ...
Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning to discuss the Strengthening Career and Technical Education

Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning to discuss the Strengthening Career and Technical Education

During the webinar, state leaders from the Parents and Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network (PACTT Network) shared how ...
Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative 

Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative 

Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative January 7-9, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana NGA Center Education Division hosted its Integrating ...

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