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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Comprehensive Energy Planning 101

Comprehensive Energy Planning 101

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) are conducting a series of webinars on various aspects of the comprehensive state energy planning process ...
Disagree Better Speakers Share Tips for Constructive Disagreement

Disagree Better Speakers Share Tips for Constructive Disagreement

“Be curious before deciding to be furious.” Delivering a keynote address at the Nashville Disagree Better convening, Moral Courage Network’s Founder and CEO Irshad Manji summed up the message at ...
Membership Monthly – May 2024

Membership Monthly – May 2024

Updates from the NGA Membership Team for May 2024. For more about the programs below and a list of upcoming events please email us at: membership@nga.org. May Spotlight Nation’s Governors ...
Congressional Briefing on Building Readiness and Strengthening Resiliency to Combat Disasters and Emerging Threats

Congressional Briefing on Building Readiness and Strengthening Resiliency to Combat Disasters and Emerging Threats

On May 7, 2024, the NGA Public Health and Disaster Response Task Force held a congressional briefing on building readiness and resiliency to combat disasters and emerging threats including cyber, ...

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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State Strategies for Venture Capital and Rural Development

State Strategies for Venture Capital and Rural Development

This webinar featured model rural programs from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative. It was ...
Developing Talent in Rural America through Work-based Learning Experiences

Developing Talent in Rural America through Work-based Learning Experiences

As rural communities struggle to grow their economies and retain skilled labor, work-based learning experiences such as internships and apprenticeships ...

How Maryland Policymakers Are Working Together to Improve School Principal Quality

Many states have recently devoted significant attention to improving the quality of teaching and school leadership. Changes to teacher and ...

Transportation Electrification Webinar Training Series

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webinar series on converging trends in transportation electrification ...

Experts Roundtable on Creating “Smart States” Initiative

August 16, 2017 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in collaboration with the ...

Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care in Rural Areas

August 9–10, 2017 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division hosted a ...

2017 Water Policy Institute

August 8–9, 2017 | Annapolis, MD The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a meeting for ...

Maryland Retreat on Incentivizing State Agencies to Pursue Energy Efficiency

August 3, 2017 | Baltimore, MD The state of Maryland, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best ...

2017 Health Policy Advisor Institute

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted its annual Health Policy Advisors Institute at the Snowbird ...

2017 Policy Institute for Governors’ Economic Advisors

July 18–21, 2017 | Annapolis, MD The 2017 Institute for Governors’ Economic Policy Advisors allowed governors’ top economic development staff ...

Pennsylvania Retreat on Enhancing Lead-by-Example Policy

July 20, 2017 | Aristes, PA Ample opportunities exist to reduce energy consumption and expenditures in public buildings. The National ...

State Reporting: NGA Compact To Fight Opioid Addiction

Governors provide examples on the actions they have taken to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing, change the nation’s understanding of opioids ...

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