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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State and Local Electric Vehicle Workforce Collaborative Kickoff Convening

State and Local Electric Vehicle Workforce Collaborative Kickoff Convening

April 2024 - National Taskforce Meeting & Collaborative Kickoff Convening Historic federal investments in infrastructure spell major economic opportunity for cities and states across the nation. One of the most ...
Governors Provide Student Supports to Address FAFSA Challenges

Governors Provide Student Supports to Address FAFSA Challenges

Governors across the country are committed to providing meaningful, accessible, and affordable postsecondary pathways to residents of their state. This includes providing robust state-based aid programs and quality counseling and ...
Tax Credits to Drive Family Wellbeing

Tax Credits to Drive Family Wellbeing

On March 27th, 2024, the NGA Children and Families team hosted a call through the Human Services Policy Advisors Institute to discuss Tax Credits to Drive Family Wellbeing. The discussion ...
Northeast Regional Project Delivery Workshop

Northeast Regional Project Delivery Workshop

On Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2024, NGA held its Northeast Regional Project Delivery Workshop in Philadelphia. This convening, which was hosted in partnership with Pennsylvania Governor Josh ...

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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Center for Best Practices Library

Cybercrime: What Can A Governor Do?

The state and local officials that comprise the homeland security and public safety community must confront all hazards to the ...

Building a Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline

States confront four interrelated challenges to building, recruiting, and retaining a cybersecurity workforce. First, many companies are unable to find ...

Cybersecurity in the Education Sector

Although frequently omitted from conversations about cybersecurity, K-12 schools and institutions of higher education are under assault from so-called hacktivists, ...

Securing Election Infrastructure

The people of the United States are committed to free and fair elections. With the 2016 elections fast approaching, state ...

Cybersecurity in the Health Care Sector

The health care industry faces two major cybersecurity threats. First, the transition from paper record-keeping to electronic health records has ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Centers

Since 2015, seven states have publicly established or announced the creation of a state “cybersecurity center,” tasked with implementing key ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Strategies

This memo provides an overview of state cybersecurity strategies, as well as information technology and homeland security strategies with cybersecurity ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Governance Bodies

This memo identifies commonalities and differences among the 22 states that established governance bodies tasked with identifying the cyber threats ...

Memo on State Cybersecurity Strategies

This memo provides an overview of state cybersecurity strategies, as well as information technology and homeland security strategies with cybersecurity ...

Revisiting Top Trends in State Economic Development

Since the 2013 publication of Top Trends in State Economic Development, governors’ key advisors have continued to explore and implement ...

A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice

Governors play a critical role in ensuring public safety and they oversee the state agencies responsible for implementing those policies ...

Medicaid Health Care Purchasing Compendium

States face the ongoing challenge of managing the costs of their Medicaid programs while ensuring beneficiaries have access to quality ...

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