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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Navigating Benefit Cliffs: States and Territories Supporting Economic Mobility

Navigating Benefit Cliffs: States and Territories Supporting Economic Mobility

In June 2024, the National Governors Association Children and Families team hosted the monthly Human Services Policy Advisors Institute Call on mitigating benefit cliffs and supporting upward economic mobility. Background ...
Disagree Better: Looking Forward

Disagree Better: Looking Forward

“In our country today, we’ve gotten really, really good at tearing things down. Building institutions is hard work; tearing them down is easy. We need some architects. We need more ...
First Spouses Convene at Summer Meeting, Join Governor Youngkin in Conversation on Efforts to Raise Awareness about Fentanyl Prevention

First Spouses Convene at Summer Meeting, Join Governor Youngkin in Conversation on Efforts to Raise Awareness about Fentanyl Prevention

During the 2024 NGA Summer Meeting, held in Salt Lake City, Utah First Lady Abby Cox held a meeting with the nation’s First Spouses to focus on efforts Virginia First ...

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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Finding Solutions to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Road Map for States

Inappropriate opioid prescribing is fueling one of the deadliest drug epidemics in United States history. Every day in the U.S., ...

Starting a C-PACE Program: What You Need to Know

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the first in a series of three webinars designed ...

The Role of Geographic Information Systems in State Energy Assurance Planning and Response

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webcast on geographic information systems (GIS) tools and ...

Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2015 Update for Governors

Governors play an important role in the nuclear cleanup effort by ensuring that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), their ...

Small Business and Cybersecurity

Virtually any small business relies on technology and an Internet connection to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive, digital economy. Consequently, small ...

A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity

The foremost duty of every governor is to safeguard the public safety and welfare of its residents; that includes protecting ...

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 ...

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