Workforce Development & Economic Policy

A top priority of the nation’s Governors is expanding economic opportunity and advancing the nation’s global competitiveness by developing the skilled workforce and economic environment required for individuals, businesses and communities to thrive and prosper. As the chief executive officers of their states, Governors are responsible for setting strategic priorities that align workforce and economic development activities across their states toward a shared vision of societal and economic wellbeing. The NGA Center supports the nation’s Governors by sharing best practices and providing technical assistance services to state leaders including Governors’ economic policy advisors, Governors’ workforce development policy advisors, state economic development organization leaders, state workforce development board chairs and state workforce agency leaders. Focus areas include reducing barriers to economic participation; fostering economic dynamism and job growth; and providing training and employment opportunities that support employers’ talent needs and lead to family-sustaining careers.

COVID-19 Response & Recovery

State Solutions for Supporting the Return to Work and Filling Open Jobs

State Solutions for Supporting the Return to Work and Filling Open Jobs

As the economic recovery picks up, governors and state leaders are identifying and addressing barriers that keep their workforce from returning to work and filling open positions posted by employers ...
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Governors’ Role in Promoting Disability Employment in COVID-19 Recovery Strategies

Governors’ Role in Promoting Disability Employment in COVID-19 Recovery Strategies

Because people with disabilities face disproportionate consequences of COVID-19, it will be critical to ensure adequate protections and supports are available to them in order to promote opportunities for safe ...
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Supporting A Trained Direct Care Workforce In Facility Settings During And After The Covid-19 Pandemic

Supporting A Trained Direct Care Workforce In Facility Settings During And After The Covid-19 Pandemic

The direct care workforce is a critical component of a well-functioning health system. These occupations are reliable entry points into the health sector, but limited wage potential as well as ...
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Understanding & Supporting the On-Demand Workforce

Understanding & Supporting the On-Demand Workforce

(View/Download) Background As governors and state officials lead response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unique challenges facing on-demand workers have risen to the forefront. On-demand work is central to the ...
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State Strategies to Leverage RESEA in Response to COVID-19

State Strategies to Leverage RESEA in Response to COVID-19

(View/Download) Introduction This memo provides an overview and state examples of Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA), an integrated unemployment assessment and reemployment program that is critical in coordinating state ...
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Short-Time Compensation Programs as a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy

Short-Time Compensation Programs as a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy

(View/Download) Introduction This memo provides governors and state officials with an overview of the Short-Time Compensation (STC) program and opportunities for developing, promoting, and expanding state STC programs during the ...
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State Roadmap For Workforce Recovery

This roadmap is designed to help Governors and state leaders address four objectives necessary to respond holistically to the unemployment crisis as well as to recover and build resilience in the post-pandemic economy.

  • Expand access to essential support services
  • Rapidly connect jobseekers to work
  • Advance digital access and skill development
  • Enhance job quality for all

Meet Our Team

Rachael Stephens, Program Director

Sally Rood, Senior Policy Analyst

Loren Shimanek, Senior Policy Analyst

Kristin Baddour, Policy Analyst

Madelyn Rahn, Policy Analyst

Katie Nichols, Policy Coordinator

Projects


Workforce Development Library

Governors’ Broadband Investments are Creating Jobs

Governors’ Broadband Investments are Creating Jobs

Governors are creating new and more equitable workforce development opportunities through broadband investments and new digital tools. by Timothy Schoonhoven, Loren Shimanek, and Jake Varn Closing the digital divide has ...
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National Governors Association Announces Second Phase of Workforce Innovation Network

National Governors Association Announces Second Phase of Workforce Innovation Network

New Grant Funding Available to Help States Advance Digital Skill Development The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices announced today the second phase of grant funding and technical ...
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Advancing Equitable Access to and Success in Work-Based Learning

Advancing Equitable Access to and Success in Work-Based Learning

The economic and societal instability from COVID-19 revealed the inequities in our education and workforce systems and forced policymakers to go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that programs remained accessible ...
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Creating a More Equitable Workforce System: Opportunities for Governors and States

Creating a More Equitable Workforce System: Opportunities for Governors and States

This brief outlines eight strategies to promote equity throughout the reemployment and workforce service delivery process. (Download) The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated many inequities historically imbedded in American healthcare, workforce, and ...
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Promoting Employment for People With Disabilities Through Statewide Coordination

Promoting Employment for People With Disabilities Through Statewide Coordination

This guide describes how a collaborative planning process can improve support for workers with disabilities by better coordinating State services. (View/Download) Expanding access to education, training, and high-quality employment opportunities ...
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NGA Announces Expansion of Workforce Innovation Network, New Collaborative to Support Governors and States

NGA Announces Expansion of Workforce Innovation Network, New Collaborative to Support Governors and States

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced the expansion of the NGA Workforce Innovation Network to include more than 20 new philanthropic supporters, subject matter experts, practitioners and industry leaders to ...
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Defining Job Quality for Reemployment and Recovery

Defining Job Quality for Reemployment and Recovery

The NGA Workforce Innovation Network will continue to support Governors in building capacity for innovation as they work in tandem with partners to re-engage citizens in the workforce, improve economic ...
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Letter on Principles for Workforce Development Improvement

Letter on Principles for Workforce Development Improvement

Now is the time to meaningfully update and reshape federal workforce programs to address the present and future of work. The Honorable Patty MurrayChairCommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsU.S ...
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Governors’ Principles to Renew the Federal Workforce System

Governors’ Principles to Renew the Federal Workforce System

Key principles for redesigning the federal workforce development system to create jobs, uplift workers, and provide employers with the tools they need to further skills development. (Download) Elevating Governor and ...
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Economic Policy Library

National Governors Association Announces Second Phase of Workforce Innovation Network

National Governors Association Announces Second Phase of Workforce Innovation Network

New Grant Funding Available to Help States Advance Digital Skill Development The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices announced today the second phase of grant funding and technical ...
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Briefing on American Rescue Act funds for Travel, Tourism and Recreation

Briefing on American Rescue Act funds for Travel, Tourism and Recreation

The National Governors Associations’ Outdoor Recreation Learning Network hosted a briefing for its members on the American Rescue Act funds for Travel, Tourism and Recreation. The briefing featured speakers from ...
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Letter on Canadian - U.S. Border Restrictions

Letter on Canadian – U.S. Border Restrictions

At this point in the nation’s work to get the economy back on track, it is imperative that the federal government work more closely and transparently with us and our ...
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NGA 2021 Summer Meeting

NGA 2021 Summer Meeting

On July 8, 2021 NGA held its Summer Meeting, in a virtual format, here are videos from the sessions. Meeting Playlist Individual Sessions Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Address NGA Task Force ...
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National Governors Association Launches State Equitable Recovery Coalition to Help States Advance Inclusive Economic Growth

National Governors Association Launches State Equitable Recovery Coalition to Help States Advance Inclusive Economic Growth

The National Governors Association (NGA) today launched the State Equitable Recovery Coalition to partner with other national organizations and build on existing efforts to drive equitable economic recovery and growth ...
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Streamlining State Business Regulatory Processes to Support Economic Recovery

Streamlining State Business Regulatory Processes to Support Economic Recovery

This paper explores high-profile state-level changes to regulatory compliance and administrative processes from the past year, and addresses ways to assess their value and the benefit of continuing them with ...
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State of the States - 2021

State of the States – 2021

Governors of states, territories and commonwealths are outlining their priorities for 2021 in state of the state or commonwealth addresses, as well as inaugural addresses for new and re-elected Governors ...
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NGA and NASWA Letter to Secretary of Labor Regarding Unemployment Insurance Fraud

NGA and NASWA Letter to Secretary of Labor Regarding Unemployment Insurance Fraud

The Honorable Marty WalshU.S. Secretary of LaborU.S. Department of Labor200 Constitution Avenue NWWashington, D.C. 20210 Dear Secretary Walsh: Congratulations on your nomination and confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Governors ...
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Governors Hogan and Whitmer Testify on Importance of Infrastructure Investment

Governors Hogan and Whitmer Testify on Importance of Infrastructure Investment

Governors struck a resoundingly bipartisan tone before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, speaking to the urgency of investing now and for the future as our infrastructure must rapidly ...
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