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.

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Using Data To Advance Digital Skills: A State Playbook

To assist states in closing digital skill gaps and preparing for digital equity planning, this brief offers key questions and resources for state leaders to consider.

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Workforce Development Library

NGA Comments on State and Local Tax Deduction

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today released the following statement: “NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors, and a consensus-based process drives gubernatorial development of NGA’s policy guidelines ...
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Additional States Support Work-Based Learning to Expand Employment Opportunities

WASHINGTON— The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) announced that six states and one territory—Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Dakota and American Samoa—have been selected to participate in a state knowledge exchange focused on ...
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The Honorable John Thune Chairman Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation United States Senate 512 Dirksen Senate Building Washington DC, 20510 The Honorable Bill Nelson Ranking Member Committee on Commerce, ...
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Human Capital Learning Lab

October 23–24, 2017 | New Orleans, LA The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Human Capital Fall Learning Lab in New Orleans, Louisiana. The learning ...
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States Support Work-Based Learning to Expand Employment Opportunities

WASHINGTON— The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) announced that six states— Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina and Rhode Island— have been selected to participate in a policy academy focused on scaling ...
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Eleven States Chosen for Occupational Licensing Policy Study

In a joint project with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments, the National Governors Association helped to select 11 states to participate in a peer learning ...
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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 offer a promising strategy to address workforce talent shortages and ...
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Governors Praise Senate for Protecting Education, Workforce Funding

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee, led by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, released a statement on Congress’ consideration of FY 2018 Labor, Health and ...
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NGA 2017 Summer Meeting

NGA 2017 Summer Meeting

National Governors Association Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe kicked off the 2017 NGA Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, with a discussion on how states continue to develop strategies to ...
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Economic Policy Library

Testimony – Stimulus Oversight

Chairman Lieberman, Ranking Member Collins, members of the committee, on behalf of the nation’s governors, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss state efforts to ...
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Testimony – Economic and Employment Impact of the Arts and Music Industry

Chairman Miller, Ranking Member McKeon, and members of the committee, my name is John Thomasian and I am the director of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA ...
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Testimony – Business Activity Tax

Chairwoman Sanchez, Ranking Member Cannon and members of the Subcommittee, I am pleased to be here on behalf of the National Governors Association (NGA) to communicate governors' strong opposition to ...
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