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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Disability Employment

Disability Employment

Expanding access to education, training, and high-quality employment opportunities for people with disabilities is a bipartisan priority for Governors ...
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How Governors Can Execute Their Vision for Workforce Development: Policy Levers Available Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

How Governors Can Execute Their Vision for Workforce Development: Policy Levers Available Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

This brief outlines the menu of policy options Governors have available to them when assessing how to optimize their public workforce system so that it responds to their state or ...
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Broadband

Broadband

Access to fast, reliable broadband is critical to households, businesses, and communities in the modern economy. The ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency has underscored the necessity of broadband access for ...
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Governors Urge Congress to Finalize FY23 Spending Package

Governors Urge Congress to Finalize FY23 Spending Package

States and territories succeed when there is certainty and stability in federal resources. The Honorable Nancy PelosiSpeaker United States House of Representatives The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Republican Leader United States ...
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How Six States Are Planning To Advance Digital Skills For Equitable Economic Participation

Governors are prioritizing digital skill development across the education and training continuum, from K-12 curriculum to upskilling and reskilling for workers and adult learners.


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State Strategies to Foster Inclusive Apprenticeships for People with Disabilities

State Strategies to Foster Inclusive Apprenticeships for People with Disabilities

Building inclusive apprenticeship programs for people with disabilities is a proven strategy that can lead to strong wages, a pathway to future career opportunities and sustainable permanent employment in high-quality ...
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Summer 2022 Workforce Symposium: Engaging Stakeholders to Advance Digital Skills

Summer 2022 Workforce Symposium: Engaging Stakeholders to Advance Digital Skills

NGA Workforce Innovation Network state grantees partner with employers to bridge the digital divide and adapt to the digital transformation of work By Sophia Yager The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a ...
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State Workforce Leaders Convene in Oklahoma City to Share Best Practices, Common Challenges at Bi-Annual Symposium

State Workforce Leaders Convene in Oklahoma City to Share Best Practices, Common Challenges at Bi-Annual Symposium

State workforce development boards and agencies play a crucial role in driving innovation and best practices that lead to better employment opportunities for their residents. by Jack Porter On August ...
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Advancing Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families: Policy Options for Governors

Advancing Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families: Policy Options for Governors

As we look to post-pandemic recovery, it will be critical to ensure that individuals have access to resources and supports that not only help them meet basic needs but also ...
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Skills-Driven State Community of Practice

Skills-Driven State Community of Practice

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF), has launched a project to help Governors’ offices and other senior state ...
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Next Generation of the Healthcare Workforce Learning Collaborative

Next Generation of the Healthcare Workforce Learning Collaborative

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices is working with States in a new learning collaborative on strategies to grow and retain the next generation of the healthcare workforce ...
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Leveraging Technology for Human-Centered One-Stop Workforce Service Delivery

Leveraging Technology for Human-Centered One-Stop Workforce Service Delivery

A case study of the Hawai‘i Career Acceleration Navigator -- an accessible, data-driven and full-service government platform for unemployed people and other jobseekers to search for jobs and access supportive ...
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Governors Welcome Action to Address Teacher Shortages

Governors Welcome Action to Address Teacher Shortages

Today, National Governors Association Chair New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Vice Chair Utah Governor Spencer Cox released the following statement regarding the administration’s efforts to address teacher shortages and ...
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Governors Focus on the Recovery of Travel and Tourism at the NGA Summer Meeting

Governors Focus on the Recovery of Travel and Tourism at the NGA Summer Meeting

A look at the discussion Governors had with travel and tourism industry leaders regarding the industry’s impact on economic activity and job creation. At the NGA Summer Meeting, Governors met ...
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Economic Policy Library

State Business Regulations

State Business Regulations

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices partnered with The Pew Charitable Trusts to support states in exploring ways to improve business regulatory processes to promote economic development by ...
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Governors Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Competition Legislation

Governors Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Competition Legislation

Today, National Governors Association Chair Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Vice Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah released the following statement after the Senate and House passed the ...
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Governors Focus on the Recovery of Travel and Tourism at the NGA Summer Meeting

Governors Focus on the Recovery of Travel and Tourism at the NGA Summer Meeting

A look at the discussion Governors had with travel and tourism industry leaders regarding the industry’s impact on economic activity and job creation. At the NGA Summer Meeting, Governors met ...
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K-12 Computer Science Education – NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

K-12 Computer Science Education – NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

Outgoing NGA Chairman Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the NGA Summer Meeting with an overview of his 2021-2022 Chairman’s Initiative to expand K-12 computer science education. After announcing the initiative last ...
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Governors Call for Bipartisan Compromise on Passing Competition Legislation

Governors Call for Bipartisan Compromise on Passing Competition Legislation

WASHINGTON – Today, National Governors Association Chairman Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Vice Chairman Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey released the following statement as the House and Senate ...
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NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

The National Governors Association's 2022 Annual Summer Meeting was held was July 13-15, 2022, in Portland, Maine. Governors met to collaborate on bipartisan solutions to leading policy issues including computer ...
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Letter on FY2023 Appropriations - Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force

Letter on FY2023 Appropriations – Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force

Congress has been an instrumental partner for states and territories in funding efforts to help support infrastructure, economic development, and environmental programs. Therefore, as you look toward Fiscal Year 2023’s ...
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Learning from State Regulatory Streamlining Efforts

Learning from State Regulatory Streamlining Efforts

A growing number of states are making significant headway towards creating better regulatory management systems and leaner regulations. This will undoubtedly save on administrative costs, eliminate redundancies and provide lessons ...
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One-Stop Portals Help Businesses Navigate State Regulations

One-Stop Portals Help Businesses Navigate State Regulations

One-stop portals and online hubs that provide a single point of entry for business transactions with state government are an effective way to help new and small businesses. (Download) Executive ...
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