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

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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.

Meet Our Team

Rachael Stephens, Program Director

Sally Rood, Senior Policy Analyst

Jordan Morang, Policy Analyst

Sophia Yager, Policy Analyst

Katie Nichols, Policy Coordinator


Workforce Development Library

Testimony – The Marketplace Equity Act of 2011

By Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Conyers and members of the committee, I am grateful to be here to testify on behalf of the National Governors Association.  ...
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Hearing Statement – Tax Reform – State and Local Tax and Fiscal policy

Chairman Baucus, Ranking Member Hatch, and members of the committee, the nation’s governors appreciate your interest in considering how federal legislation may impact state taxation. For governors, the core principle ...
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Hearing Statement – Marketplace Fairness Act

The National Governors Association (NGA) urges Congress to level the playing field between out-of-state and in-state retailers by authorizing states to require remote vendors to collect state sales taxes. Specifically, ...
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Testimony – Senate Budget State Fiscal Situation

Chairman Conrad, and members of the committee, on behalf of the nation’s governors, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the states’ fiscal situation. For ...
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Testimony – New Innovations and Best Practices Under the Workforce Investment Act (2009)

Chairman Hinojosa, Ranking Member Guthrie, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting the National Governors Association to testify today. My name is Sandi Vito and I am honored ...
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Testimony – Lifelong Education Opportunities (Governor Sebelius)

Chairman Enzi, Senator Kennedy and members of the Committee, I am Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of the State of Kansas, and Chair of the National Governors Association Education, Early Childhood and ...
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Economic Policy Library

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