Workforce Development & Economic Policy

Governors are working to expand economic opportunity and advance the nation’s global competitiveness by developing the skilled workforce and economic environment required for individuals, businesses and communities to thrive.

As the chief executive officers of their states, Governors set strategic priorities to align workforce and economic development activities to build a shared vision of societal and economic well-being. The NGA Workforce Development & Economic Policy program supports Governors and their appointees in developing and executing on these priorities.

Featured Initiatives 

NGA Workforce Development Technical Assistance Program

NGA provides advisors and other Governor-appointed state workforce system leaders with technical assistance on a broad range of workforce development policy issues through policy memoranda; in-state site visits and presentations, and facilitated connections with subject matter experts. The team also holds biannual convenings and monthly briefings and issues a weekly newsletter.


Workforce Strategic Planning Collaborative

The NGA Center’s joint project with the U.S. Department of Labor supports Governors and their advisors as they develop and implement their federally required four-year strategic plans for workforce development. Technical assistance offerings include an emphasis on implementation of federal investments that passed during the 117th Congress, namely the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act.


NGA Economic Policy Advisors and Economic Policy Technical Assistance

NGA provides Governor-appointed state economic development leaders and advisors with highly responsive and customized best practice research, strategic planning facilitation, timely information from federal partners and subject matter experts, and other support on a broad range of economic policy priorities. This includes an upcoming virtual event series as well as a bi-weekly newsletter.

Meet The Team


Focus Areas

  • Apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship
  • Sector-focused workforce and economic development strategies
  • Workforce development financing, governance, and innovation
  • Outdoor recreation & economic development  
  • Service-to-career pathways and public sector employment
  • IIJA, CHIPS and IRA implementation Future of work, digital transformation and digital skills
  • Disability inclusive workforce policy

Services Available

  • Strategic planning facilitation and best practice guidance on workforce and economic development topics or initiatives
  • Strategic guidance, feedback and meeting facilitation services for Governor-appointed state workforce development boards
  • Convenings for workforce and economic development advisors and state leaders on emerging issues
  • Regular newsletters for state workforce and economic development leaders
  • Customized research briefs and best practice presentations upon request

Workforce Development Library

Letter to Congress regarding First Step Act

Letter from the National Governors Association to congressional leadership supporting passage of criminal-justice reform legislation. DOWNLOAD THE LETTER Full Text December 18, 2018 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United ...

Montana Governor Hosts Workshop on Preparing for the Jobs of the Future

Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal LAS VEGAS – National Governors Association Chair Montana Governor Steve Bullock was in Las Vegas this week to continue the national discussion on how to equip ...

Governors: First Step Act Deserves a Vote This Congress

In response to S. 3649 gaining momentum in the U.S. Senate, the National Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement: “The National Governors Association applauds Congress and the Trump Administration ...

Yahoo Op-Ed: America’s Governors are Taking the Lead in Bringing Jobs to Their States

This is an opinion piece by Scott Pattison, CEO and executive director of the National Governors Association. He appeared at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit. This piece originally appeared on Yahoo.  ...
Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Second Cross-State Meeting

Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Second Cross-State Meeting

October 3-5, 2018 | Raleigh, North Carolina The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the second policy academy cross-state meeting focused on assisting state workforce and education ...

States Expand Employment and Training Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) released a white paper, States Expand Employment and Training Opportunities for People with Disabilities. The white paper outlines the employment ...
Governors Praise Senate for  Protecting Education, Workforce Funding

Governors Praise Senate for Protecting Education, Workforce Funding

House is called on to follow, preserve critical funding  WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today released a statement regarding Senate and House consideration of FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human ...

States collaborate to deliver results for the on-demand workforce

WASHINGTON—Today the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) announced that seven states—Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania—have been selected to participate in a new multistate collaborative project ...

Governors Applaud Signing of New Job Training Law

Congress’ Work to Revamp Perkins Will Boost Education Innovation The National Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement on the president’s signature of H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for ...

Economic Policy Library

American Community Survey – Big 7

The Honorable John Culberson Chairman Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies House Committee on Appropriations H-309 The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Chaka Fattah Ranking Member Subcommittee ...

Marketplace Fairness – Big 7

The Honorable John Boehner Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Republican Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable ...

Municipal Securities – Big 7

Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 400 7th St., SW Suite 3E-218 Washington, D.C. 20219 Mr. Robert deV. Fierson, Secretary Board of Governors of ...

Internet Gaming

The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable John Boehner Speaker of ...

Federal Insurance Office (FIO)

The Honorable Jacob J. “Jack” Lew Secretary of the Treasury U.S. Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20220 Dear Secretary Lew: Governors believe that states must ...

Marketplace Fairness

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives 2138 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C.  20515 The Honorable John Conyers Ranking Member Committee on ...

Testimony – Business Activity Tax

Statement of David Quam, Deputy Director, National Governors Association before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law on H.R. 2992, the “Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of ...
New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design

New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design

This report focuses on the ways that arts, culture, and design can assist states as they seek to create jobs and boost their economies in the short run and transition ...

Testimony – Enhanced Rescission Authority

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, I am pleased to appear before you today on behalf of the nation’s governors on the issue of state line item veto rules ...