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

Information and Guidance on Supporting On-demand Workers through the COVID-19 Crisis

Information and Guidance on Supporting On-demand Workers through the COVID-19 Crisis

Introduction This memo provides governors and state officials with an overview of the key issues related to on-demand workers during the COVID-19 crisis. For the purposes of this memo, “on-demand ...
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CARES Act & Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations: Workforce Provisions Summary and Analysis

Note: Title II of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains detailed provisions on the design and implementation of Unemployment Insurance (UI) and other short-term unemployment ...
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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

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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Governors Discussion With Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

Governors Discussion With Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

Community Renewal Task Force co-chairs U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan and Missouri Governor Mike Parson convened a discussion with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh at NGA's Virtual Summer Meeting, July ...
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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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Defining Job Quality for Reemployment and Recovery: State Action Planning Template

Defining Job Quality for Reemployment and Recovery: State Action Planning Template

This action planning template focuses on actions that state leaders can take to connect jobseekers with high-quality employment and place a greater emphasis on job quality via resource allocation, program ...
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Economic Policy Library

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National Governors Association Leadership Calls on Congress to Prioritize State and Local Aid

‘This Is a National Problem, and It Demands a Bipartisan and National Solution’ WASHINGTON – New York Governor and National Governors Association Chairman Andrew Cuomo and Arkansas Governor and NGA ...
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Policy Making During a Pandemic: Navigating the New Normal and What Lies Ahead Roundtables

Policy Making During a Pandemic: Navigating the New Normal and What Lies Ahead Roundtables

Throughout the month of October, NGA will be hosting four policy roundtables for state policymakers and NGA experts to discuss today's most pressing policy priorities. We will convene to discuss ...
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Letter Regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund

Letter Regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund

NGA and other state and local organizations sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector Generalexpressing concern that recent changes to the regulatory and oversight ...
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Guidance on Reopening Businesses

Guidance on Reopening Businesses

As stay-at-home orders are being lifted and as pressure mounts to reopen businesses, states should consider the types of regulations they will enforce and guidance they will provide to businesses ...
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Congress’ Failure to Reach Agreement on Aid to State and Local Governments Leaves Them in an Untenable Position

Congress’ Failure to Reach Agreement on Aid to State and Local Governments Leaves Them in an Untenable Position

The failure of Congress to reach a compromise on a new coronavirus relief package imperils the ability of state and local government to maintain sound operations and critical services for ...
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National Governors Association Leaders Call on Congress to Come Together on Coronavirus Relief

National Governors Association Leaders Call on Congress to Come Together on Coronavirus Relief

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, the NGA vice chair, reacted to Congress’ failure to reach a compromise ...
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NGA 2020 Summer Meeting

NGA 2020 Summer Meeting

Videos from the 2020 Virtual Summer Meeting with remarks from outgoing NGA Chair, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and incoming NGA Chair, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Also featuring three questions ...
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Recent Treasury Report Fails to Account for Allocated Coronavirus Relief Funds as the Country Faces Historic Drop in GDP and Record Unemployment

The seven bipartisan organizations representing state and local governments today responded to a recent report by the Department of Treasury about state expenditures from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) approved ...
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If state and local governments continue to struggle, so will America

Opinion by Bill McBride, Matthew Chase, Clarence Anthony, Marc A. Ott, Tim Storey, David Adkins and Tom Cochran ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON CNN.COMWhile much of the media and the public remain ...
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