Two-generation strategies seek to promote children’s learning and healthy development while simultaneously promoting the parents’ success as both caregivers and breadwinners. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and its partner, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), have selected five states to participate in the Parents And Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network (PACTT Network) which is a technical assistance opportunity to create two-generation strategies for systems change. On March 19–20, 2018, the NGA Center, CLASP and Ascend at the Aspen Institute brought together cross-agency teams from Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, New Jersey and Oregon for the Midpoint Convening of the PACTT Network. The meeting took place in New Brunswick, New Jersey at The Heldrich Center.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a Lead-by-Example (LBE) workshop to help states better tap into the ample opportunities to reduce energy consumption and expenses in public buildings. This workshop brought together states and experts to explore new policies and solutions identified through the LBE retreats NGA held in 2017.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Health Division hosted a multi-state convening as part of the Rural Health Learning Collaborative in Washington, D.C. The participating states included Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri and Oregon. The meeting focused on strategies to improve heart health in rural areas.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices hosted a policy academy meeting focused on assisting state workforce and education leaders to scale high-quality work-based learning opportunities for youth and young adults. State teams discussed leading practices from peer states and resource providers, refined their action plans and incorporated new strategies and activities into those plans.
The world is changing rapidly, with new innovative technologies spurring what some have declared the “fourth industrial revolution” that is leading to amazing new opportunities and new types of challenges. Given the implications for their citizens and economy, governors are looking for ways to promote opportunities and tackle challenges to stay ahead of the curve.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices hosted a webinar that provided state examples and strategies to address funding formulas, leverage public taxpayer investments and increase effective use of resources in our school systems.
The Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute focused on growing the knowledge base on key educational issues, building capacity on skills that are critical for their role and providing opportunities to network and learning from each other and NGA staff.
Advanced energy storage technologies are transforming the U.S. electric power market to one that is more resilient, cleaner and more diverse. As the costs of advanced energy storage technologies such as lithium ion batteries drop and market demand increases, the potential benefits are motivating states to act.
The Mid-Course Workshop of the Power Sector Modernization Policy Academy was built on the ongoing efforts of the state teams and provided targeted information in response to state-specific questions.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices hosted the 16th annual Intergovernmental Meeting.