The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a learning lab exploring strategies states can use to expand and scale work-based learning opportunities for youth and young adults in STEM fields, as a part of the NGA Center’s Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning. Participants discussed innovative resources, programs and policies in the host state of Washington, one of the leader states participating in the project, as well as in other states and from the national perspective. Participating states and territories included Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Dakota and American Samoa.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the first a Water Energy Nexus in State Retreat for the state of Tennessee to explore improving integration of water and energy policy to achieve efficiencies, conserve limited resources, and reduce customers’ costs in both urban and rural communities. Participants will specifically discuss the future of the Water and Wastewater Energy Efficiency Partnership and the Wastewater Nutrient Optimization Programs. The next Water Energy Nexus meeting will be with the state of Minnesota in August.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a Learning Lab exploring strategies states can use to develop talent pipelines for people with disabilities, as a part of the NGA Center’s work with the State Exchange on Employment and Disability. Participants discussed innovative resources, programs, and policies in the host state of Wisconsin, as well as in other states and from the national perspective. Participating states included Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, and Wisconsin.
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.
With the increased prevalence of large-scale natural disasters and the threat of a future Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, regional energy resilience coordination is becoming increasingly important. To address critical regional energy resilience issues, Oregon and Washington, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, hosted a one-day retreat to coordinate cross-state energy emergency planning.
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.