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March 03, 2017

State Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

A new paper from the National Governors Association summarizes actions governors can take to help reduce childhood hunger in their states by drawing attention to the issue and implementing policy and programmatic changes to increase children’s participation in child nutrition programs.


January 06, 2017

Promoting Place-Based Strategies to Address Poverty

A new paper from the National Governors Association addresses the potential for place-based strategies—strategies which include any effort to enhance the livability and quality of life in a given community—to address the needs of impoverished communities and identifies actions governors can take to foster these strategies.


December 14, 2016

Building a High-Performing State Workforce Board

A new report from the National Governors Association outlines key strategies governors can focus on to align state education and workforce programs to the needs of business, and connect individuals to jobs.


November 10, 2016

Accelerating Opportunity for Veterans: A Governor’s Blueprint for Pathways to Veterans’ Civilian Licensing and Certification

A new paper from the National Governors Association highlights serves as a blueprint for governors to inform their efforts to accelerate veterans’ licensing and certification.


October 31, 2016

State Strategies to Scale Quality Work-Based Learning

A new paper from the National Governors Association highlights strategies governors can implement to increase opportunities for high-quality, demand-driven work-based learning and prepare their citizens for the modern workforce.


September 13, 2016

Improving Human Services Programs and Outcomes Through Shared Data

A new paper from the National Governors Association provides examples of effective approaches to sharing state data and offers lessons for governors and their senior staff interested in enhancing their capacity to protect and secure individuals’ private information.


March 02, 2016

Revisiting Top Trends in State Economic Development

NGA’s new paper Revisiting Top Trends in State Economic Development takes a look at the policies and programs states can implement to accelerate economic growth and create jobs.


August 26, 2015

Tackling Intergenerational Poverty: How Governors Can Advance Coordinated Services for Low-Income Parents and Children

Governors are in a unique position to align programs and policies for children and their parents through “two-generation” strategies since they oversee most of the state and federal programs for low-income families.


July 24, 2015

Delivering Results: Finding and Building Effective State Leaders

The 2014-2015 chair’s initiative, Delivering Results, focused on helping governors identify strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government. One critical aspect of improving the performance of state government is to find and develop top-level state leaders who are focused on achieving results and who can cultivate an organizational culture supportive of that goal.


July 24, 2015

Delivering Results: Creating and Refining Results-Oriented Regulations

The 2014-2015 chair’s initiative, Delivering Results, focused on helping governors identify strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government. Many states have launched efforts to streamline regulatory processes to help residents and businesses have better and easier experiences with state government and to promote economic growth.