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Governors' and spouses' biographies, searchable database and contact information.

NGA Center for Best Practices

NGA Center for Best Practices

The NGA Center develops innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public policy challenges.

Government Relations

Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations' mission is to ensure governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy.

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December 19, 2016

States Plan Data-Driven Criminal Justice Reform

Three states have been selected to participate in the first phase of the National Criminal Justice Reform Project, a joint project with the National Criminal Justice Association.

December 13, 2016

States Modernize Electric Power Sector

Four states will participate in a new effort from NGA to modernize the electric power sector, including grid modernization, resiliency and environmental stewardship.

December 08, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Holds Small Business Cyber Roundtable

For the fourth roundtable related to his chair’s initiative, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe met with small business owners for a discussion on how to improve their cybersecurity posture.

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2017 Governors' State of the State Addresses Information

Confirmed dates and hyperlinks for governors' State of the State addresses. NGA will continue to update this page as more information is made public.


2016-2017 NGA Chair Gov. Terry McAuliffe's Initiative

Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge


2016 Gubernatorial Elections

Gubernatorial elections were held in 12 states and two territories.

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Promoting Place-Based Strategies to Address Poverty: Exploring the Governor’s Role

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.

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.

Promising Practices in Boosting School Leadership Capacity: Principal Academies

A new paper from the National Governors Association explores principal academies—a tool that governors can add to their policy toolkit to augment preparation and training for aspiring and sitting public school principals.

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2017 State of the States Address

Join us on January 25, 2017, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., where NGA Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will discuss governors’ collective priorities to a new Administration and Congress.

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What is the National Governors Association?

NGA CEO Scott Pattison on the important and unique role of the bipartisan association, both historically and looking to the future.