New Orleans, LA | January 8-9, 2009

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), hosted the first meeting of the Public Safety Interoperability Communications Policy Academy: Focus on Governance, January 8-9, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Six states– Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, New York and Washington were elected to participate in the Policy Academy.

The purpose of the meeting was to bring together state teams in order to:

  • Share Policy Academy projects and learn from other states;
  • Learn about the governance guidebook and how the teams can use this resource;
  • Discuss important issues related to governance, focusing on areas that are of most concern and hear from other states that have addressed these issues; and
  • Develop an action plan for completing the state’s Policy Academy project over the next eight months.

Outcomes of the meeting included:

  • A network of Policy Academy states that can share ideas and issues;
  • An understanding of the governance structure components and how this might be applied to each state;
  • New ideas for tackling issues related to governance; and
  • An action plan that includes a timeline and an assignment of roles and responsibilities for each state team.

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