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2014 : News

January 06, 2014

States Work to Improve Access to Basic Oral Health Care

Basic oral health is an important determinant of overall health, yet access remains a challenge for many Americans.


January 13, 2014

NGA Chair Testifies on Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin testified before the United States House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee during a hearing on Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization.


January 15, 2014

National Governors Association Leadership Deliver State of the States Address

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Vice Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered the association’s second annual State of the States address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
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January 14, 2014

National Governors Association Executive Committee Meets with President

National Governors Association Executive Committee members attended a meeting with President Obama to discuss flexible federalism.


February 12, 2014

Nation's Governors to Convene in Washington for NGA Winter Meeting

The nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., later this month during their annual Winter Meeting to discuss issues affecting states, share innovative solutions and look for ways to strengthen the state-federal partnership.


February 20, 2014

States to Focus on Correctional Information Sharing

As states work to adopt systems that effectively share correctional information, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee—to receive a grant to participate in the Cross Boundary Corrections Information Exchange Policy Academy.


February 22, 2014

Governors Gather for 2014 NGA Winter Meeting

Governors from across the nation convened in Washington, D.C., today for the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. The meeting provides governors an opportunity to discuss issues affecting states, share innovative solutions and look for ways to strengthen the state-federal partnership.
Winter Meeting News | Photos | Video


February 22, 2014

ESRI Recognized by Nation's Governors for Partnership with New Hampshire

The National Governors Association (NGA) honored Esri with its annual Public-Private Partnership Award today during the opening session of the 2014 NGA Winter Meeting.
Winter Meeting News | Photos | Video


February 23, 2014

Prescription Drug Abuse Focus of Governors' Winter Meeting Session

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to help states reduce prescription drug abuse, findings from the Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy were the focus of the Health and Human Services Committee session at NGA’s 2014 Winter Meeting.
Winter Meeting News | Photos | Video


February 24, 2014

Governors Release Health Care Sustainability Task Force Recommendations

The nation’s governors, in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, today delivered health care recommendations to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


February 24, 2014

National Governors Association Meets with President and Vice President

Governors attended a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden during the 2014 National Governors Associations Winter Meeting.


February 28, 2014

Nation's Governors Send National Guard Letter to the President

During the NGA Winter Meeting, the nation’s governors met and talked with President Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel about preserving Army and Air National Guard personnel and equipment in order to meet state and federal needs while reducing costs.


March 12, 2014

National Governors Association Pushes for Marketplace Fairness

In advance of the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Exploring Alternative Solutions to the Internet Sales Tax Issue, the National Governors Association (NGA) today reiterated its call for the passage of Marketplace Fairness legislation.


March 13, 2014

Education, Workforce and Economic Growth Among Governors’ Priorities

Governors emphasized the importance of job creation, the budget, workforce development and education during their annual State of the State addresses, according to a report released by the National Governors Association.


March 28, 2014

NGA Chair Hosts Final Initiative Summit

National Governors Association Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin brought together state teams to discuss her yearlong effort, America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs.


March 31, 2014

Governors Play Key Role in Electric Power Grid Modernization

Governors play an important role in modernizing the electric power grid to ensure it continues to function reliably, safely and efficiently, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association.


April 03, 2014

Assessments Key Part of State Standards Implementation

The National Governors Association today released an issue brief examining states’ challenges and progress in creating and launching assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards.


April 24, 2014

States to Focus on Lead-By-Example Efforts in Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency

The National Governors Association  today announced the selection of six states—Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina and New York—to participate in a learning lab on Lead by Example efforts in state facilities.


May 08, 2014

Governors Applaud House and Senate Action to Preserve Army National Guard

“The nation’s governors are encouraged by the House Armed Services Committee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act and its willingness to protect Army National Guard (ARNG) force structure and aircraft from damaging cuts."


May 12, 2014

States to Focus on Health Care Workforce

The National Governors Association today announced the selection of seven states—Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin—to develop and implement statewide plans for their health care workforce.


June 24, 2014

NGA Welcomes New Division Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) today named Jennifer Brooks as director of the Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division of the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).


June 10, 2014

Governors Applaud New Water Infrastructure Law

Following today’s signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), the nation’s governors called the law a significant step forward in addressing the country’s water infrastructure needs.


June 17, 2014

NGA Statement Regarding Internet Access Tax

The National Governors Association (NGA) is disappointed that the House Judiciary Committee is moving to make the Internet access tax moratorium permanent.


June 23, 2014

Governors Release Principles For Perkins Reauthorization

As the federal government considers reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), the National Governors Association (NGA) today released principles to guide its work. The principles focus on governance, alignment and collaboration; leadership, flexibility and accountability; and funding, resources and data.


June 25, 2014

Nation's Governors To Convene For Summer Meeting In Nashville, Tennessee

Governors from across the country will gather in Nashville, Tennessee, July 10-13, for the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting to discuss innovative work in states in several areas, including education, workforce, health care, veterans and jobs. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.


June 25, 2014

Governors Applaud Senate Passage Of WIOA, Ask House To Act

The nation’s governors applaud the Senate for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that promotes job creation, job retention and business expansion. NGA has long called on Congress to reauthorize the existing Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and restore the 15 percent WIA set-aside for governors to create jobs, spur economic growth and get people back to work.


June 30, 2014

States Increasingly Prioritize Global Trade, Investment

Economic growth and job creation top of every governor’s policy agenda. The economic success of states and the companies inside their borders increasingly is affected by how closely a state is tied to the global economy, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association.


July 01, 2014

States Train Workers In Emerging Sectors

Job seekers, employers and communities all benefited from workforce programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), according to a new report and companion paper released today by the National Governors Association.


July 11, 2014

National Governors Association Gathers in Nashville

Governors joined together at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, today to kick off the National Governors Association’s (NGA) 106th Summer Meeting.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 12, 2014

NGA Chair Releases Final Initiative Report

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today released her initiative’s final report, An Action Guide for Governors, during the special session of NGA’s 2014 Summer Meeting.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 13, 2014

New NGA Chair Announces Yearlong Initiative

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper officially became the new chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) today at the closing session of the NGA Summer Meeting. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was named vice chair.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 13, 2014

NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the new leadership of its Executive Committee for the 2014-2015 year.
Summer Meeting News | Photos | Video


July 15, 2014

Cybersecurity a Top Priority for Governors

The Council of Governors (Council) met last week during the National Governors Association (NGA) 2014 Summer Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. During the meeting, the Council, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved a joint action plan for cybersecurity.


July 15, 2014

NGA Statement Regarding State Internet Access Tax Moratorium

The National Governors Association today released the following statement regarding a House vote on the Internet access moratorium.


July 28, 2014

States To Focus On Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse

As part of governors’ ongoing effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four additional states Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Wisconsin to participate in a policy academy on the topic.


August 07, 2014

States To Concentrate On Juvenile Justice Reforms

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee to examine ways to improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.


August 14, 2014

States Focus On Preparing Future Workforce To Strengthen Economy

To further governors’ efforts to align education and training systems to the needs of state economies, the National Governors Association today announced support for 14 states Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.


September 03, 2014

Governors Select Iowa For 2016 Summer Meeting

The National Governors Association today announced that Iowa will host the nation’s governors for its 2016 Summer Meeting, July 14-17.


September 10, 2014

New NGA Committee Leadership Selected

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the new leadership of NGA’s five standing committees for the 2014-2015 year.


September 17, 2014

Governors To Concentrate On Medicaid Transformation

The National Governors Association today announced that Alabama, Nevada and Washington will participate in a year-long project to examine ways to spur changes in how states pay for Medicaid and other health care services.


September 22, 2014

States Utilize Physician Assistant Workforce

Physician assistants (PAs) play a broad and expanding role in the health care system, working in a variety of practice areas and settings because of their adaptably and lower cost, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


October 27, 2014

Cybersecurity Workforce Key To Combating Threats

A well-trained, stable cybersecurity workforce is critical to protecting states from the growing number of sophisticated cyber attacks, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


October 28, 2014

Early Math Learning Key To Long-Term Success

Mathematics knowledge acquired in early childhood and early elementary grades is a critical foundation for long-term student success, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).


November 11, 2014

NGA Highlights Top Priorities For Lame Duck

As the 113th Congress winds down, the National Governors Association (NGA) is prioritizing two key issues among many facing states: Marketplace Fairness and the Army National Guard.


November 24, 2014

Governors Understand Importance Of Mass Evacuation

Governors should be prepared from the first day of their administration to manage a major disaster. 


November 15, 2014

Newly Elected Governors Join Veteran Governors For Seminar

Veteran governors welcomed governors-elect this weekend for the National Governors Association (NGA) Seminar for New Governors (SNG). The two-and-a-half-day biennial seminar brings together governors-elect fresh off the campaign trail and assists in the transition from running for office to governing their states.        Photos | Audio


December 01, 2014

NGA Renews Call For Marketplace Fairness As Online Sellers Profit From Cyber Monday

As 130 million Americans make purchases online this Cyber Monday, the nation’s small businesses suffer, jobs are lost and states lose out on revenue owed them because of an unfair loophole in the law.


December 03, 2014

Governors' Forum Highlights Responsible Development of Shale Energy Resources

States are at the center of the current shale energy boom and are actively pursuing ways to manage its development responsibly.


December 04, 2014

Governors Applaud House For Passage Of NDAA

The National Governors Association applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the National Defense Authorization Act.


December 22, 2014

Governors Working To Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency

States are pursuing various ways to help industrial companies improve the efficiency of their energy use, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).