State Equitable Recovery Coalition

Taking advantage of shared expertise to help drive sustainable, equitable recovery and growth after the economic disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, while leveraging the opportunity to address issues related to workforce, education, public services, and racial and economic justice.

Since March of 2020, Governors have taken action to address once-in-a-lifetime economic circumstances by providing assistance to displaced small businesses and workers, while putting in place longer-term supports to help Americans succeed in a changing world of work. The State Equitable Recovery Coalition, in partnership with Education Strategy Group and supported by the Siemens Foundation, will build on these initiatives and others to connect strategically to maximize networks, expertise and resources on behalf of the Governors of states and territories and the workers they represent.

The coalition will complement existing networks that NGA and other organizations are working with to take advantage of shared expertise to help drive sustainable, equitable recovery and growth after the economic disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, while leveraging the opportunity to address issues related to workforce, education, public services, and racial and economic justice. The coalition will provide technical support to help advance Governors’ community and economic recovery goals over a period of a year.

“Now more than ever, we need an all-hands-on-deck approach to support states building an inclusive and resilient recovery for America’s working families, and that’s the goal of the State Equitable Recovery Coalition. Governors continue to be at the forefront of that work. We are proud to support NGA and the coalition to advance this work and our mutual commitment to economic, social and racial justice for all in the United States.”

David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation

Additionally, the NGA Center for Best Practices will host a series of action labs for Governors’ staff and state teams that focus on intersectional issues with the common goal of increasing economic opportunity for students and workers with low income, particularly Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities and women, while achieving racial equity in access, success and outcomes in postsecondary education and workforce development programs. These action labs will be focused on tangible steps states can take to advance these goals.

“This new Recovery Coalition will bring together leading thinkers and doers across industries, government, academia and the nonprofit sector to help advance Governors’ important work in this area. The goal is to help effect real policy change that benefits all Americans.”

Timothy Blute, director of the NGA Center

For more information about the State Equitable Recovery Coalition please contact Rachel Hirsch at RHirsch@NGA.ORG.

Recent Resources and Events from Members

  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Student Parent Success Initiative has published their newest report, Re-Engaging Student Parents to Achieve Attainment and Equity Goals: A Case for Investment in More Accessible Postsecondary Pathways. The report concludes with tailored recommendations for building a more supportive, inclusive postsecondary system that creates accessible opportunities for parents, especially single parents and Black, Indigenous, and Latinx parents, to earn postsecondary credentials.
  • COABE Journal: The Resource for Adult Education is an open-access journal focused on innovative ideas and practitioner experience that supports the field of adult education. The most recent edition focused on immigrant integration and racial equity. Click here for more details.
  • This brief from Credential Engine explores how full, open, and transparent access to information about credentials and their value can be a crucial element of how states can work to dismantle systems that have created the inequities we see today.


NGA Economic and Workforce Development Resources

Jobs and the Economy in the U.S. in the Wake of COVID-19: Key Issues Facing Governors

Jobs and the Economy in the U.S. in the Wake of COVID-19: Key Issues Facing Governors

COVID-19 will have long-tail effects that continue to change the U.S. economy and present challenges to states. Governors are learning and working together to address these issues, as well as ...
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Return Utah: A Work-Based Learning Initiative for the Long-Term Out of Work

Return Utah: A Work-Based Learning Initiative for the Long-Term Out of Work

Staff from the NGA Center for Best Practices recently sat down with Utah Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson to learn about the Return Utah program. While in Utah, staff visited several ...
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Infrastructure and Workforce Development

Infrastructure and Workforce Development

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will have a significant effect on the federal workforce system at large and there are a few key items that present new opportunities for ...
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What the Infrastructure Package Means for Workforce Development: Opportunities for Governors

What the Infrastructure Package Means for Workforce Development: Opportunities for Governors

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes new allowable uses for transportation funds, investments in digital equity and inclusion, and planning to strengthen the transportation workforce. (Download) On November 15, ...
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SNAP E&T Action Lab

SNAP E&T Action Lab

This Action Lab focused on leveraging Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) to expand access to and support student success in education and training programs that lead ...
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Entrepreneurship Initiatives For Recovery and Growth

Entrepreneurship Initiatives For Recovery and Growth

This webinar series highlights state initiatives that promote entrepreneurship as a strategy for expanding access to economic opportunity and supporting stronger economic recovery and growth. Specifically, this four-part series will ...
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National Governors Association Welcomes 6 States to 2nd Phase of Workforce Innovation Network

National Governors Association Welcomes 6 States to 2nd Phase of Workforce Innovation Network

Hawaiʻi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island Join Network to Close Workforce Achievement Gaps by Advancing Digital Skill Development Building upon the success of the first phase ...
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State Policy Levers to Support Principal Pipelines

State Policy Levers to Support Principal Pipelines

In this webinar, Dr. Paul Manna of William and Mary shares findings from his new report, How Can State Policy Support Local School Districts as They Develop Comprehensive and Aligned ...
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State Strategies for Skills and Lifelong Learning Systems

State Strategies for Skills and Lifelong Learning Systems

This online gathering engaged state policymakers, philanthropy, business leaders, and higher education institutions in a unique cross-sector conversation on the future of state systems of lifelong learning. On October 27-28, ...
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