Technology: Advances in technology including automation and artificial intelligence have displaced some workers, even while creating new economic opportunities that require higher levels of skills and education.
Skills: There are increasing concerns that today’s education and training systems are not keeping up with new needs for skills and education.
Work: New technology has prompted a shift in how work is structured, leading to a rise in part-time work, contract work, contingent work, “gig” work, and other non-traditional types of employment.
Demographics: An increasingly aging workforce, changes in the composition of the workforce, and a decline in geographic mobility has put significant strains on some communities, and some industries in particular.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock, 2018-2019 NGA Chair, formally begins the national conversation with governors at the launch of Good Jobs for All Americans at the Closing Plenary of the 2018 NGA Summer Meeting on July 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico
2018-2019 NGA Chair Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana starts the dialogue with the nation's governors to begin advancing the goals and priorities of Good Jobs for All Americans.
Three Regional Workshops
Regional leaders, including governors, their staff, business leaders, researchers, philanthropists, and other stakeholders will gather to have in-depth discussions focused on the Good Jobs for All Americans framework, providing their input, and sharing solutions they have developed.
Good Jobs for All Americans Summit
Governors and other national leaders will gather in Whitefish, Montana to highlight state leadership, unveil the cumulative findings of the Regional Leadership Workshops, and finalize a Governors’ Guide and next steps to ensure the availability of Good Jobs for All Americans.
Governors’ Guide: Good Jobs for All Americans
At the 2019 NGA Summer Meeting, Governor Bullock will present the completed “Governors’ Guide: A Roadmap for Providing Good Jobs for All Americans,” building on the conversations and activities held across the country throughout the initiative. This will serve as a launching point for further action by governors to help workers prepare for current and future careers.
1. Workforce of the Future: Positioning State Economies for Success
Changing technology and demographics can significantly affect the nature of work and the skills needed by future employees. However, governors that capitalize on these changes to enable youth to find pathways to good jobs can position their economies for success.
2. Second Acts: Reskilling Mid-Career Workers for Success
Many mid-career workers have suffered economic displacement as a result of these trends. Opportunities to re-skill and up-skill in the face of a changing economy can ensure their continued access to and success in the labor market.
3. Rural Resurgence: Empowering the Rural Workforce
With declining populations, limited access to educational opportunities, and/or poor quality digital and physical infrastructure, rural communities are increasingly separated from economic success By investing in rural economic development and workforce participation, governors can strengthen this backbone of society.