Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s 2018-2019 NGA Chair’s Initiative

The world of work is transforming at a rapid pace. Changes in technology, skills requirements, work relationships, and demographics threaten to leave many workers behind. The effects of these trends are not evenly distributed. The goal of Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s 2018-2019 NGA Chair’s Initiative Good Jobs for All Americans is to demonstrate that governors have a key role to play in solving these challenges, and to highlight innovative actions governors can take to connect workers to good-paying careers both today and in the future.

Register for 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.

Pittsburgh
Sept. 12-13, 2018
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Las Vegas
Dec. 5-6, 2018
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Des Moines
March 4-5, 2019
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Mapping Trends & Challenges in States

TechnologyAdvances 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

Key Activities

2018 NGA Summer Meeting

Initiative Launches

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.

2018-2019

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.

May 21-22, 2019

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.

2019 NGA Summer Meeting

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.

Success Strategies

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 ActsReskilling 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.

Share your jobs story

Governors know that companies across America are at the forefront of developing new, cutting-edge strategies to connect workers to careers that allow them to grow, and sustain a family; this initiative seeks to draw on those experiences and those lessons learned to inform how governors can lead changes in their states to grow their economies.

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