The National Governors Association and the World Economic Forum Announce New Partnership

WASHNGTON—Today the National Governors Association (NGA) is announcing a new partnership with the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the Centre) to identify and implement policies promoting technological innovation. NGA’s technology policy office, NGA Future, will work with the Centre to host policymaker workshops on emerging innovations at the 2018 NGA Summer Meeting and in the fall at the Centre’s San Francisco headquarters. These workshops will create awareness about new technologies and identify relevant policy actions at the state level.

NGA is very excited about the new opportunities sparked by this collaboration. “This new partnership will provide governors and key staff with expert advice on the best ways for states to prepare for future innovation,” said Scott Pattison, NGA CEO and Executive Director.

“The World Economic Forum’s work through the Centre is perfectly aligned with the goals of my Chairman’s Initiative, Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Chairman of the National Governors Association. “I am certain that the Centre’s partnership with the NGA will prove to be of incredible benefit to both organizations as we all look toward the future of technology policy.”

The partnership between NGA and the Centre recognizes the rapid growth of technological advancement and affirms the critical role of states in facilitating innovation in the coming years. Both organizations anticipate a fruitful relationship, bringing together policymakers and scientific experts to produce effective regulatory frameworks for future technologies.

“The National Governors Association is the first organization of subnational governments to partner with the Centre,” said Murat Sönmez, Head of the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network. “We are looking forward to working with the association.”

This partnership is just the latest of several NGA initiatives designed to prepare governors for future innovations in everything from artificial intelligence to self-driving cars. Learn more about NGA Future and the World Economic Forum.

About the National Governors Association
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit

About the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network
Headquartered in San Francisco, the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network brings together governments, leading companies, civil society and experts from around the world to co-design and pilot innovative approaches to the policy and governance of new technologies. Its vision is to shape the development and use of emerging technologies in ways that will maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.

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