North Dakota Selected to Join National Governors Association Workforce Innovation Network

BISMARCK, ND – The National Governors Association today announced that North Dakota and five other states have been selected for the second phase of the NGA Workforce innovation network (NGA WINNER), in which states will deploy interagency teams to identify and implement strategies that advance digital skills development and more equitable economic participation.

In response to the impacts of accelerating trends in automation and digital transformation on work, workers and workplaces, NGA WIN will award Hawai’i, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island up to $ 100,000 each and will provide technical assistance to help state teams ensure all individuals have the digital skills necessary to participate in work, education or training . The NGA Center will work with NGA WIN advisers to provide technical assistance and best practice resources to participating states until June 2022.

“The labor shortage in North Dakota remains the primary obstacle to economic growth in our state, and joining the NGA’s Workforce Innovation Network will help us ensure that the Dakotas people in the North have the digital skills they need to enter the labor market, pursue further education or seek training opportunities. Said Governor Doug Burgum. “We are grateful to NGA WIN for selecting North Dakota as one of six states to participate in the second phase of this important initiative.”

The NGA Center will provide sub-grants and technical assistance to states with the support of NGA’s founding sponsor WIN, the Cognizant Foundation, and additional sponsors Intel, Microsoft, Western Governors University and Walmart, the latest addition to the growing coalition of partners and supporters of NGA WIN. .

Each state team – made up of representatives from the boards of governors, workforce development agencies and state workforce boards, and other government agencies State – will work collaboratively towards a vision for the State to address the gaps in digital equity and workforce success by advancing digital skills development. States will use tools such as the Digital equity dashboard – developed by NGA WIN advisors from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, National Skills Coalition and Microsoft – to collect new data on skills gaps and develop plans to close gaps across sectors, geographies and priority demographics.

“Governors offer creative solutions to help workers and job seekers access the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing economy, and NGA is honored to support them,” said Timothy Blute, Director of NGA Center. “We look forward to working with these six states to help them develop and implement strategies to improve access to digital skills that are increasingly essential for workers and businesses.”

An initiative of the NGA Center Workforce Development and Economic Policy Program, NGA WIN was based in January in partnership with the Cognizante Foundation as a collaborative, non-partisan action for heads of state committed to building an inclusive and resilient workforce. In March, NGA WIN awarded 10 states each up to $ 100,000 and has provided its multi-agency state teams with personalized technical assistance to improve employment outcomes in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19 by connecting job seekers to career opportunities. work, education or training and essential support services. Case studies and best practices from this first round of NGA WIN state grants will be published later this year.

Since its launch, NGA WIN a secured additional partnerships with Microsoft, Intel, Western Governors University and Walmart, and hosted over 20 new philanthropic supporters, subject matter experts, practitioners and industry leaders to support governors and heads of state in their workforce innovation efforts through grants and technical assistance provided by the network.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the country’s 55 governors. Through the NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest, and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support principles of federalism.

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