Over the past several years, the leaders of America’s 55 states, territories, and commonwealths have taken more prominent roles on the world stage. State Governors have been advancing Americans’ interests in building strong economic and other ties across the globe.
Our state economies are intertwined with numerous nations to the point that many Americans have jobs because companies around the world invest in the U.S. and we sell countless products and services to other nations. International economic relationships are vital — so foreign officials, businesses, nonprofits, and community groups are turning more often than ever before to our states’ chief executives for insights and stability.
With this in mind, the National Governors Association (NGA) created a new program called NGA Global as a platform for governors to convene with their counterparts beyond U.S. borders. Our member governors foster mutually beneficial relationships to boost their states’ global competitiveness and fulfill their goals in infrastructure, energy, agriculture, tourism, innovation, workforce development, public health, law enforcement, human rights, education, the environment and more. Most importantly, Governors working with their fellow leaders in other countries and with companies across the Globe creates economic development and job creation in their states.