National Governors Association- Minnesota


From 2014-2016, key state partners worked together to strengthen alignment between Minnesota’s education and training pipeline and the changing needs of the economy. From pre-school to post secondary education, state agencies have worked together to coordinate efforts ensuring that all minnesotans have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to compete and succeed in the global economy. This effort was supported by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices. NGA is a bipartisan organization of the nat

ion’s governors. Minnesota was one of the 14 states to be selected to receive a grant and technical assistance from the NGA.

The work that Minnesota is doing will continue through 2018 by focusing on partnerships including, state agencies that are State Plan partners. Another key focus is developing industry-led sector partnerships at the state, regional, and local level. NGA will continue to provide technical assistance through the duration of the policy academy.

The Vision: To have a healthy economy where all Minnesotan’s have- or on path to- meaningful employment and a family stustaining wage, and where all employers are able to fill jobs in demand.


  1. To reduce educational and employment disparities based on race and disability to provide greater opportunity for all Minnesotans.
  2. To build employer-let industry sector partnerships focused on better understanding of the skills that employers need and connecting skilled workers to those opportunities.

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The Governors Workforce Development Board

The Governor’s Workforce Development Board (GWDB) is responsible for the advisement of the Governor on Minnesota’s workforce system. The board is made up to represent key leaders from business, education, labor, community-based organizations and government. The statutory responsibility of the GWDB falls under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides opportunity of leadership and key workforce strategies for the state of Minnesota. The GWDB is mandated and funded by WIOA and can be defined further by Minn.Stat.,Sect. 116L.665