Governor Steve Bullock will tomorrow be selected to lead the National Governors Association (NGA) by his peers at their summer meeting. Over the next year, Governor Bullock will lead a national conversation with governors on his chair’s initiative, Good Jobs for All Americans, and highlight innovative actions governors can take to connect workers to good-paying careers both today and in the future.
“I am profoundly grateful to my colleagues for offering me the opportunity to chair the National Governors Association for the next year,” said Governor Bullock. “As governors, we must ensure workers have economic security and a pathway to long-term prosperity, and companies can recruit and manage a workforce that meets their needs.”
“We have a long way to go to creating pathways to good jobs for all Americans, and we will certainly face obstacles along the way. However, I am confident that we will make significant progress towards expanding upward mobility and safeguarding economic opportunity for the next generation. I look forward to your collaboration on the journey that lies ahead,” Bullock continued.
Governor Bullock’s 2018-2019 NGA Chair’s Initiative Good Jobs for All Americans will map challenges and trends facing state economies and labor markets and address these trends through three major areas of focus:
- Preparing the workforce of the future for the jobs of tomorrow
- Reskilling mid-career workers for success
- Empowering the rural workforce
More details on Governor Bullock’s Good Jobs for All Americans initiative can be found at this link.
In Montana over the last five years, Governor Bullock has bolstered education and workforce initiatives to ensure that residents are prepared for good-paying jobs and that employers can fill their workforce needs:
- Governor Bullock created the Future Ready MT Cabinet to unify the administration’s education and workforce initiatives and reach a goal that 60 percent of adults have a post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.
- Registered apprenticeships have increased by almost 30% with training programs available in over 70 occupations.
- Governor Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project has built robust partnerships across education, labor, the private sector and both state and local partners to strengthen talent pipelines.
- Two-year colleges in the Montana University System are partnering with employers and the Registered Apprenticeship Program to develop customized apprenticeships connected to academic credit.
First Lady Lisa Bullock will serve as chair of the National Governors Association’s Spouses’ Leadership Committee (SLC) for the 2018-2019 term. In her role as SLC chair, First Lady Bullock will work with the spouses of the nation’s governors to address early childhood education and childhood hunger as her initiatives.
Coincidentally, Lt. Governor Mike Cooney was selected by his peers last month to serve as chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) for the 2018-2019 term.
NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors identify priority issues and deal collectively with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels.