Join Us Feb. 23-26, 2018


Welcome to the 2018 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting!

As chair of NGA, I invite you to join governors from across the country in Washington, D.C., at the JW Marriott, Feb. 23–26. The Winter Meeting offers a unique platform for governors to discuss important issues facing the country, and an opportunity to share the innovative solutions happening every day at the state level.

This year the meeting will focus on some of the most pressing issues facing our nation and what lies ahead for states in areas such as education, health care, energy and workforce.

My NGA chair’s initiative, “Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors,” delves deeper into innovation and technology, with a particular focus in the areas of transportation and energy. The initiative will examine ways governors can help citizens, businesses and the public sector prepare for the upcoming technological transformation of the economy. Ahead of the Curve will allow for state teams to develop a roadmap for policy efforts based on expert ideas and peer-to- peer sharing, and will connect stakeholders with governors and state officials to share insights and policy ideas.

Throughout the weekend, governors will also hold various meetings to discuss the crucial issues states face, including the state-federal partnership. Those meetings include open plenary sessions and committee meetings, as well as closed-door private meetings for governors only.

NGA Vice Chair Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and I look forward to seeing you in our nation’s capital.

Sincere Regards,

Governor Brian Sandoval
NGA Chair

About the Winter Meeting

The National Governors Association—the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors—promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy.

The Winter Meeting provides a space for governors to meet and discuss state-federal priorities and it provides a unique opportunity for governors to work with one another to pursue common objectives within issues such as healthcare, education and workforce.

International leaders, corporate executives, government officials and other policy thought-leaders also gather to engage with the governors.

Draft Agenda Released
The draft agenda of NGA’S 2018 Winter Meeting can be found here.

We also invite you to get APPY!

In an effort to streamline and conserve resources, NGA won’t be printing Winter Meeting program booklets.  Daily schedules will be available at on-site registration, but keep in mind the NGA Winter Meeting app will have all the info you need!  

Through the NGA Winter Meeting app, meeting participants may access the complete schedule of events, including session times and locations, speaker biographies, maps, resource materials and additional information. The app is for registered attendees only and will be secured with a registration code unique to each individual.  One week prior to the Winter Meeting a custom email will be sent which will include instructions to download the app.  Be sure to open the email invitation on the device you are using at the meeting ie: your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or laptop. Please look for this email as we get closer to the meeting!


Here are some of the issues NGA will be focusing on at the Winter Meeting 

International Cooperation

In 2018, governors go global. Now, more than ever, governors are becoming leaders in international affairs – looking to their subnational peers, thought leaders and international executives to increase the economic development of their respective states.

Health Care

As the opioid epidemic persists, governors will engage in a dialogue about how states can tackle the ongoing problem. In addition, governors will discuss how to address rising prescription drug costs.

Technology & Innovation

As part of his NGA chair’s initiative, NV Gov. Brian Sandoval, will lead a session on the topics of energy and transportation — looking at the ways that the incoming technological revolution will change how states and their citizens interact.

Education & Workforce

Governors will discuss the future of innovation in education and the workforce and how to prepare today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow.


A session will delve deeper into the future of food and agriculture and how it affects other topics such as economic development, healthcare and the workforce.

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  • JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
  • 202-393-2000