Governors’ Institute on Community Design
The Governors’ Institute on Community Design advises governors and state leaders as they seek to guide growth and development in their states. The Institute brings together leading practitioners and academicians in the fields of government, design, development, and regional economics to help each state’s executive team make informed choices as they shape the future of their states.
The Governors’ Institute on Community Design is a program run in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America. The Governors’ Institute was created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and was modeled on the very successful Mayors’ Institute on City Design.
The Governors’ Institute recognizes that each state faces its own challenges. Working with a governor’s staff and cabinet, the institute provides tailored technical assistance, typically through one- to two-day workshops that bring together the governor and his or her staff with nationally renowned experts to address issues the governor has identified. This assistance is designed to provide state leaders with practical strategies for creating vibrant, economically competitive communities.
The assistance the Governors’ Institute provides varies from state to state, but common elements include:
Technical assistance is developed individually for one governor and his or her cabinet and staff and held at a convenient location in the host state.
The host governor identifies the challenge, and the institute provides national experts who can offer potential solutions by sharing knowledge or supporting implementation.
The Institute covers most costs of the assistance, though the host state might be asked to make in-kind contributions, such as providing the venue for an event.
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