Gov. Brian Sandoval’s 2017-2018 Chair’s Initiative
National Governors Association

I am honored to have been chosen by my peers as the 2017-18 chair of the National Governors Association (NGA). As Chair, I look forward to engaging with my fellow governors and others through my chair’s initiative: “Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors.” Through this initiative, we will highlight how governors and those we govern can stay one step ahead of the rapidly advancing technologies that impact the daily lives of residents and businesses in our states.

The world is changing rapidly due to amazing new digital and advanced technologies. These technologies are transforming our daily ways of life and altering how businesses and industries operate. From how we heat and cool our buildings to the cars we drive, or that drive themselves, we are witnessing what some have declared the “fourth Industrial Revolution.” Given the implications for our citizens and economies, governors are looking for ideas to leverage the opportunities these new technologies present and tackle challenges to stay “ahead of the curve.”

Ahead of the Curve will have two focus areas: energy and transportation, which I have seen change the economy and quality of life for the better in my home state of Nevada.

Gov. Brian Sandoval

Ahead of the Curve will have two focus areas: energy and transportation, which I have seen change the economy and quality of life for the better in my home state of Nevada. We will gather state teams at energy and transportation summits and examine opportunities related to innovative energy and transportation technologies, explore the impacts of these technologies on other sectors such as healthcare, education and public safety, consider implications for the workforce, cyber security and advanced communications systems and develop roadmaps that will help states navigate these important topics.

Working Together

These are complex, yet very important topics. Through this initiative — and with your engagement — I am confident that we can explore the proactive measures, partnership and policies that can help us to be “innovation governors” and help states to remain ahead of the curve.

— Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, 2017-2018 NGA Chair