Governors Midwest Initiatives Events



Chair's Agenda
America's Smartland Discussion Series


Economic Development


Renewing the Midwestern Brand


Current Initiatives

The Midwest is not just the nation's breadbasket and transportation crossroads, but, also America's Smartland. The region's governors offer practical approaches to issues that often serve as catalysts for national strategies and solutions. With regional concerns and objectives in mind, the MGA examines federal programs and policies that impact the Midwest. The MGA focuses its efforts on four main policy areas of agriculture, economic development, energy and renewing the Midwestern brand.

Each year, the MGA leads a “Chair’s Initiative,” which is selected by the MGA Chair. Most recently, the MGA has tackled the issues of reducing poverty and expanding opportunities, strengthening the propane supply chain, and reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species. The Chair’s Agenda typically consists of a working group comprised of state staff, industry leaders, and relevant stakeholders. This group holds regular conference calls as well as in-person meeting(s) during the chair’s term.

For more information about the current Chair's agenda, click here.

MGA policy platforms are addressed on these initiatives pages, governors' policy letters/resolutions page, news releases page and MGA publications.

For past MGA efforts, please visit our Initiatives Archive page by clicking here.