Launches Initiative to Support Governors' Leadership in Design
July 20, 2005
The National Endowment for the Arts has
launched a new initiative to support gubernatorial leadership
in good community design and planning. Created in partnership
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Governors'
Institute on Community Design will consist of quarterly workshops
pairing government officials with top planning experts in
order to identify and create innovative development strategies
that result in successful communities.
The newly formed institute, headed by former Governors Christine
Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Parris N. Glendening of Maryland,
will be modeled after the NEA's highly successful Mayors'
Institute on City Design that encourages government leaders
to capitalize on their roles as chief "designers."
"For 20 years, the NEA has championed excellence in
public design at a city level through our Mayor's Institute,"
says NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "Today we are delighted
now to expand our program to the state level with the Governors'