"Meeting individual and collective needs."
COMMONWEALTHS AND TERRITORIES OF THE
44 ASSOCIATIONS OF
"The new structure ... may come to have immense symbolic importance"
Columnist Neal R. Peirce
The Washington Post
Governors were concerned with a proliferation of organizations to which states were providing
resources. Daniel J. Evans, then governor of Washington and Chairman of the National Governors'
Association conceived the idea of a "Building of the States" to co-locate offices to achieve economies
and focus. Rick Rodgers was tasked with devising and implementing a solution.
Individuals and teams of the now Who's Who of The Resource Network worked together as representatives
of states and associations, real estate professionals, attorneys, architects, and more to (1) assess
needs, resources, and opportunities;(2) locate, conceive, negotiate and formulate a facility; (3)
conceptualize services more enhanced than any participant could then afford or envision on their
own; (4) conceive and develop the State Services Organization as a joint venture between and among
three of the most influential organizations to facilitate and manage the venture, and (5) market,
develop and successfully launch the venture with 32 offices of states and 44 offices of state
officials coming together sharing resources to better meet individual and collective needs.
Described in his book as "one of the best examples of intergovernmental relations", author
David D. Arnold captures the essence of the solution that has proven to be a highly successful
joint service venture:
"To get the enterprise on its feet financially as well as organizationally, Robert D. Ray,
governor of Iowa, and Richard R. Rodgers, the NGA director of finance, traveled all around the
country, meeting with governors and other state officials, to sell the idea of state associations
and state offices moving into the building. They took a positive approach to the task, pointing out
the advantages, not just the cost savings. They stressed the advantages of individual association
autonomy in a setting that shared a joint library, print shop, conference facilities, and other
central services. They pointed out that the synergy of proximity would strengthen both the individual
and collective interests of the states."
David D. Arnold
The Hall of the States was an experimental foundation for what has evolved into
The Resource Network. The "new structure", experienced as more than a physical building, has "immense"
"Public Sector Associations and State and Local Governments: A Bridge Across One Hundred Years"