Twenty years ago, at a time when economic development was about companies, CFED created the Development Report Card for the States. It put forth a simple but radical notion: economies are fundamentally about people.
The public sector in the U.S. has a long history of protecting against the excesses of an unfettered market system and looking out for those who would otherwise be left behind. Our whole society and whole economy benefits when this is done well.
The Economic Development Program at CFED behaves as a watchdog, celebrating public policies that build healthier communities, and calling out those that don’t. The Lessons Learned material in this section is particularly deep and rich; don’t miss it!