Projects

CED's ongoing projects address some of the most pressing public policy issues affecting U.S. economic development today. Each current CED project originates with a subcommittee made up of policy experts, CED Trustees and other executives, who discuss the issues and formulate policy recommendations based on these informed discussions. All of CED's ongoing activities and events are built around these policy recommendations made by Trustees in the subcommittee process.



Fiscal Health Project
CED advocates for bipartisan solutions to the nation's long-term debt crisis in forums and other events around the country and at key points in the political debates. CED's work on the budget and economic policy is tied to our central mission of improving sustained economic growth and development for all Americans. Learn more >>



Money In Politics Project
CED is deeply concerned about the changes taking place in political finance. Current fundraising practices promote a pay-to-play mentality that encourages political giving as a means of influencing legislative decision-making. CED urges companies to adopt policies on political spending with board engagement and oversight with emphasis on transparency and disclosure. Learn more >>



Early Learning Project
A high-quality early education instills a strong foundation of cognitive and social skills in children, making them more likely to graduate high school, stay out of crime, attend college, and achieve high earnings. But far too many, particularly in underserved communities, remain without access to it, and thus run the risk of facing challenges now and down the road. Because of what’s at stake for both children and society at large, CED is working to advance early education throughout the country, with recent efforts targeted in the states of Georgia, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Mississippi. There, CED is collaborating with local business leaders, policymakers, and like-minded organizations to increase the quality of, and access to, early education through public and private initiatives. At the national level, CED and its Trustees routinely join coalitions in support of investments in early learning to promote its social and economic benefits. CED’s Early Learning project is made possible through a generous grant from the Alliance for Early Success. Learn more >>



Sustainable Capitalism Project
A program launched in coordination with CED’s upcoming 75th anniversary to renew a founding principle. Learn more >>



Health Care Reform Project
The newly reconvened Healthcare Reform Subcommittee is expanding upon past CED research to provide a deeper and more detailed vision of the feasibility of a health insurance system with market-based competition among private insurance plans. Learn more >>



Women’s Economic Contribution
CED’s recent work examines the current state of corporate boards and urges companies to expand opportunities for women and make it a priority to develop the talents and advance the careers of female staff who have been identified as potential leaders. Learn more >>



Teacher Effectiveness Project
CED’s main program outcomes include: Examining and highlighting each community’s efforts to improve teacher quality. Focusing the attention of business, education, and labor stakeholders on the current teacher-effectiveness agenda, evidence-based reform projects, and the potential for system improvement. Building and strengthening partnerships with business and education, reaching out to include labor representation (where applicable), and linking these efforts to state-level policy reforms. Developing and supporting the implementation of policies and strategies for strengthening the teacher quality system. Learn more >>



Postsecondary Education Project
Postsecondary degree attainment has been a major factor in driving America's economic gains over the last 40 years. But after decades as the international leader, the United States is falling behind other nations in providing students with the higher education credentials that have value in the workplace. To help close this skills gap so the nation remains globally competitive, CED has embarked on an 18-month research project to survey employers and non-employers about the methods they are using – and also the challenges and impediments – to support the higher degree attainment and skills certification of employees. Focus groups and interviews are being held in the metropolitan areas of New York (New York City), Tennessee (Memphis), Florida (Miami), and Michigan (Detroit). A comprehensive report on the project’s findings will be published in winter 2015. CED’s Postsecondary Education project is made possible through a generous grant from the Lumina Foundation. Learn more >>



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