Since its inception in 1942, CED has addressed national priorities that promote sustained economic growth and development to benefit all Americans. These activities have helped shape the future on issues ranging from the Marshall Plan in the late 1940s, to education reform in the past three decades, and campaign finance reform since 2000. CED's research findings are coupled with multi-pronged outreach efforts throughout the country and abroad, achieving tangible impact at the local, state, and national levels.

CED’s Significant Contributions to Past Policy

  • The Marshall Plan
  • The Bretton Woods Agreement
  • The Employment Act of 1946
  • Pre-K Education Importance and Funding
  • The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act
  • Corporate Governance Reform

CED Major Policy Influence

  • Fiscal Health – Fundamental tax and healthcare reform
  • Corporate governance, including the role of women on boards
  • Education – Post-secondary access and achievement; human resources in K-12; business partnerships; performance measurement; STEM achievement
  • Immigration – Visas for skilled workers
  • Older workers
  • Free trade
  • Foreign assistance, and the role of women in growth

CED Vision Testimonials
“I cannot think of a single business organization other than CED that not only knew what they were against, but knew what they were for, and that’s really, really important, because as we say in Tennessee any mule can kick a barn down, it takes a carpenter to build one. CED is the only business group I’m aware of that’s in the carpentry business.” - Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN)

“CED is not just an organization for reform, they’re an organization for free enterprise, for free trade, for all of the fundamental principles that I also believe are vital to the future of America, and I’m grateful.” –Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)