CED Spring Policy Conference
On May 9-10, 2013, CED hosted its Spring Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. The conference convened business and academic leaders with experts and executive and legislative branch officials to discuss the major economic and political issues facing our nation.
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.
Fiscal Health and the Economy
The policymaking process in Washington is breaking new ground in both the length of the metaphorical road and the number of dents in the budget can. Is there an end in sight, and will that end be fiscal responsibility or an economic and financial disaster?
Postsecondary Education Reform
The U.S. economy cannot grow without a skilled workforce. But postsecondary education is rapidly becoming unaffordable to American families, while public budgets are stressed and cannot fill the growing cost gap. What can business and public policy do to increase the number of people with postsecondary credentials and improve the quality of their education?
Sustainable capitalism is an enduring economic system that achieves a free society; steady economic growth; a higher standard of living; equal opportunity; and shared improvements in the quality of life. Are domestic and global challenges to free enterprise threatening the sustainability of American capitalism? How should American capitalism evolve to adapt to these challenges?
Politics and Policy
Politics and policymaking in Washington are said by insiders to have reached new depths of hostility and negativity. Cooperation and public spirit are hard if not impossible to find. Do the American people want to adapt to this deterioration in public life, or will policymakers finally change the tone in Washington?
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