Economic Opportunity Archive

  • Family Economic Security

    Children who are raised in low-income families are more likely to earn less when they become adults, to have lower educational attainment and to have poor health outcomes than children who were raised in families that were ...

  • Child Welfare

    To ensure the safety of vulnerable children, state leadership is essential to mobilize the resources and efforts of critical public and private stakeholders. Governors can communicate a vision of shared responsibility for ...

  • Human Services

    Governors play a critical role in the protection and support of vulnerable children, families and individuals. Human service programs offer opportunities for low-income families to achieve self-sufficiency and provide for ...

  • Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing

    States have a role to play in restoring U.S. manufacturing to a competitive position in the global economy and in shaping the manufacturing industries and jobs of the future. A number of states are crafting strategies with a ...

  • Arts & the Economy

    Governors are increasingly incorporating arts and cultural exchanges into their economic development approaches. Many states have invested in the arts as a strategy to attract the “creative class” and reverse ...

  • Entrepreneurship & New Businesses Development

    Home-Grown Economic Development The global economy is propelled by the growth of small, young, high-growth companies. Typically created and driven by entrepreneurs, these companies are the primary source of new jobs. States ...

  • Innovation & Economic Growth

    Governors face the economic challenge of competing in a global economy in the midst of a national recession and state budgetary crisis. The key to surmounting this challenge is smart people and new discoveries—in other ...

  • Economic Development

    Businesses – and the people who start them and work for them – create jobs and compete in the global marketplace. Accordingly, a state’s success depends largely on the smart people and new discoveries keeping its ...