Economic Competitiveness

Do states have the right policies in place to be competitive in a global, 21st Century economy? This is a key question, because much of the policy innovation and hard work needed to cope with the challenges of globalization—building infrastructure, improving educational performance, strengthening cooperation between public and private institutions—is often best undertaken at the state level. It’s also the case that when the path toward necessary progress is blocked at the federal level, the states often step in.

But it’s still a brave new world for most governors and state economic development practitioners, and Pew's State and Consumer Initiatives are considering how to best help states develop an economic competitiveness agenda.

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Susan K. Urahn, Managing Director of the Pew Center on the States, speaks on the impact of the federal stimulus bill on state budgets at recent institute event.

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