This report is an outcome of the Natural Assets Project, a collaborative initiative of the Political Economy Research Institute supported by the Ford Foundation. The report draws on papers prepared for the Conference on Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in January 2000. We are grateful to the conference participants for insights, support, and inspiration.
National Policy Work
The federal government has launched on-line pre-budget consultations and is seeking input from across the country. Through this process, organizations and individuals involved in CED have the opportunity to share ideas, express concerns, and to highlight the benefits of a CED approach. Your submission to the pre-budget consultations will support our collective vision.
Elaine L. Edgcomb and Tamra Thetford of FIELD at The Aspen Institute examine the growing role of microenterprise as a job development strategy and how state and local governments, among others, can can support more microenterprise development.
Carla Javits, president of REDF — The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund — explores a promising job creation approach known as employment social enterprises, which would create jobs with the explicit purpose of employing low-income people facing multiple barriers to employment.
Sallie Glickman, Joseph Semsar and Samuel Williford at Fels Research and Consulting at the University of Pennsylvania explore innovative strategies that have the potential to alleviate job-skill mismatches, especially for youth and low-income families.
Sarah Treuhaft and Victor Rubin of PolicyLink explore the role that infusing economic inclusion into large-scale economic development and job creation at the national, state and regional policy levels can have on creating more job opportunities for at-risk communities.