Tools & Resources


A tool for comparing incentive programs across states.


This paper, developed for the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network, describes promising practices for talent development and how economic development agencies can help companies access the talent they need. It discusses various types of activities that state economic development agencies may consider going forward and what some state economic development agencies are already doing to cultivate a talent pipeline.

This white paper, developed for the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network, describes state approaches and promising practices for rural economic development based on recent research findings and the collective wisdom of state economic development officials for improving and expanding rural regions.

The Council of Development Finance Agencies hosts a valuable site on Opportunity Zones, including information on the Opportunity Zone program, the rules and regulations, official Treasury designations, and other useful resources.

This report includes helpful information from the Council of Development Finance Agencies on how states are approaching using Opportunity Zones to advance economic development strategies.

This report explores how states can make it quicker and easier for entrepreneurs to launch a new business or bring an innovative product to market. The report focuses on how to improve the efficiency of regulatory systems so businesses can comply with the rules in a less costly and time-consuming manner, and/or partner with businesses to increase compliance as well as economic opportunity.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock led last year’s NGA Chair’s initiative. Called “Good Jobs for all Americans,” it is designed to better understand challenges and trends and identify actionable solutions to help education and training initiatives.

This site includes the press release announcing the official Treasury Department-issued proposed regulations and other published guidance for the new Opportunity Zone tax incentive in October and a link to the detailed proposed regulations.