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General Purposes

Good Jobs First

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2006
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Good Jobs First (GJF) is based on the belief that economic development incentives can be effective in addressing poverty and promoting sound economies. Drawing from the most promising models nationally, GJF provides tools such as model programs, research, technical assistance and media assistance that community-based organizations, budget analysts, public officials and economic development professionals can use to promote best practices in economic development.Multiyear funding will support objectives that include expanding connections to the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative; hosting national conferences in 2004 and 2006; strengthening links between smart growth and workforce development; and promoting workforce development through job quality standards.Recent accomplishments included promoting best practices in state and local economic development; publishing more than 20 studies and reports; providing expert testimony and technical assistance to local and state economic development officials and policymakers; conducting extensive outreach to community-based and other advocacy groups; and organizing a national conference, with more than 300 participants from 36 states and a wide range of organizations.