Good Jobs First

Tracking Subsidies, Promoting Accountability in Economic Development

aka Corporate Research Project   |   Washington, DC   |  www.goodjobsfirst.org

Mission

Good Jobs First is a national policy resource that promotes corporate and government accountability in economic development. Since 1998, it has fought for reforms to increase transparency around the use of public money used in the name of economic development, and has revealed the numerous ways corporations – many of whom receive subsidies – violate civil and criminal regulations and laws.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mr Greg LeRoy

Main address

1380 Monroe St NW PMB 405

Washington, DC 20010 USA

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EIN

82-0542649

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Economic development decisions are made largely behind closed doors by political and corporate powerbrokers. Public officials and developers use their political power and influence on the news media to portray economic development as a complex, secretive process beyond the understanding of the average citizen. Although the purpose of economic development is to improve the quality of life for local residents, residents rarely have much input into what form that improvement takes or how it will be brought about. When citizens do attempt to participate, they often find that they cannot obtain even the most basic information about the deals being considered. Those seated at the negotiating table claim that the details of subsidy talks must be kept secret until the deal is sealed, or companies will bolt. The result is that a company's announcement to build in an area, accompanied by the government's announcement of a large subsidy package, is often the first official word the public hears

Our programs

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Good Jobs First - general mission

We are a research, technical assistance and policy resource center for constituency-based groups, public officials and journalists seeking to make economic development programs and deals more transparent, accountable and cost-effective.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Empower constituency-based groups, public officials and journalists seeking to make economic development programs and deals more transparent, accountable and cost-effective.

We publish 50-state "report card" studies on key accountability metrics such as online transparency, job creation and job quality standards (wages, benefits, full-time hours, etc.) and monitoring and enforcement (clawbacks, rescissions, recalibrations, etc.). We have published more than 120 additional studies: on specific kinds of subsidy programs (e.g., tax increment financing), on specific aspects (including more analyses of the geographic distributions of subsidies that any group in the world), on specific states and/or groups of states, and on current issues (e.g., state agency privatization). We actively train, speak, publicize and testify about our findings; provide active assistance to diverse organization; and continuously grow and improve Subsidy Tracker.

We are uniquely qualified to perform this work and have long been recognized as the nation's leading policy resource center on economic development accountability reforms such as disclosure, job quality standards and clawbacks.

As described elsewhere, we have won far greater disclosure by states than ever existed before, and that public data has in turn enabled all kinds of reform debates over clawbacks, job quality standards and other best practices.

We have not yet accomplished implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 77. As of this writing (early 2016) the statement is just taking effect and will be reflected in Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports issued by state and local governments in mid-2017. We are working both with GASB (around its implementation guidance) and with partner groups in many states to ensure that the data is uniform, accessible and rapidly analyzed when it is published.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Good Jobs First

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tim Frank

Self-Employed Planning and Development Consultant, founding chair, Sierra Club Challenge to Sprawl

Term: 2015 - 2016

Naomi Walker

Economic Policy Institute

Eric Griego

Working Families Party of New Mexico

Madeline Janis

Jobs to Move America

Ed Smith

Union Labor Life Insurance Company

Mark Harrison

General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church

Leslie Moody

Rancho Gallina, former Executive Director, Partnership for Working Families

Tim Frank

Environmental & Planning Consultant

Brandon McKoy

New Jersey Policy Perspective

Dalia Thornton

AFSCME

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/10/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.