Gauging The Dream

Ed Burghard“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” … James Truslow Adams

It was both an honor and a thrill when I was approached by Site Selection Magazine to author an article describing the work I am doing to establish Xavier University’s American Dream Composite Index (ADCI) as the preferred metric for evaluating the performance of the economic development profession and elected officials.  For perspective, the underlying premise of my work is that the private sector is accountable for job growth, not the economic development profession or elected officials.  Instead, holding them accountable to enabling residents of their communities to better achieve the American Dream is the right standard to evaluate their performance.

The article just published.  To read the full article, simply click on the image.

Site Selection Article


The ADCI data is available on a national, multi-state regional and state level at the moment.  The team at Xavier University is evaluating the possibility of making the ADCI data available on a major metropolitan level as well.  It would be extremely helpful to the deliberation if you could comment on whether making an MSA level ADCI score will be helpful.  Thanks in advance for leaving a comment.

Read About My Journey To Learn More About The American Dream

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Indiana versus Michigan

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California versus Texas

Pennsylvania versus New York

North Carolina versus Texas

Ohio versus Michigan

How Easy Is It To Achieve The American Dream In Your State?

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