Innovation & Research

The Academy delivers professional economic development reports. This includes studies of best practices, industry surveys, as well as quarterly Economic Development Snapshots. These Snapshots offer CALED members, state and local officials, business leaders, and labor and community leaders with timely state-wide labor market information highlighting key economic performance indicators and projections of emerging trends affecting California’s economy.

Outsmart Disaster Campaign

Outsmart Disaster is a statewide awareness campaign that is focused primarily on providing California businesses with the resources they need to adequately prepare for and recover from all types of disasters.


  • To improve communication of disaster hazard science and engineering for use in decision-making processes
  • To help understand and inform actions to reduce disaster risks
  • To build community capacity to respond to and recover from disasters

California’s Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) designed the Outsmart Disaster Campaign and designated The Academy as a Campaign partner responsible for overseeing successful implementation of Campaign deliverables.

The Academy received a grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to expand upon the work initiated in the Outsmart Disaster Campaign to increase the reach to more communities statewide and has released these two Request for Proposals for review and response by interested parties:

Local Liaison and Implementation Partner (LLIP) [click to view the RFP document]

Creative & Digital Partner [click to view the RFP document]

Proposals are due by 5pm on June 8, 2021. 

Significant Reports & Programs

Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership (ATIP) Program

The California Academy for Economic Development (CAED) and its managing partner, the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) have embarked on an exciting partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Services (USDA-ARS), Office of Technology Transfer. After a year of discussions, a memorandum of understanding was signed in October of 2010 making CALED one of nine partners nationwide in the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership (ATIP) Program. Learn more here.

California Rural Infrastructure Finance Guidebook

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), California Academy for Economic Development’s (CAED) managing partner, worked with other partners to develop this guidebook to provide a resource to help build capacity in infrastructure financing for rural communities and to move economic development projects forward. Learn more here.

Public Sector Economic Development Staffing Database & Needs Assessment


Growing Thriving Rural EDCs


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