Governor O’Malley Hosts First Ever GPI Summit

Spearheading Maryland’s efforts to engage and educate other states onMaryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator(GPI) – a measure of statewide well-being − Governor Martin O’Malley hosted a summit with stakeholders from across the nation on October 9 in Annapolis. Maryland is the national leader in the development and use of the GPI, recentlyannouncing that new, 2011 data shows a 2 percent increase over 2010.

“Maryland’s use of the GPI has cultivated overwhelming enthusiasm among scientists and officials from across the nation for good reason,” said Governor O’Malley. “The choices we make about where we live, the choices we make about the future of our planet, the choices we make about how we commute to work, the choices we make through our government about investing in education, in innovation, in rebuilding our infrastructure – all of these things are connected… they all impact our quality of life… they all impact our ability to create jobs and expand opportunity in a changing new economy.”

The summit brought together GPI practitioners to discuss the implementation of a GPI, refine its methodology, and encourage other state governments to adopt their own GPI. The summit was funded by the Town Creek Foundation through a grant to Demos, a national organization which combines research, policy development and advocacy to influence public debate and catalyze change.

“Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator is a major step forward in developing a new model for measuring economic performance, one that is improving public decision-making for the challenges of the 21st century economy and for the people of Maryland,” said Lew Daly, director of the Sustainable Progress Initiative at Demos. “Governor O’Malley and his GPI team are helping to set a new standard for other states, in addition to advancing the dialogue about best practices in this rapidly emerging field.”