Our Vision and Values

The Economic Progress Institute works towards the vision that…
  • The Ocean State has a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce that attracts and retains jobs that enable Rhode Islanders to support themselves and their families.
  • There is a shared responsibility for ensuring that all Rhode Islanders, especially low-wage workers and those who cannot work, are able to meet their basic needs.
  • Rhode Island has an effective, efficient, and well-funded public sector that provides vital public services to its residents.
  • Rhode Island has a fair and adequate tax structure.

And we hold the following core values….


The Economic Progress Institute is committed to using objective and thorough approaches to its work while adhering to high standards and accountability. The Institute produces credible and knowledge-based materials and information.


The Economic Progress Institute is committed to ensuring all Rhode Islanders, with their rich diversity, have access to economic resources, opportunities, and public services to grow and reach their full potential. We engage in strategies to achieve a shared prosperity.


The Economic Progress Institute is an adaptive organization committed to work of the highest quality. We work collaboratively and proactively to develop strategies and partnerships to address economic and social inequities. Our practices include time for reflection, discussion and identification of limitations to ensure our work meets the highest professional standards.

Active democracy

The Economic Progress Institute provides information and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders, especially those who don’t have a seat at the table, to actively participate in public debate and decision-making. We bring passionate leadership and involvement to the issues which we care about.