Employment and Jobs

Innovations in State Employee Ownership Policy

May 2, 2024  • Economic Opportunities Program


States around the country are increasingly recognizing the benefits of employee ownership in creating and retaining good jobs and successful businesses in their communities. And in response, they are developing new legislation and policies to support the growth of employee ownership within their states by offering additional tax incentives, financial support, and other assistance and resources.

  • Mike Padden, State Senator, 4th District, Washington State Senate
  • Naquetta Ricks, State Representative, District 40, Colorado House of Representatives
  • Kerry Siggins, CEO, StoneAge; Chair, Colorado Employee Ownership Commission
  • Paul Kinghorn, Director, Center for Business and Innovation Growth/Advance Iowa, University of Northern Iowa
  • Zach Warmbrodt, Financial Services Editor, Politico (moderator)


This video comes from the second Employee Ownership Ideas Forum, hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Our 2024 Forum, “Employee Ownership on the Ground,” brought innovative employee share ownership initiatives and speakers from around the country to Washington DC to highlight how this bipartisan approach to improving jobs, wealth creation, and business performance is helping create more equitable economies in states, cities, and rural communities.

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