The Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO), the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and the Pelican Institute in Louisiana have come together in a unique effort to advance an anti-poverty policy agenda. While GCO, TPPF, and Pelican are leading these efforts, we will share any findings and results with others across the State Policy Network (and any other ally) so that successes can be replicated across the country. Ultimately, success will require many organizations and leaders operating at both the state and federal levels coming together to execute at the highest levels.

The three state alliance is focusing on three areas of reform that will unlock opportunity: 

  1. Keeping Vulnerable Americans on Track: Safety Net Reform
  2. Ensure Everyone Has the Right to Earn a Living: Workforce Reform
  3. Addressing Poverty Through the Justice System: Criminal Justice Reform

Georgia Center for Opportunity

The Georgia Center for Opportunity ( works to remove barriers to ensure that every person has access to quality education, fulfilling work, and healthy family life by promoting ideas in civil society and policy that impacts underserved communities. Founded in 1990, its mission is to create opportunities for a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life so that everyone can live a life that can be characterized as truly flourishing.

Pelican Institute for Public Policy

The Pelican Institute ( believes every person should have the opportunity to flourish. The Institute’s mission is to research and develop policy solutions to address the most significant barriers to opportunity in Louisiana. Pelican educates the public about the benefits of individual liberty and free enterprise, turning great ideas into powerful policy solutions that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s ( mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public-policy debate.  TPPF believes human flourishing is at the heart of each research effort it undertakes. With a laser focus on removing government barriers that prohibit human flourishing at the state or federal level, we will improve the lives of our fellow citizens.