JTM Reports was founded in 1988 when the Council on Municipal Performance was merged with the National Municipal League, which moved from New York City to Denver, Colorado. The company worked on issues of regional economic development and compared the relative health of food and public health in different cities. Finally, JTM Reports was engaged on issues of corporate social reponsibility.
1. Regional Economic Development after the End of the Cold War. As the Cold War ended, the company worked on both the Soviet and U.S. ends of defense conversion. On the Soviet side, John Tepper Marlin consulted on preparations for a 1990 mission by U.S. business executives to the Soviet Union to look at the downsizing and privatization of military facilities. This mission was summarized in a report edited by Marlin and Paul Grenier, Report and Recommendations iof an International Working Group on Economic Demilitarization and Adjustment, published by the Council on Economic Priotities in 1991.
JTM Reports also obtained a grant from the MacArthur Foundation for a study of U.S. regional economic adjustment after the end of the Cold War. The President of JTM Reports, John Tepper Marlin, testified before Congress on the subject of conversion of defense-dependent U.S. communities from defense jobs to civilian work. The testimony contributed to federal assistance to communities affected by defense downsizing. This work was co-authored by Betty Lall and John Tepper Marlin and was published as Building a Peace Economy: Opportunities and Problems of Post-Cold War Defense Cuts by Westview Press in 1992.
2. How Safe/Healthy Is Our Food? JTM Reports also prepared The Catalogue of Healthy Food, published by Bantam in 1990, which analyzed the practical meaning of healthy food in the U.S. marketplace and compared the quality of food in different parts of the United States, with an emphasis on different certifications of organic food and other definitions of healthfulness.
3. How Healthy Are Our Cities? In 1992, HarperCollins published The Livable Cities Almanac, which compared cities on a number of measures, including mortality rates, public safety, economic health, the environment, health services, recreation facilities, and school-health education and services.
4. Corporate Social Responsibility: The First Stakeholder Report. In 1989, JTM Reports was retained by Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Waterbury, VT to serve as its first Social Auditor. The 1989 B&J annual report included the first-ever Stakeholder Report - signed by JTM Reports. One of the recommendations JTM Reports made was for a lower-fat B&J option...
JTM Reports was deactivated in October 1992 when the President was appointed Chief Economist to New York City Comptroller Liz Holtzman.