Articles In June 2008

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The Finance Officer’s Role in Capital Projects

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In assuming a greater responsibility or project leadership, the finance officer can help position the local government to consistently make decisions aligned with overall goals and objectives.

Joseph P. Casey


A Financial Analyst’s Toolkit: Analyzing the Fiscal Impacts of Economic Development Projects

Economic development is often accompanied by a price tag.Fiscal impact analysis can be useful in analyzing the financial merits of economic development proposals.

Paul R. Harris and Ronald D. Berkebile

Creating an Economic Development Policy 

Being able to discern which proposals most closely align with a government’s interests becomes increasingly vital as more developers seek financial commitments from government,and fewer public funds are available.

Shayne C. Kavanagh and Timothy H. Riordan

Negotiating and Bargaining in Economic Development

Exploiting the comparative advantages of government and developers through bargaining can improve the outcomes of economic development projects.

Michael T. Peddle

Smart Growth and Economic Vitality  

Local governments are starting to consider the environmental impact of growth and development, and factoring these concerns into their planning and economic development framework.

Brenda Boyle


Beyond Silos: Cross-boundary Internet Service Portals

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In response to funding challenges and the growing technological gap between governments, a group of municipalities joined together to form an interlocal agency with a mission of providing Web-based services to their constituents.

John Backman