Smart Incentives

Helping Economic Development Professionals Make Sound Decisions When Awarding Financial Incentives

Smart Incentives helps communities make sound decisions throughout the economic development incentives process.

We serve economic development organizations by conducting in-depth business research on companies seeking incentives and providing procedures and solutions to make managing incentives programs easier.  

Smart Incentives is also at the forefront of efforts to develop better processes for monitoring compliance and evaluating the effectiveness of incentive programs.   

** NEW: New Disclosure Rules and the Future of Incentives, by Ellen Harpel in the Summer 2016 issue of the IEDC Economic Development Journal

** NEW: Rethinking Investment Incentives, Trends and Policy Options from Columbia University Press is now available. This book features a chapter on cost-benefit analysis for incentives by Smart Incentives founder Ellen Harpel. Learn more here