Smart Incentives

Helping Economic Development Professionals Make Sound Incentives Decisions 

Our mission is to make economic development incentives work better for states and communities. We help locations offer effective and responsible incentive programs by:

- Assessing incentive offerings and program design

- Applying the Smart Incentives 4x4 Framework for program management

- Offering access to high-quality business intelligence, data and analytical tools to guide decisions

- Evaluating and reporting on program results 


      ** 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