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 providing in-depth business research on companies seeking incentives and conducting thorough business case and ROI analysis for incentive projects.  

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

** 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