The Borough of Myerstown in Pennsylvania has created a model revitalization organization that consolidates all revitalization functions and activities into one non-profit public private partnership. It is a model other towns might consider when designing a revitalization strategy and organization. To view the article click: Myerstown Vitatalization Partnership Model
This report chronicles the pandemic related actions of the Pennsylvania Governor and Lebanon County elected officials during the period of April 2020 to September 2020 and objectively analyses the subsequent impact on the county’s economic recovery from business closure through December 2020. ClickAnalysis of Economic Impact of Pennsylvania Governor’s Withholding of Pandemic CARES Act Funding to Lebanon County
This report provides a guide on how to establish and achieve measurable revitalization goals, based on the author’s experiences, for communities suffering from population and economic decline. To read the report click: Guide to Establishing and Achieving Revitalization
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This report is an analysis of recent governor activation of state militias in five states during emergencies and disasters, and provides examples of how contemporary state militias are being deployed. Click:Recent State Guard Emergency and Disaster Deployments
Since its enactment in 1977 Pennsylvania’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act [LERTA] has become the most widely used local economic development incentive in the Commonwealth. This report lists some examples of how LERTA was used during the programs fortieth anniversary year in 2017.
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Regulatory Reform Report Published by Applied Government Studies Center Soars to Top Search Engine Result
A report that chronicles a three year delay in an industrial development project caused by regulatory agency reliance on consultants, and recommends the prohibition on hiring regulatory consultants, became popular reading after a Presidential executive order curtailing regulatory consultant contracts. It has been consistently a top search engine result since the administration’s announcement.
The report “How to Defeat and Reform the Regulatory Bureaucracy and Create Shovel Ready Projects” was published by the Center in 2014. Additional recommendations on reforming and defeating regulatory bureaucracy are also included in the report.
The full report can be found at the Center’s web site http://www.agscenter.org
Utilizing NACIS codes to determine business clustering opportunities is a simple and effective analytical tool used by the author in numerous business district revitalization studies. Click:NACIS Clustering
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Click for recommendations, based on author’s real estate development experience, on how to defeat and reform regulatory bureaucracy to stimulate economic development and make US businesses more globally competitive. Click here.how-to-defeat-and-reform-the-regulatory-bureaucracy-and-create-shovel-ready-projects-copy
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US Small Business Development Center Program: Critical Critique. Click for a report on why this government program should be eliminated or reformed.