We're often asked what we would recommend for alternative economic development policies to the traditional ineffective and costly incentive-and-subsidy model. Our answer is that while the specifics will vary from state to state and city to city, there's an important common thread: Make your community a good place to live and do business. That's obviously … Continue reading Incentive-free economic development: In Michigan, that means auto insurance reform.
By John C. Mozena Santa Claus looked up from his desk as his elven assistant led his next appointment into his office. The planning process to expand his workshop had been a massive distraction from Santa’s normal work, so much so that he’d taken a rare meeting with an outsider who had claimed expertise in … Continue reading An Economic Development Christmas Story
The following op-ed was drafted too late for publication before Election Day this year, but we thought it might have some future value for anyone else whose municipality is considering changing from a council-manager system to a strong-mayor model, or vice versa. (Clearwater's voters rejected the referenced ballot proposal, and the city remains under its … Continue reading Mayors and Economic Development
The Oakland Press in suburban Detroit ran an op-ed from CEA President John Mozena, talking about one local company's decision to renounce brownfield development incentives it had been awarded by the state. "Whether intentional or not, a deal like this that should never have been made is a clear sign that there’s a need … Continue reading Op-ed in The Oakland Press: Demand honesty on state’s economic development subsidies
Why Politicians and Corporations Don’t Want You to Know the Truth About What They’re Doing to Your Community