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What You Need to Know About Georgia’s Community Improvement Districts

If you live in metro Atlanta, chances are you have encountered services of community improvement districts, or CIDs. But what exactly is a CID?

It can be difficult to distinguish Georgia CIDs’ services and county or city services. For example, did you know that the ambassadors seen throughout downtown Atlanta are managed by the Atlanta… more »

Rarely Used Economic Development Tool Offers Benefits to Cities

Georgia has two types of business improvement district models: Georgia community improvement districts (CIDs) and Georgia city business improvement districts, or “Georgia BIDs.”

Like CIDs, Georgia BIDs are a group of property owners within a set boundary who decide to levy additional taxes or fees on themselves to provide supplemental services. However, Georgia BIDs are… more »

AJC: Three Georgias Emerge Post Recession

Posted On November 22, 2016
Categories In the News Tags

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article highlighting the Center for State and Local Finance’s work on studying the effects of the Great Recession on Georgia jobs.

In the article, “Three Georgias emerge from Great Recession,” Peter Bluestone , a senior researcher and co-author of the report, discussed how positive changes in the larger Georgia… more »

CSLF, Volcker Alliance Team Up for Analysis of 50 State Budgets

The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) at Georgia State University is one of several institutions partnering with New York-based Volcker Alliance to conduct a multiyear study to help improve budgeting and fiscal sustainability in all 50 states.

According to a press release:

The Truth and Integrity in Government Finance Project, as the study… more »

Grading the Candidates’ Tax Plans: What Will Clinton and Trump Do for You?

Posted On October 13, 2016
Categories Presentations

On Oct. 13, 2016, CSLF and FRC hosted a special presentation analyzing what Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s tax plans will mean for you and the U.S. economy. The experts discussed the major features of each presidential candidate’s plan, including changes to personal income tax and corporate tax, implications for federal tax revenue, changes to tax burdens across income groups and more.

Bluestone’s Research on Georgia Jobs Draws Interest

Peter Bluestone’s September 2016 report, “Jobs in Georgia’s Urban and Rural Regions and Counties,” received the attention of several Georgia news outlets.

In the report, Bluestone details Georgia employment dynamics, including job type, quality and location. He pays particular attention to the differences between the urban and rural areas of the state.

News coverage… more »

What Does Leadership in Public Finance Mean to You?

R. Demetrius Taylor, budget director for the Georgia Department of Human Services, was recently awarded CSLF’s Certificate in Public Financial Management. Over the past year, he completed the center’s executive education program, which included six core classes in public finance.

Taylor was recognized last week during CSLF’s debt management training for his completion of the… more »