Economic Development and Urban Policy

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 »

Georgia Budget Outlook: Long Road Ahead, but There’s Room for Optimism

(This article was first published by Georgia Fiscal Management Council for its January newsletter.)

Georgia’s state budget has been through a long, tough period during and after the Great Recession. The good news is that this year it’s looking like the state is finally going to have some breathing room. That being… more »

Georgia’s Constitution Restricts Non-Tax Economic Development Incentives, But Does it Matter?

Supporting business retention and recruitment is the primary goal for state and local economic development policy in the United States. Although there are many policies available for this purpose, economic development incentives are an often used and controversial tool. The typical economic development incentive package is comprised of both tax and non-tax incentives. The non-tax… more »

Population, Employment, and Income Trends for Georgia and Atlanta

Over the past 50 years, Georgia has enjoyed remarkable growth of population, employment, and income, but since the mid-1990s the state has seen a decrease in the growth rates of employment and income relative to the U.S.  Interestingly, Georgia’s rates began to fall relative to the U.S. well before the Great Recession of 2007-2009.  In… more »

Georgia’s High-Technology Industry and Innovation Capacity

The high technology sector is one that is actively pursued by many state and local governments, including Georgia, and an on-going concern of policy-makers is Georgia’s relative competitiveness in this area.

In a September report (FRC Report No. 262) from Georgia State University’s Fiscal Research Center, Assistant Professor Cathy Yang Liu… more »