Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone-Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Bartman


Research on economic development incentives has focused on whether or not they are necessary or actually provide value. Most research has utilized post project evaluation to determine if the project and the use of incentives were successful. This project takes a different approach in focusing on trying to both quantify and qualify the potential value of such incentives during the decision making process. This will be done by utilizing existing research and applying post evaluation results to develop proper questions that should be asked before economic development incentives are awarded. This project will allow elected officials and community leaders to make better informed decisions and to apply a critical approach to the awarding of incentives. The SWOT analysis, sample business model canvas, and decision making tree should be easily adaptable to fit most economic development decisions as to the potential value of giving incentives. This paper is designed to act as background for a visual presentation on the same matter.



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