How Economic Impact Analysis Can Serve Community Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is a mandate of most communities throughout the U.S. The overall goal of the planning process is to create a strategy that guides the community into the future. It is a collective effort among the community, the local government, and regional businesses to look at where they […]

Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization and Redevelopment

In previous posts, we’ve discussed some of the problems posed by vacant properties and the challenges of redeveloping distressed neighborhoods. However, municipal governments are increasingly improving their data and using a wide range of strategies and tools to better manage these problems. In this post, we examine some of […]

Greenfield Advisors Seeks to Help More City and County Governments

In recent months, Greenfield Advisors has been looking to expand our advisory services to city and county governments. We’ve been attending various conferences to learn more about the needs of local governments.

In September, Director of Economic Research Dr. Clifford Lipscomb attended the 100th Annual International City/County Management Association (ICMA) […]

How Useful Are Economic Impact Studies?

Throughout my career in government, academia, and now the private sector, I have been asked if I know how to conduct economic impact studies (or economic impact assessments). I remember accepting my first assignment having not done one since graduate school. I was unfamiliar with the inner workings of […]

Land Use Policy Prescriptions for Local Government Using Spatially Oriented Data

This paper presents a model of land prices for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority, with the goal to recommend the parcels it should purchase to meet 2030 industrial employment projections. This model is coupled with a separate multi-criteria analysis by the South Georgia Regional Development Center that uses geographic information system data, […]

Using Hedonic Modeling to Predict Neighborhood Demographic Changes

How can planners direct optimal, sustainable neighborhood development? Increasingly complex urban land use models have been developed to facilitate this task.
My dissertation research involved the best way to identify neighborhoods in hedonic pricing models1 and the types of households (based on income and demographic characteristics) most likely to move into […]

The Aftermath of Katrina: Recommendations for Real Estate Research

This paper provides an overview of government and independent research conducted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in an effort to highlight additional areas in need of study. In addition to the overview of natural disasters and their impact on the United States, the aftermath of the San Francisco […]