Heading into the long weekend, here is a quick and easy read: a word cloud summarizing the past year of Smart Incentives blog posts. I am delighted to see “community” as one of the top words – after economic, development and incentives, of course. One of our main objectives is to make sure incentives are deployed thoughtfully to achieve community-wide economic goals. Sustainability, business, investments and performance also make the top ten. These are all core themes I will return to this year.¬†

It’s also a reminder that we should focus more attention on data, accountability, and transparency, as these are fundamental to effective incentive use. ¬†Look for more blog posts on these topics in the coming months!