Ellen D. Harpel , Ph. D.
Ellen Harpel is the founder of Smart Incentives and president of Business Development Advisors LLC (BDA) , an economic development and market intelligence consulting firm…
Darrene L. Hackler, Ph. D.
Darrene Hackler is an advisor to Smart Incentives and Business Development Advisors. Located in Sacramento, CA, she focuses on incentive policy on the west coast…More About Darrene
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To make economic development incentives work better for local, state and national governments. What does “better” mean? It means making sure incentives are used so that they demonstrably support the community’s economic development goals. We keep your incentives programs on target and focused on results.Good incentive programs are NOT handouts or giveaways to entice companies to relocate. Incentives are not just about winning a deal. Smart incentives programs connect to the community’s larger economic development strategy and help that community grow in the ways they desire.
We Do It
Smart Incentives helps economic development organizations achieve better outcomes by providing processes and solutions that make incentives easier to manage. We have developed Smart Incentives because we believe that it is vital for economic development groups to have access to high-quality business intelligence, data and analytical tools in order to make the best decisions for their communities. Smart Incentives is also at the forefront of efforts to develop better processes for monitoring compliance and evaluating the effectiveness of incentive programs. [Smart Incentives does not work with companies seeking incentives]
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