Economic Development

BGR Seeks Reform of Economic Development Fund

Overview On February 3, 2009, BGR sent a letter to Councilman Arnold Fielkow, Chairman of City Council’s Special Projects and Economic Development Committee, on the use and operation of the city’s Economic Development Fund. The letter recommends that the...

Tax Increment Financing in Jefferson Parish

Overview Look Before You Leap: Tax Increment Financing in Jefferson Parish provides an overview of tax increment financing (TIF) and describes four TIF districts proposed in Jefferson Parish. It also reviews the perceived benefits of TIF, as well as the...

Drafting an Effective TIF Policy for New Orleans

Overview The City of New Orleans is working on a draft policy governing tax increment financing. BGR submitted comments on the February 2008 draft at the request of the City Council’s Special Development Projects and Economic Development Committee. The...

BGR Views Changes to Constitution, Tammany Charter

Overview The Bureau of Governmental Research analyzes four proposed amendments to the State constitution and one proposed amendment to the St. Tammany Parish home rule charter. The report covers amendments that will go before voters on October 20, 2007. Two...

BGR Release: Stop the Insanity on Subsidies

Overview In the face of mounting developer requests for subsidies, this release calls for the City of New Orleans and the Industrial Development Board of New Orleans to stop approving subsidies until they have implemented promised policies and procedures.

BGR Raises Concerns About Layering of Subsidies

Overview In Seeking Subsidies on Top of Subsidies, BGR raises concerns about requests for local property tax subsidies to housing developments that have already received subsidies through state and federal programs. The report is a follow-up to Protecting New Orleans’ Tax...

Protecting New Orleans’ Tax Base: Which PILOTs Should Fly?

Overview In Protecting New Orleans’ Tax Base: Which PILOTs Should Fly? BGR addresses New Orleans’ system for handling property tax subsidies through the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) mechanism. This report comes at a time when requests for such...

Funds and Games: Paying for the Saints

Overview The New Orleans Saints and the State of Louisiana are in the midst of negotiations that will determine whether the Saints remain in New Orleans. Sports subsidies present communities with difficult political and financial decisions. In this report,...

New Orleans’ Economic Development in Perspective

Overview To provide citizens and government with a better understanding of their investment, BGR presents in this report an overview of economic development expenditures in New Orleans. BGR also provides a detailed summary of individual funding streams to supplement...

BGR Examines Tax Increment Financing in New Orleans

Overview BGR studies the use of tax increment financing (TIF) in New Orleans. BGR reviews the use of TIF in general and in New Orleans in particular, and makes recommendations.