Learning From Springfield: Lessons in Effective Fiscal Management

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Lessons in Effective Fiscal Management Author(s): Steve Poftak — Publication date: 2008-04-01 Category: Economic Opportunity Abstract: The Middle Cities Initiative seeks to develop concrete policies to help the Middle Cities grow. One foundational element for economic growth is effective fiscal management by the public sector. The Middle Cities Initiative includes a benchmarking program that would establish incentives for good municipal management, and also equip municipal leaders with the tools they need to succeed. This Policy Brief considers Springfield as a case study in effective fiscal management and reform, and as an example for other communities. It integrates specific policy proposals derived from Springfield’s experience with Pioneer’s work on benchmarking

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