New York Times Reporter Louise Story examined the use of economic development incentives in a three-part series in December 2012. The investigation gave national attention to $80 billion in spending that most people aren't aware of. The article generated discussion throughout the economic development profession and among elected officials about the use of public dollars to subsidize private businesses. This talk was given by Louise Story at the IEDC Leadership Conference in Orlando on January 29, 2013.

A short talk at the same conference, "How to Get Rid of Economic Development Incentives in America," is available at

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