Evaluation of Maine Business Tax Expenditure Programs

EBP (formerly EDR Group) is currently providing technical support to the Maine Legislature’s "Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA)" to evaluate the state's various economic development incentive programs. 

The initial phase involves evaluations of the following three programs:

  • Employment Tax Increment Financing (ETIF),
  • Pine Tree Development Zones, and
  • Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program.

The evaluation work includes surveying of participants, economic impact modeling to estimate broader economic consequences of business growth impacts, and quasi-experimental statistical analysis to sort out net program impacts from gross observed pre/post changes.  EBP's work will help the Maine Legislature promote economic growth by improving program design, monitoring, and effectiveness.