Capstone – Project
Municipal Project Transparency Platform: Furthering Citizen Engagement
A Collaboration Between
Project goal/objective: A municipality (or its related economic development entity) commonly uses a number of tax incentives in order to encourage a project, building, etc. to be developed within its municipal boundaries. The economic development incentives proposed to a developer/company can widely vary from project to project including ten-year property tax abatements; creation of tax increment revenue (TIF) districts to repay debt service; and/or other tax-related incentives tied to the intended project outcomes. While a small number of individuals are involved (or aware of) these conversations, many local tax-paying citizens are left out of this process entirely. By searching for a solution that would enable more proactive and healthy conversations amongst elected officials, project stakeholders, and tax-paying citizens, we would hope to increase overall citizen engagement by allowing access to a software platform comprised of various “project ROI/taxpayer return” metrics.
The goal of this software platform would allow for additional transparency specifically aimed at a municipality’s respective citizens, stakeholders, and investors during various stages within any given economic development project. Ideally, the software platform would allow for any developer to create and share their own “government transparency” tool/model/add-in with other members of this transparency platform community.
~Weeks 1-2: Provide general resources, economic development project examples, and example case studies to students. Allow time for students to analyze these processes and set up time(s) for any Q&A they may have before moving forward.
~Weeks 3-8: Group will examine at what stage of a typical economic development construction process (pre-, during, or post-construction) would be best to focus their time on for the remainder of the semester. The host company (Bondry) will gladly make regular time for feedback in order to ensure the team is moving in right direction.
~Weeks 8-End of Capstone: Group will now be choosing what existing tech app/platform would be best to host this solution (i.e. Tableau, OpenGov, Excel, etc.) while also developing various predictive, statistical, and analytical models they feel would create the most immediate benefit (and transparency) for the average tax-paying citizen.
Experiential Learning Program Details
|School||University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business|
|Engagement Format||Capstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in small groups of 2-6 directly with faculty and host company project champions on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.|
|Students Enrolled||5 Students per Group (61 Enrolled in Program)|
|Meeting Day & Time||Monday OR Wednesday (3:00 - 4:50 PM ET)|
|Student Time Commitment||4-7 Hours Per Week|
|Company Time Commitment||2 Hours|
|Touchpoints & Assignments||Due Date||Submission|
Key Project Milestones
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