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The IDB Project is funded by a grant from the State of Ohio’s Local Government Innovation Fund Grant (LGIF) Program, which was given to Sourcing Office, a statewide council of governments based in Cleveland, Ohio, to pilot test the IDB approach in Butler County, Ohio. The Butler County Port Authority and Butler County Government played a significant role in organizing local support for the project.
The overall purpose of the project is to study the feasibility of the integrated development budget as a future tool to strengthen financing of economic and community development projects. The IDB approach is designed to provide a fuller accounting of all public investments in economic and community development in terms of organizational operating budgets, economic development incentives, and development-related infrastructure and services, and develop new integrated strategies that increase the return on investment (ROI) for Butler County and its communities.