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Investing in a Better Future: A Review of the Fiscal and Competitive Advantages of Smarter Growth Development Patterns

Robert Puentes' presentation argues that more compact development patterns and investments that strengthen urban centers, should save taxpayers' money and improve the economic performance of metropolitan regions.

Mr. Puentes and colleague Mark Muro recently published "Investing in a Better Future: A Review of the Fiscal and Competitive Advantages of Smarter Growth Development Patterns" which finds that fiscal savings combine with increased economic performance to improve the fortunes of regions pursuing smart growth. In times of tight budgets, smart growth make ever more sense for regions seeking competitive advantage.