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Review of the Economic Development Transportation Fund Program , Report No. 95-13, December 1995
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  • The Program has awarded $104 million in grants since 1982 to help local governments resolve transportation problems that hinder economic development. Local government contributed $24.2 million to the projects, while companies receiving benefits contributed $10.2 million. Program grants have been awarded to 152 projects for 145 companies, located in 48 of the state's 67 counties.
  • Program grants have most commonly been used to build or expand an access road to a company's planned site.
  • Most projects have benefited manufacturing firms. About a third of the firms we could assess were small businesses with less than 100 employees. Most of the assisted firms appear to still be in business.
  • Most companies appear to have met their commitments to make specified investments at project sites. However, the companies frequently have not employed the number of employees they projected.
  • We concluded that the Legislature should continue the current Program.

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