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Economic Development Tools & Materials




G-I-P-O™ or GIPO™ (Garbage-In-Products-Out™)

R-I-P-O or RIPO (Recyclables-In-Products-Out™)

W-I-P-O™ or WIPO™  (Waste-In-Products-Out™)


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County & City Economic Development Planning Materials

To facilitate analyses of a county’s or city’s current and projected economic, quality of life, infrastructural, and financial circumstances, R. D. Cecil and Company has developed the following tools. They may be licensed for use as part of a consulting and training package.

  • A comprehensive, detailed, 128-page (approx.) Spreadsheet Database (with built in graphs) contains time series data regarding the economy, various industries, agriculture, the labor force, employment, income and payrolls, retail sales, sales taxes, population, vital statistics, housing, healthcare, education, property  taxes, county expenditures, transportation, tourism, and crime. Data generally  covers 10 to 30 years—time series that result in better graphs of trends and make possible more accurate projections than data for a 10-year period.

  • 145-page Analytic/Audit Checklist (outline) of (Economic) Development Factors.  The “factors” are essentially (a) questions to ask, (b) things to consider, or (c) “bases to cover” regarding various economic and related areas. The checklist includes quality of life, infrastructural, and financial factors, all of which affect economic development. Once information has been filled in on the checklist, it  provides an organized listing of a county’s and/or city’s (a) liabilities, threats, problems; (b) assets, potentials, opportunities; and (c) possible solutions, initiatives, and plans in all the following areas:

General Development Factors (7 pages).


Economic Development Factors:  general factors (5 pages); industrial/manufacturing factors (19 pages); agricultural factors (12 pages); tourism factors (10 pages); retail/services factors (12 pages)


Quality of Life Development Factors: general factors (3 pages); education & training factors (13 pages); housing factors (5 pages); healthcare factors (6 pages); social services factors (10 pages); public safety factors (7 pages); recreation/entertainment/culture (7 pages).


Infrastructural Development Factors: transportation factors (12 pages); utilities factors (3 pages); communications factors (3 pages); water/sewer/waste factors (2pages).


Finance/Funding Development Factors: economic development factors (6 pages); public finance factors (3 pages).

  • 27-page List of Possible Statements of Long-Range Goals/Objectives, Strategies, Tactics,  and Programs or Projects for all the areas mentioned above. Is used for “drag and drop” development of a Goals and Plans Document. This document is provided in two formats. First, in printed form, so that planners have something basic to work with and to modify as they see fit. Second, computerized, so that planners can develop, finalize, and later update their own goals and plans statements with a word processor (such as MS-Word).

  • Checklist of Business Attraction/Targeting Variables.  A 16-page spreadsheet matrix that helps better target businesses for attraction to an area by analyzing and determining compatibility among the following factors: (a) the location and site needs of companies in various types of industries (by SIC codes)―needs such as labor force requirements, proximity to markets, and the availability of tax breaks, water, transportation, and energy; (b) the extent to which the local area could meet those location/site needs; and (c) the different types of companies' comparative benefits to the local area―benefits such as total payrolls, property taxes, construction dollars, economic stability of products/services, and educational level of personnel.



        Recyclables Reprocessing

         G-I-P-O or GIPO  (Garbage-In-Products-Out™)

         R-I-P-O or RIPO  (Recyclables-In-Products-Out)

         W-I-P-O™ or WIPO™  (Waste-In-Products-Out)


R. D. Cecil and Company has recently formed its R-I-P-O™ Systems Division to work with an area's businesses and economic development groups to develop business models, joint ventures or partnerships, and plant designs for reprocessing and utilizing waste materials such as tires, newspapers, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. In a R-I-P-O plant, such materials would not  just be compacted and shipped to outside manufacturing plants, but would be channeled through vertically integrated processing and production lines that turn out actual value-added products on site. (Certain processes might produce energy for such a plant.)  In other words, waste materials (of various possible sorts) go in one end of the plant and various value-added products come out the other end―or "reccyclables in and products out."


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