Analyzing job promises


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Tyler Dukes // @mtdukes
WRAL News




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How many
of these jobs
were
actually
created
?

$80 billion annually

on corporate subsidies



SOURCE: NYT

What can we evaluate?




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Press releases are full of data




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x 250


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This was kind of stupid.




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What data exists?

How reliable is it?




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SOURCE: Good Jobs First




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NC discloses a lot

But it's not complete.




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Find the law.

Likely includes requirements
about what to disclose
and who sees the disclosure.


Then you can target record requests.




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Data didn't track "promises"

(So my stupidity paid off)




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Still had a problem


Many of these projects
weren't complete




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Three measures

  • Grant period elapsed
  • Jobs created
  • Money awarded



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Other documents

  • Audit reports
  • WARN notices
  • Auction notices
  • Bankruptcy filings
  • State archive records



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What we published




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Key questions to answer
for your state

  1. What incentive programs exist?
  2. How are they tracked?
  3. How reliable is the data?
  4. What are the rules?
  5. What happens when companies break them?
  6. How do rural areas fare?
  7. Are these programs a good deal?



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Questions?

Contact me

@mtdukes

tdukes@wral.com

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