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Town of Bethlehem
Case 2: Cooperative Economic Development

County Town of Bethlehem
Contact person Judith Kehoe, Comptroller, 518-439-4955
Case descriptions Case 2: Cooperative Economic Development
Forms of restructuring intermunicipal cooperation
Specific services affected economic development
Year started 1993
Partners the Town; AlbanyCo. Partnership
Primary goal to streamline site selection and approval process for new business
Barriers residents concerns about businesses' impacts become a significant obstacle, creating lengthy delays and substantial costs to new businesses
Benefits create receptive atmosphere for businesses, to ultimately strengthen the commercial tax base, reducing residential tax burden
Impact on budget enables town to maintain a stable tax rate
Impact on labor minimal - services provided by existing staff
Key contact Sheila Fuller, Supervisor, 518-439-4955 ext 164