Author Archives: Paul

Impact DashBoard 101: Topic 2 – Entering Project Data

Having covered the basics of logging in to Impact DashBoard and getting familiar with the Projects and My Account pages, we now address the topic of how users can get project data into the model. Although Impact DashBoard is an … Read More

Impact DashBoard 101: Topic 1 – Getting Started

Today, we’re starting with the basics of Impact DashBoard. Log in to Impact DashBoard You can login to Impact DashBoard at or You’ll need to enter your Username OR Email Address and your password. Each user will receive … Read More

Our Economic Development Impact Detailed Report

In a related post, I explained what type of information was included in the Summary Report in Impact DashBoard. Impact DashBoard includes a one-page Summary Report for each taxing district in your analysis but the Detailed Report, consisting of 10-15 … Read More

Our Economic Development Impact Summary Report

K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid. This a principle we’ve come to appreciate over the years. Reporting on the impact of an economic development project can get technical but in developing Impact DashBoard, our economic development impact model, we have … Read More

Tax Increment Financing in Impact DashBoard

We recently added a feature to Impact DashBoard that gives users more control over tax increment calculations for evaluating projects in a TIF district. The basics are described below but feel free to reach out for a one-on-one explanation and … Read More

Total Impact Users – Switch to Impact DashBoard Today!

“Having been a client of Impact DataSource for over 13 years, I have utilized both the desktop model and the online Impact DashBoard. While the desktop version was very useful, I have found that the Impact DashBoard provides quicker and easier results among many other advantages.” … Read More

Impact DashBoard New Features

We’re excited to announce two new features added to Impact DashBoard: Sales Tax Rebates and Adjustable Length Analysis. Below you’ll find a breakdown of how to use these features and a video walk-through. Sales Tax Rebates Users can now model … Read More

A Word of Advice for Amazon HQ2 Communities

High-profile location projects like Amazon HQ2 magnify the importance of some economic development basics. Most important piece of advice I give to local governments, which doesn’t necessarily hold in the case of Amazon, is to get absolutely clear on the … Read More

ROUNDUP: Economic Development Secrets and Best Practices Summit

  Here are some takeaways from our Texas Regional ED Best Practices Summits: DFW – Mansfield Panelists: Scott Welmaker, Director of Economic Development, City of Mansfield Allison Thompson, Director of ED & Tourism, Cedar Hill EDC Bruce Payne, Economic Development … Read More

Investigating Millennial Brain Drain with Six Region Types

Regional “brain drain” in the United States is a common point of concern for economic developers, educators, and government officials. Are highly skilled or well-educated individuals leaving one region in pursuit of opportunities in other areas of the country? Do … Read More