nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2008‒12‒14
three papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Parnu College - Tartu University

  1. Return on Investments for Community Infrastructure Projects? A Foundation for Rural Development Strategy. By Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Burns, Michael
  2. Offshore Outsourcing to Russian IT Providers: Opportunities, Risks and Best Practice Procedures By Dr. Stephan Weinert; Dr. Mathias Weber; Dr. David Vasak
  3. Socioeconomic Impacts of the Langdon Wind Energy Center By Leistritz, F. Larry; Coon, Randal C.

  1. By: Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Burns, Michael
    Abstract: With decreasing populations and declining resources, rural governments are finding it challenging determining how to make investments in their infrastructure. This paper defines the problem confronting rural governments and develops a process for making infrastructure decisions to maximize community welfare.
    Keywords: Infrastructure, Public Goods, Rural Development, Social Welfare Economics, Community/Rural/Urban Development, Public Economics,
    Date: 2008
  2. By: Dr. Stephan Weinert (MERCER Deutschland GmbH Frankfurt/M.); Dr. Mathias Weber (Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V. (BITKOM)); Dr. David Vasak (PA Consulting Group Frankfurt/M.)
    Abstract: Outsourcing IT to specialized providers 'off-shore' has become an important option for many western companies for maintaining or improving their competitiveness. The vast majority of those specialized IT providers are located in Asia, especially in India. Relatively little is known though about the Russian IT provider market. To provide IT decision makers with deeper insights, this article provides the necessary theoretical foundations as well as practical information about the Russian IT provider market based on extensive market research and project experiences.
    Date: 2008–12
  3. By: Leistritz, F. Larry; Coon, Randal C.
    Abstract: The Langdon Wind Energy Center is the largest wind energy facility to be developed in North Dakota to date and consists of 106 turbines with a generating capacity of 1.5 MW each, mounted on towers 262 feet tall. The project is owned by FPL Energy and Ottertail Power Company; FPL Energy was the project developer. Construction of the facility began in July, 2007 and was completed in January, 2008. The peak construction work force was 269 workers. A force of 10 permanent employees will operate and maintain the energy center. Construction of the Langdon Wind Energy Center is estimated to have resulted in payments of more than $56 million to entities within North Dakota. During operation, the facility will make payments of about $1.4 million annually to North Dakota entities, including $413,000 in payments to landowners with easement agreements. The $56 million in statewide direct expenditures during the construction period were estimated to result in an additional $169 million in secondary impacts for a total, one-time construction impact of $225 million. The $1.4 million in annual direct impacts associated with project operation lead to an additional $3 million in secondary impacts for a total annual impact of $4.4 million. During operation, the county is expected to receive $191,000 annually in direct property tax payments and $194,000 in total increased property tax revenues while having negligible increases in costs. The same pattern is repeated for the Langdon school district, where an estimated $265,000 in property tax revenues will be received annually from the project during the operations period. This case study shows that commercial scale wind farms can benefit nearby communities by creating stable, well-paid jobs, through lease payments to land owners, and by adding to the local tax base.
    Keywords: wind energy, renewable energy, economic impact, fiscal impact,
    Date: 2008–05

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