Development of a Systematic Approach to Project Selection for Rural Economic Development
Projects can be an effective methodology for community economic development. An easy-to-use and easy-to-implement systematic nine-step approach to project portfolio selection is presented. A version of the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and a scoring methodology are used in the project selection process and then the Benefit-to-Cost Ratio Method is applied to determine the acceptability of the public projects. The approach takes into account the unique needs, possible limited subject expertise, and possible technological constraints of small municipalities. The approach was successfully beta-tested by a group of community members involved in developing a project portfolio of taxpayer-owned projects ranging in budget from three hundred to over one-million U.S. dollars and the results of this test are presented.
S. L. Murray et al., "Development of a Systematic Approach to Project Selection for Rural Economic Development," Journal of Rural and Community Development, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 1-18, Brandon University. Rural Development Institute, Jan 2010.
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Business and Information Technology
Keywords and Phrases
Analytical Hierarchy Process; Missouri; Systematic Approach; Economic Development
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Article - Journal
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