Research Reports

Borough Incorporation and Local Government Trends Analysis (Dec. 2015)

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This study reviews the borough incorporation process in Pennsylvania and considers the feasibility of borough incorporation moving forward at a time when housing development paradigms and market indicators appear to be shifting to favor more urban, higher density development typical to boroughs.  This report also assembles some of the latest research on social, demographic and community planning trends and opportunities associated with these trends for local governments in Pennsylvania.

 

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Research Guide to the Marcellus and Utica Shales

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The Chrostwaite Institute and PSAB teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to create a research catalogue aggregating studies on the impacts of marcellus and utica shale drilling.  This catalogue includes academic and professional studies on an array of topics related to hydrolic fracturing and shale gas extraction, including: social impacts; economic impacts; roads & transportation; housing; laws, regulations and politics; health and the environment; technical design aspects; news reports; and maps.

 

 

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Capital Budget Requirements Survey: A Dynamic Survey of Pennsylvania’s Boroughs

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This report reviews a survey, distributed in 2008 to all Pennsylvania Boroughs, requesting information on estimated capital project costs recommended in each borough. Capital costs/projects were broken into six categories: public work infrastructure, environmental projects, recreational facilities, municipal facilities, public safety capital expenditures and renewable energy infrastructure.  Survey results indicate that PA boroughs require over $5 billion in unmet capital expenditures.