Developments of Regional Impact: A Program Analysis
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It is the purpose of this paper to examine in greater detail the success or failure of Metro Atlanta’s Developments of Regional Impact program, and to identify potential improvements to the program to encourage efficiency and further implementation. Research will examine DRI programs in other areas for a comparative review of benefits and drawbacks of each. Case studies will be used to illustrate the identified benefits within Georgia’s program, and an implementation review will examine the historical catalog of DRI projects according to their level of completeness to form a picture of places for improvement within the DRI process. This research should build on a body of existing literature regarding the theoretical framework for the existence of DRIs including the governmental necessity for DIRs, a review of policy implementation theory, a review of characteristics of a DRI policy, and an overview of the DRI program of Georgia. With a full understanding of theoretical framework and contextual barriers to DRI implementation, the research will provide suggestions to increase the likelihood of full and effective implementation of developments of regional impact.