Criteria for the location of Federal regional facilities : [prepared for Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce]

by Anthony H. Pascal, Nancy E. Hausner

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Guidelines for use in selecting locations for federal regional facilities The study deals particularly with the increases in system cost attributable to establishing a regional facility in a designated economic redevelopment area rather than at the most efficient location in terms of office administration. As a case study, the criteria developed are applied to the location patterns of the Small Business Administration. Fairly well structured quantitative relationships should be developed in the following areas: costs of facility operations as a function of travel and access requirements, local office space costs, and local labor costs; measures of the consequences of increments to the local economic base as a function of local economic structure; and the evaluation of impact benefits as a function of the policy-maker's objectives. In the example chosen for detailed analysis, the Pacific Coastal Area, the Small Business Administration has made a reasonable choice of field headquarters location on cost-effective grounds; regional facilities such as these, however, could make a significant contribution to economic advance in depressed areas without substantially affecting agency costs.

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