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An enterprising approach to health
As an architect of the urban "enterprise zone" idea more than 30 years ago, my eye was caught by a recent proposal in Maryland to set up health enterprise zones (HEZ). The original enterprise zone idea was designed to spur economic activity in depressed neighborhoods through reduced local taxes and regulation, together with federal and state tax incentives to encourage investment. The aim was to grow innovation and reduce obstacles to both local and outside entrepreneurs. Several states have created these zones, and a federal version was enacted under President Bill Clinton.
By Stuart Butler
February 29, 2012