When the Pennsylvania Economic Development Authority issued $107 million of debt in January to bail out defaulted bonds in connection with the 10-story Forum Place office building in Harrisburg, critics called it another incinerator-type fiasco in Pennsylvania’s capital city.

But those same critics said the Forum Place transaction, in which the state bought the building from the Dauphin County General Authority, could serve as a model for outside-the-box thinking as Harrisburg, now under receivership, looks to wriggle free of $310 million of bond debt related to an incinerator retrofit project.

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