Courses, Conferences, Seminars and Lectures
Taxation and Economic Development
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William T. (Tom) Bogart is president and a director of Maryville College in Tennessee. He has taught undergraduate courses in urban economics, public finance, real estate finance, the economics of state and local governments, principles of microeconomics, and economic perspectives, and graduate courses on the economics of nonprofit organizations, economics for management, and value creation through real estate. His research interests include state and local government tax and spending decisions, local government economic development and land use policy, and the effects of school redistricting on real estate markets. Tom has written an urban economics textbook entitled, The Economics of Cities and Suburbs (1998), and a book entitled Don't Call It Sprawl: Metropolitan Structure in the Twenty-first Century (2006).
Michael J. Wasylenko is professor of economics and interim dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He specializes in public finance, public finance in developing countries, and urban economics. Michael has been a fiscal policy advisor to the states of Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and has worked in more than a dozen foreign countries. He is author or coauthor of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, technical papers, and invited reviews. Michael was the 1994 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences William Wasserstrom Prize for Outstanding Graduate Teaching.
Matthew N. Murray is professor of economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). His research interests include state and local tax policy, education finance, tax compliance, and regional economic development. Matthew’s work in CBER includes maintenance of the state econometric forecasting model that supports the annual Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee and the quarterly Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook. He has worked closely with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues.
Robert Wassmer is chairperson and professor in the department of public policy and administration at California State University, Sacramento. He is an associate editor of Economic Development Quarterly. Rob’s research on topics relating to state and local public finance and urban economic development has appeared in leading public policy, public administration, economics, and public finance journals. He has coauthored a book, Bidding for Business: The Efficacy of Local Economic Development Incentives (2000), and is editor of a collection of previously published articles, Readings in Urban Economics: Issues and Public Policy (2000). He is author or coauthor of numerous book chapters, journal articles, news articles, reviews, and commentaries.
Jeffrey Chapman is professor emeritus in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. His research focuses on state and local public finance and state and local fiscal sustainability. Jeff has authored or edited four books and has published in such journals as Public Administration Review, The Journal of Urban Economics, State Tax Notes, Public Budgeting and Finance, National Tax Journal, The University of Southern California Law Review, and Public Finance Quarterly. He has worked with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to develop various online courses, on topics such as two-rate taxation and economic development.
Margaret Stout is assistant professor of public administration at West Virginia University. Her research explores the role of public and nonprofit practitioners in achieving democratic social and economic justice with specific interests in administrative theory, public service leadership and ethics, and sustainable community development. She serves on the board of the Public Administration Theory Network and is active in the American Society for Public Administration. She also serves on the editorial board of Administrative Theory & Praxis (2012). She is author of the book, Logics of Legitimacy: Three Traditions of Public Administration Praxis. Margaret’s research has appeared in leading public administration journals.
Mark L. Skidmore is professor of economics at Michigan State University and a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He is co-editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs. Mark’s research interests include state and local government tax policy, intergovernmental relations, the interrelationship between public sector decisions and economic activity, and the economics of natural disasters. His work has appeared in many professional journals and has been cited in prominent news outlets. He is currently conducting research on the eroding property tax base in the City of Detroit, which is in the midst of an ongoing fiscal crisis.
Michael Edwards brings more than 23 years of facilities management expertise and experience to his position as CEO of Symbiot. Before joining Symbiot, he served as global property development officer for Intel Corporation for 12 years. Previously, Michael worked as director and executive assistant to the CEO of McDonnell Douglas Corp and as a member of the new facility start-up team for PepsiCo. Edwards earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University.
Rick Naimark is deputy city manager for the City of Phoenix. He previously served as executive assistant to the city manager and the city council and has worked in a variety of other management positions in the Budget Department and Neighborhood Services as well as Intergovernmental Programs Office and Mayor’s Office. Rick is active in the community, serving on various community boards as well as on the State of Arizona Judicial Performance Review Commission. He has a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in public policy from Stanford University.
Gerald Korngold is professor of law at New York Law School. Previously he was dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His research and publications focus on privatization of public land use regulation, real estate transactions, and comparative global property rights, as he explores issues of land ownership, regulation, and disposition. Gerald is the author or coauthor of four books and numerous articles which have been published in law reviews and journals. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He has lectured and taught nationally and internationally on land and property law issues.
This course, developed by Jeffrey Chapman of Arizona State University, analyzes the theory and tools of local economic development in the United States. In addition to modules focused on the role of the property tax and economic development, the course also explores economic development theory and the current state of the law on these issues. It examines innovative public financial incentives, the role of the community in economic development, and addresses the special problems in rural areas. It includes case studies offering private and public perspectives on these issues.