These articles are refined from research papers prepared during the first two and a half years of my PhD program (2016-2018). The topics are drawn from my extensive career as a practitioner in local economic and community development, and reflect my concerns over the effectiveness of programs I promoted and administered. In general terms, I’m concerned that, in retrospect, I did not sufficiently weigh the interests of local business owners and residents in delineating program policies for local officials. My dissertation topic (local taxes and wages in tourism) builds on these exploratory studies and reflections, and will chart one tributary to a larger stream of future research; defining, measuring and articulating local choices which can advance the economic security of residents/employees and local businesses owners.
General Local Economic Development Topics
The history of nationalizing local economies
The Council of Economic Advisers and the end of employment policy (2019)
Shoot anything that flies, claim anything that falls
Why do we ignore economic sustainability in the United States?
Promoting economic citizenship in local communities
Disrupting corporate influence on a local economy
Local Economic Development Metrics
Predictors of accurate reporting in local economic development programs (under peer review)
Measuring corporate influence over local economies
Tourism & Local Economic Development
Comparing living wage deficits and hotel tax profits in 34 major markets
The Just Host: Tapping hotel taxes and private equity in counter-cyclical markets to raise wages in the hospitality sector
Rural Local Economic Development
How environmental impact assessments hurt rural communities
Local Economic Development Links
Iowa Data Sources:
Statistical data for Iowa Counties and Cities is available through the Iowa Government Finance Initiative administered by Iowa State University (ISU). This basic descriptive data is consolidated from surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau readily available though websites like the American FactFinder and is accompanied with generic commentary by ISU regarding financial management.