Department of Economics
College of Agriculture
Iowa State University
Address 177 Heady Hall, Ames, IA 50011
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My work is in community economic analysis, technical assistance, outreach and projects supporting the department’s and the Ag College’s efforts in community development and in providing economics education services to the public. Areas of research and specialization include community and regional economic studies and evaluations, economic development research and technical assistance, input-output (economic impact) studies, fiscal impact research, public finance and tax policy, community change and worker mobility issues, and public program and project evaluation.
My services are delivered to communities, citizens, public and private organizations and to local or state government via research reports, on-site training and education programming, community and staff educational curriculum development, print and broadcast media interviews, and through seminars and public speaking appearances. I work in collaboration with and directly in support of all ISU and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences economic outreach activities, to include ISU extension services and other university centers.
Prospects and limits to local foods development in the Midwest and in Iowa
Economic impact evaluation guidelines for public universities
Tax Increment Financing reform
Green jobs and implications for rural areas
Targeted industrial analysis and assessment for Iowa regions (EDA Funded)
General research and technical assistance to the Center for Industrial Research and Services
Leopold Center funded research on
o Local ownership of ethanol plants
o The economic and fiscal impacts of organic crop conversion
o The economic impacts of fresh fruits and vegetable production in Iowa State University
Ongoing outreach, research, and services in support of the College of Agriculture’s and the economic department’s efforts in rural development and economics education
I am an adjunct lecturer and a member of the graduate faculty in the community and regional planning program at ISU and, separately, I am a lecturer in the graduate program in urban and regional planning at The University of Iowa.