Rewriting Development Rules for Prosperity, Sustainability & Equity

by admin on November 20, 2020

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 10 am to 4 PM EST
Cost: $150  Receive a GWU Certificate


Re-Writing Development Rules Syllabus Jan 2021 Class

Public infrastructure intended to facilitate development can motivate sprawl and decline. That is the result when even well-designed and well-executed infrastructure inflates the price of well-served prime sites. High land prices chase development away to cheaper, but more remote sites (sprawl). Likewise, policies and programs intended to assist distressed communities can lead to higher land prices (rents) and the displacement of the intended beneficiaries.
This class addresses the market forces responsible for sprawl, poor housing options and economic decline. Participants will learn innovative and effective policy solutions that can promote economic recovery without additional public spending or loss of revenue. Attendees will learn that HOW we collect public revenue is just as important as HOW MUCH revenue we collect.
An attorney and real estate & urban development professional, Rick was the former Deputy Administrator for Transportation Policy & Planning in the District of Columbia. Currently, he directs Just Economics, LLC, which helps communities harmonize economic incentives with public policy objectives for job creation, affordable housing, transportation efficiency and sustainable development.
Who will benefit?
  • Government officials will learn proven techniques for simultaneously increasing employment, enhancing housing affordability and integrating land use with infrastructure investments to reduce sprawl and greenhouse gas emissions. Most importantly, these objectives can be attained without increased spending or revenue losses.
  • Business leaders will identify public policies that needlessly thwart the economic vitality of their community along with proven solutions implemented successfully in the USA and around the world.
  • Sustainability professionals are often confronted by trade-offs. Policies that help meet one policy objective might create setbacks for others. (E.g., urban growth boundaries can inflate housing prices and rents.) Instead of pitting one objective against another, this course will illuminate opportunities to harmonize economic incentives with multiple public policy objectives simultaneously.
  • Eduucators will recognize often-overlooked public funding and finance principles reinforcing the concept that HOW we collect public revenue is just as important as HOW MUCH revenue we collect. New research opportunities will be discussed.

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