Friday, September 15, 2006

DMI on making development subsidies effective

If development and urban planning interest you, the Drum Major Institute is hosting a panel discussion on making sure economic development subsidies are effective next Monday morning. It's a hot issue that plays out in a number of development issues in New York City and around the state. Here's more from DMI -
"It's time to ask and answer some important questions: How can our economic development policy also reduce poverty? How do we choose which businesses need to be supported with subsidies? How do we ensure that corporations fulfill their promises? How do we do all of this while spending New Yorkers' tax dollars fairly and wisely? And, ultimately, what kind of New York do we want for New Yorkers?"
The featured guest is Minnesota State Senator John Hottinger, who sponsored a groundbreaking Minnesota law instituting new standards of transparency and accountability for state and local economic development subsidies. Panelists include:
  • Errol Louis, a New York Daily News columnist who writes about subsidy accountability.
  • State Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky (AD 92), Chairman of the Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions, which oversees the state's public and private corporations.
  • Adrianne Shropshire, a DMI Fellow and Executive Director of Jobs with Justice.
The panel is next Monday, September 18th, from 8am until 10am (a light breakfast will be served) at The Harvard Club (27 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues). RSVP by emailing or by calling 212-909-9663.

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