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Thursday, January 9 • 9:45am - 10:55am
Economic Development: On the Backs of the Taxpayer or by their Bootstraps?

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Local governments are committing an ever greater share of their resources towards economic development, but do these policies make economic sense? Join us as our panel of experts evaluate the pros and cons of local economic development in Texas.

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James Quintero

Director of the Center for Local Governance, Texas Public Policy Foundation
James Quintero is the Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America’s premier conservative state-based think tanks. He has been with the Foundation since March 2008. During his time with the Foundation, his work has centered on: the budget, spending, debt, taxes, transparency, and pensions. Before coming to the Foundation, Quintero was a Graduate Research Assistant at Texas State... Read More →

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Dr. Ben Powell

Director, Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University
Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and a Visiting  | Professor in the Rawls College of Business. He is the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian  | Economics, past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and a senior fellow  | with the Independent Institute. He earned his B.S. in economics and finance from the University of  | Massachusetts at... Read More →
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Bennett Sandlin

Executive Director, Texas Municipal League
Since October 2010, Bennett Sandlin has served as Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League.  | | Prior to Executive Director, Sandlin was General Counsel for TML where he helped cities through issues  | primarily in the fields of tax, economic development, budget, and general finance -- including the  | municipal hotel occupancy tax and the economic development sales tax. Sandlin authored the Revenue  | Manual for... Read More →
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Carlton Schwab

President and CEO, Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC)
Carlton Schwab has been President/CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) since  | February 1st, 1999. During that time, the 850-member TEDC has developed into a recognized leader in  | the professional development of its members and a powerful voice for economic development policy in  | the state of Texas. | | Prior to his tenure at the TEDC, Mr. Schwab was Director of Development at the LBJ School of ... Read More →
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The Honorable Art Martinez de Vara

Mayor, Von Ormy, Texas
Art Martinez de Vara is the mayor of Von Ormy, Texas, business attorney, historian and publisher. He has a Doctor of Law and Master’s degree in Theology from St. Mary’s University. Born in Houston, Texas, Martinez de Vara attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he founded the internet service provider AustinNet. In 2003, Martinez de Vara returned to South Texas to attend law school and led the effort to organize the City... Read More →

Thursday January 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Capitol Ballroom A

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