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Friday, January 10 • 9:45am - 10:55am
Economic Development, Texas Style

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Texas spends less per capita on economic development than most other states, yet leads the nation in jobs created. What works best in attracting jobs, the traditional economic development programs, such as tax breaks and subsidies, or the Texas Model approach of less regulation and lower taxes? This panel will examine this question and where the balance between these two approaches should be. 

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Bill Peacock

Bill Peacock is the vice president of research & planning and the director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has been with the Foundation since February 2005. Bill directs the research of the Foundation to ensure its accuracy, integrity, and application of free market principles to the issues facing Texas and the nation. His own research focuses on economic freedom and growth, property rights, civil... Read More →

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Brandon Aghamalian

Brandon Aghamalian is an expert on local government, transportation, economic development, property tax, and cultural arts issues. As President of Focused Advocacy his emphasis is representing local governments before the Texas Legislature. Prior to becoming a Partner at Focused Advocacy, Aghamalian founded and managed a local government advocacy practice group, representing dozens of municipalities before the state. Additionally, he worked on... Read More →
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Senator Brian Birdwell

The Texas State Senate
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell is a native Texan, decorated military veteran and lifelong conservative Republican currently representing Texas Senate District 22. Brian is a native of Fort Worth and a resident of Granbury. He is a graduate of Lamar University, Command and General Staff College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree. As the Distinguished Military Graduate of the Lamar... Read More →
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Matt Mitchell

Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Matthew Mitchell is a senior research fellow and the lead scholar on the Project for the Study  | of American Capitalism at the Mercatus Center. He is also an adjunct professor of economics at  | George Mason University. He specializes in economic freedom and economic growth, public-choice economics, and the economics of government favoritism toward particular businesses. | | Mitchell has testified before the US Congress, and his... Read More →
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Representative Jim Murphy

Texas House of Representatives
Jim Murphy serves in the Texas House, representing District 133 in West Houston. Jim is in his  | third term. | | Representative Murphy serves on the Committees Small Business and Economic Development and  | Higher Education and is the Chairman of the subcommittee on Manufacturing. | | Jim’s legislative work has been recognized by the National Coalition for Capital, Texas Right to Life,  | and the Texas Association of... Read More →

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

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