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Economic Development Summit Tackles Local Governments’ Ability to Innovate

September 15, 2016

The University of Idaho will host Breaking Barriers: Idaho Local Government Economic Development Summit on Oct. 11 at the Boise Centre.

The goal of the economic development summit is to provide a forum for government officials, business leaders and researchers to discuss the role of local government in economic development.

Presented by Brian Ellison, professor of political science in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and executive director of the Center for Local Government Research and Outreach, as well as a team of UI researchers, the summit will feature a lunchtime keynote presentation by Boise Mayor David Bieter.

“Researchers from the University of Idaho will present information collected through survey and public opinion research that may help local government officials understand and identify administrative, economic, political and social barriers to effective economic development,” Ellison said.

Additional topics during the summit will include a review of the administrative and political barriers that inhibit economic development; the role that effective democratic practice plays in economic development programming; an economic development game that illuminates the problems that local governments face in economic development; and how ideas work in economic development programming.

Other presenters at the summit include CLASS faculty members Juliet Carlisle and Florian Justwan, UI assistant professors of political science, and Bert Baumgaertner, UI assistant professor of philosophy; and Eric Stuen, UI associate professor of economics in the College of Business & Economics.

Cost for the summit is $95, including light refreshments, lunch and evening reception. To register, go to

Media Contact: 
Maria Ortega
Marketing and Communications Manager, UI Boise

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