Dude, Where’s My Job? A Critical Look at Economic Development Results

May 2, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Liberty Street

653 Massachussetts Ave, Indianapolis , IN

Indianapolis and hundreds of other cities offered Amazon billions of dollars in subsidies and incentives before the company selected New York and Virginia for its highly-publicized new facilities.

This “HQ2” process was the latest escalation in an economic development industry that’s tripled in size since just 1990, transferring more than $70 billion per year from city and state budgets to selected private businesses in the name of economic growth and job creation.

Does this work?

Does it make sense?

And as research-based evidence continues to mount against these deals, why do politicians keep making them?

Join AFF-Indianapolis as John C. Mozena, president of the Center for Economic Accountability, and other panelists explain what’s going on behind this growing intersection of big business and big government, what it means for our communities, and shares some ideas for beginning to bring it under control.

Join us at 6 p.m. to meet and network with other young professionals from across Indiana. Our panel will begin at 6:30 p.m., with more networking to follow. As always, we’ll have free food and your first drink is on us.