May 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kansas City Library, Plaza Branch
4801 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64112

Thank you to all who attended! Photos and audio from this event available. 

Incentives of various types are widely used to encourage and promote “economic development.”  For years, Kansas and Missouri have engaged in a “border war” to attract business.  American Public Square examined the uses and abuses, pluses and minuses of economic development tools.  When is it appropriate to use public dollars to benefit private business?  Who does and should benefit from economic development incentives?  What is effective and what isn’t in creating economic growth in the community?  Are we getting the best return on our dollars?




Bill Hall
Hall Family Foundation


Dr. Kenneth Thomas
Professor of Political Science
University of Missouri – St. Louis


Michael Farren
Research Fellow in the Project for the Study of American Capitalism
Mercatus Center at George Mason University


Moderated by 
Dr. Scott Helm
Director, Executive M.P.A.
Henry W. Bloch School of Management

With roving reporting by 
Stephen Steigman
Chief of Broadcast Operations, 
Senior Producer of Up to Date
KCUR 89.3