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Policy Pub: "Is Bigger Better? Benefits and Pitfalls of Regionalizing Public Services"

Policy Pub is a recurring series of brief, plain-language talks by faculty of the college on public policy issues that affect everyone. Policy Pub takes place in a relaxed social atmosphere. They are free and open to the general public. No experience or prior knowledge is required. After the brief talk, audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

Consolidating public services seems like a no brainer: reduce duplication of services and labor, cut costs, increase efficiency, and get better public services. But does it work in practice?

Sam Staley, Director of the DeVoe Moore Center, will look at local government services and explore when consolidation makes sense, when it doesn't, and what path local communities can take to improve services and avoid busting local budgets.

Dr. Staley teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.

He is the author of several books, both within his academic field and in the areas of cultural criticism and fiction.

His more than 100 professional articles, studies, and reports have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesInvestor's Business DailyJournal of the American Planning Association, Planning magazine, Reason magazine, National Review, and many others. 

Staley's approach to urban development, transportation, and public policy blends more than 20 years of experience as an economic development consultant, academic researcher, urban policy analyst, and community leader.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Backwoods Bistro 401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee

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