Economic Prosperity after the Recession

A panel of state legislators, executive branch officials and economic development practitioners came together to discuss recent fiscal and economic trends in the states and highlight case studies in differing state approaches to economic development. In addition, a new CSG publication, "Chairman's Report: State Business Incentives," was released and a panel discussed the benefits and drawbacks to using business incentives to encourage economic growth and job creation.

2013 National Conference

Economic Prosperity after the Recession
September 22, 2013

A panel of state legislators, executive branch officials and economic development practitioners came together to discuss recent fiscal and economic trends in the states and highlight case studies in differing state approaches to economic development. In addition, a new CSG publication, "Chairman's Report: State Business Incentives," was released and a panel discussed the benefits and drawbacks to using business incentives to encourage economic growth and job creation.


 

Committee Co-Chairs Senator Jay Emler, Kansas, and Representative Kyle Yamashita, Hawaii.

 


Fiscal and Economic Outlook 2014

Dr. Eric Thompson, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Download the slides in PDF Download the presentation, "The National Economic Outlook & How Your State Can do Better,” in PDF


Panel: Innovative State Economic Development Strategies

Steve KellyDeputy Secretary for Business Development, Kansas Department of Commerce 

Download the slides in PDFDownload the presentation, "The Kansas Entrepreneurship Model,” in PDF

 

Gynii GilliamChief Economic Development Officer, Idaho Department of Commerce
Download the slides in PDF Download the presentation, "Idaho – Economic Development Programs,” in PDF

 

Gary Sage, Senior Business Development Officer, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
Download the slides in PDF Download the presentation, "Missouri Works,” in PDF


Chairman’s Report: State Business Incentives

Jennifer Burnett, CSG Program Manager, Fiscal and Economic Development Policy

Download the slides in PDF Download the presentation, "Chairman's Report: State Business Incentives," in PDF.


Presenter Bios

Senator Jay Emler, Kansas
 
Senator Jay Emler has represented the 35th District in central Kansas since 2001 and served as the 2012 national chairman of The Council of State Governments. In January 2011, Senator Emler was elected Senate Majority Leader and during his time in the Senate, he has served as chairman of both Ways & Means and Utilities committees and currently is Vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Kansas Security.  He also served as a member of Governor Brownback’s transition team and has been a member of the Senate Commerce Committee for 13 years. Senator Emler is co-chair of CSG’s newly formed Fiscal and Economic Development Public Policy Committee.
 
Representative Kyle Yamashita, Hawaii 
 
Representative Yamashita has served the residents of House District 12, which includes Pukalani, Makawao, Olinda, Pulehu, Kula, and Ulupalakua, since his election in 2004. During his time in office, Hawaii faced its most serious economic crisis in recent history. As a senior member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Yamashita was able to assist in crafting a balanced State budget without raising the general excise tax, and more important for Maui residents, without taking away Maui's portion of the state hotel room tax. He continues to be committed to economic growth, especially by balancing the needs of business and labor. Representative Yamashita is co-chair of CSG’s newly formed Fiscal and Economic Development Public Policy Committee.

Dr. Eric Thompson – Associate Professor of Economics and the Director of the Bureau of Business Research,University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Eric C. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Thompson’s research examines competitive factors affecting state and local economic growth, the impact of infrastructure on the economy and the role of entrepreneurship in regional economic development. He is a past co-editor of Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy and is co-author of the 2008 book Entrepreneurship in Nebraska: Conditions, Attitudes and Actions.

Gynii Gilliam, Chief Economic Development Officer, Idaho Department of Commerce
 
Gynii Gilliam was appointed as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the Idaho Department of Commerce in November 2011. Gilliam has over 20 years' experience in the industry. She provides expansion assistance to both large and small local businesses, and has enjoyed tremendous success recruiting new companies into the region.
 
Steve R. Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Commerce
 
Kelly serves as both the deputy secretary for Business Development and the director of the Business Development Division. He has served as a finance and venture capital specialist and field office supervisor, among other responsibilities. Kelly also has lead teams in the successful expansion or attraction of a number of major economic development projects.
 
Jennifer Burnett, Program Manager, Fiscal and Economic Development Policy, The Council of State Governments

Jennifer Burnett is the Program Manager for Fiscal and Economic Policy at The Council of State Governments where she coordinates a number of research efforts, including analysis and presentation of data—particularly public access to interactive online databases —and reports on emerging state fiscal and economic policy trends. Her areas of policy expertise include performance management, unemployment, income trends, state employment, state budgets and tax policy. She also manages States Perform, a website that provides users with access to customizable and up-to-date comparative performance measurement data for 50 states in key areas policy areas.