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Is Bigger Better? Benefits and Pitfalls of Regionalizing Public Services

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

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 Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, Journal 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.

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