Cultural change & policy-making

Many Midwest communities are experiencing a population shift. People moving into the area have different ways of understanding the world, different ways of expressing themselves, and different social and political norms from the existing population. This dissertation investigates whether this cultural shift is related to changes in local governance.

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Neighborhood revitalization program

I evaluated the distribution of funds through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Minneapolis for the improvement of single family homes.

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Making population estimates for small places with incomplete information

The Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map is a web-based tool that brings together data about childcare in Illinois and about the children living here. It is intended to help policy makers and analysts understand the need for childcare in local areas so that they can make informed decisions about it. I, in collaboration with Dr. Andrew M. Isserman, created the demographic estimates for the tool.

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Competition for capital

I assisted Dr. Ann R. Markusen in putting together a book about the competition between local governments for companies and jobs. The book is available on Amazon.

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Dr. Ann R. Markusen

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Katherine Nesse

Dr. Nesse is an assistant professor at Kansas State University in the department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning. She focuses on demography, local government and economic development. She received a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012.

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