Real Estate Perspective

March 6, 2024

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Land Value Tax: A Better Tax and Way to Solve the Housing Affordability Crisis?

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 noon MST, on-line and in person at:

Room 400, Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB), MSU Denver

890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, Colorado

Milton Friedman called it “the least bad tax”, Paul Krugman called it “the right approach to finance growth”, and the Chief Economist of Redfin called it “the tax policy that can fix housing”. So what is a land value tax, and why is it so rarely implemented despite broad support from economists across the political spectrum? What economic incentives do standard property taxes create and how can we reshape those incentives to create a property tax system that is both more efficient and more equitable, while also increasing housing production?

Seminar or webinar is presented by Luke Teater who is an independent policy economist specializing in housing and land use issues. Luke was one of the lead authors of Proposition 123, which passed in 2022 creating new financing tools for the production of affordable housing in Colorado. In addition to supporting the state’s implementation of this initiative he is currently leading the development of new data tools to map the regulatory and financial barriers to housing production across Colorado. Prior to founding Thrive Economics in late 2021, Luke was Chief Economist and Deputy Director in Governor Polis’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting.


DRCOG Civic Academy

Through Friday, March 22 – DRCOG is seeking applications for the spring 2024 academy.

Civic Academy is back and better than ever! The academy will offer instruction in both English and Spanish this year. Spring Civic Academy applications are now open. Through Civic Academy, a nationally recognized academy, participants learn from local experts and leaders, network with other residents, and act on what they’ve learned. Since 2007, nearly 1,000 people from around the region have completed the academy.  Over the past decade, Civic Academy has inspired and prepared numerous alums to serve as elected officials, and hundreds of participants have gone on to positions in public agencies or nonprofit organizations that shape Colorado’s future. Many more have used the knowledge and experience they gained to become more involved in their neighborhoods and communities.

Starting April 11 the 7-week in-person academy will meet Thursday evenings – 6:00-9:00 PM MDT


The Future of Cities 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024 – Noon MDT

The Future of Cities series examines national trends affecting U.S. cities. Tune in as we sit down with futurist, urbanist and author Richard Florida to better understand the challenges and opportunities reshaping America.

The Road Ahead

Thursday, April 25, 2024 – 8:00-11:30 AM MDT

Transportation Solutions’ 19th annual seminar features a buffet breakfast, presentations, and a special panel discussion being recorded to be released as a podcast.  We’ll explore the pivotal topic of bus rapid transit (BRT), which will transform our Denver communities. With significant planning efforts in place for Speer-Leetsdale, Colfax, Alameda, and Colorado Boulevard, BRT is a forefront issue impacting the future of transportation in Denver.  Whether you’re a curious Denverite eager to grasp the future of transportation or a business seeking to make a meaningful impact on our community, this event offers everyone a chance to learn, engage, and sponsor the growth of accessible mobility options in Denver.  The Road Ahead attracts over 150 attendees, including local and regional officials, state and federal government elected representatives, public and private sector participants, developers, and business leaders.


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