Harrisburg: An LVT Success Story
Stephen Reed introduced land value tax to Harrisburg, and credits it for playing a key role in Harrisburg's recovery during his 28 years as mayor. Reed was defeated in 2009 by the current mayor, Linda Thompson. We have invited both of them to address our conference.
A Perfect Conference for Conversation
The Camp Hill Radisson has more of a retreat feel than any other hotel in the area, with an outside patio off the dining room, a large grassy campus, and the biggest, nicest hospitality space we have ever had. Most parking lots are more distant in order to keep them from interfering with that atmosphere, and high banks and dense shrubbery reduce traffic noise. We are planning our conference with longer spaces between sessions, with conversation space for those who want to chat, and our biggest, nicest hospitality room ever.
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Welcome to Harrisburg: A welcoming reception featuring mayor Linda Thompson (invited), hosted by Ted Gwartney.
Speak for up to three minutes at a time on
Public Officials on Land Value Tax:
Elected officials from Pennsylvania's LVT cities on their impressions
of how land value tax has affected those cities. Hosted by Ed Dodson.
Georgist Assertions in a Nutshell: One-minute statements of common Georgist assertions in support of land value tax, delivered over lunch.
Public Officials Respond to Georgist Assertions:
The same elected officials talk about which Georgist assertions about
land value tax come across as most and least compelling to them and
their constituencies. Hosted by Ed Dodson.
Replace real estate taxes? A debate on whether to replace
with a non-real-estate tax. Joshua Vincent and Dan Sullivan challenge
the strongest anti-property-tax advocates in the state. Free to the
Whose shale is it anyhow? A panel on the hot Marcellus
Shale controversy, focusing on collecting a royalty or severance
tax and on including mineral rights in the property tax. Alanna Hartzok
hosts speakers from the Keystone Budget and Policy Center and Penn
Future. Free to the public.
Banquet: Harrisburg's former mayor Steven Reed (invited).
Putting What We Have Learned into Action: A roving brainstorming festival with an organization at each table.
Our traditional conference close, where we remember past Georgists,
express our fondest hopes, and toast our fellow Georgists with
concurrent sessions are repeated in such a way
that nobody has to miss his second or third choice in order to attend
his first choice. There will never be more than three events at one
time. This allows us to accept more
presenters, and to have smaller sessions with more interaction. The
emphasis on this year's conference is interaction.
LVT = higher Buildings, more revenue, and increased land values. An interactive seminar by Mike Curtis.
Mannahatta: The Henry George institute's snazzy new seminar on the Laws of Distribution.
Land Rights Online
Course: - Alanna Hartzok, Earth Rights Institute
Sales and VAT taxes: Polly Cleveland, drawing on analysis by Mason Gaffney, Eric Jacoby Hawkins on sales and excise taxes in Canada.
is your target audience? What do you want from them, and what will
induce them to give you what? Dave Harrell & Walt Rybeck.
What is a winnable objective for your organization? Why is that objective important to the Georgist movement? How can you get
what you need to win that objective? Paul Justus & Dan Sullivan.
Networking, Collaboration and Skills
Exchange. What do you
need? What can you offer? How do we match talent with
opportunity? Bill Batt, Eric Jacoby Hawkins, Jacob Schwartz-Lucas.
Speak for 5 to 10 minutes on the topic of your choice. You can sign up
for this at any time until all slots are filled. After each
speech there will be a short critique of the presentation quality
(Toastmasters style), followed by a brief discussion of content. This
great opportunity to make a personal statement to fellow Georgists.
These sessions have been very popular in the past. Contact Dan Sullivan to
reserve a spot.
The Law of Rent never changes, but our schedule may -- without notice.
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