The 33rd North American Conference of the
Council of Georgist Organizations

Tuesday, August 6 to Saturday Morning, August 10, 2013
at the Four Points Sheraton Pittburgh Airport

 Our Previous Conferences 

Centennial Celebration and Mourning

1913: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years. It was the year of Pittsburgh’s land value tax; it was the year of the United States’s income tax. It was the year of the first US Georgist victory; it was the year of the greatest Georgist Schism. Come to Pittsburgh to celebrate 100 years of land value tax in Pennsylvania, and to mourn 100 years of income tax that was supposed to fall only on rental income.

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Tuesday, August 6th

   Pre-Conference Georgist Education Workshop, 2-5 PM

Expanding on the vital, yet oft-ignored, influence of land policy in US history: Ed Dodson.

Preserving farmland through farm heritage trusts, and opportunities for alliance with Georgists: Bob Jene.

Recent enhancements to Henry George’s theory of the boom/bust cycle that help to explain current phenomena: Mike Curtis and Lindy Davies

Making Georgist curricula more compatible with mainstream economics without compromising its main ideas: Lindy Davies

   Welcoming Reception, 7:30-9 PM

Welcome by Dan Sullivan, CGO President and local host
Historical Voices on Land: a readers’ theater presentation by Ed Dodson and friends.

Wednesday, August 7th

8-8:15 AM

   Open Mike

8:15 - 9:45

   Pittsburgh's Land Tax History

From the scandals that led to reform to the assessment scandal that destroyed it: Dan Sullivan.

10:15 - 11:45

Pittsburgh’s 1989 Tax Swap Hearing

Video and discussion of the landmark hearing on replacing the wage tax with LVT.

Noon - 12:45

   Lunch -- CGO Member Reports after we dine

1 - 2:30

   Experiences with LVT and Pennsylvania’s Assessments

Describing LVT's effects in Clairton, Aliquippa, and Washington, PA. With Richard Lattanzi, Mayor of Clairton, and other invited leaders.

3 - 4:30

   The Politics of Assessing

Ted Gwartney, Mike Curtis, Bill Batt and invited local assessors and officials.


   Dinner on your Own -- Oreganizational dinner meetings

7:00 - 8:30

   A Hundred Years of Georgist Songs

Performances and sing-alongs of historical Georgist songs, parodies and new songs. Collected by Paul Justus.

Thursday, August 8th

8 - 8:15

   Open Mike

8:30 - 10

   How the 1913 Income Tax Divided the Georgist Movement

Drawn from Georgist history doctoral thesis work: Historian Alex Wagner Lough.

10:15 - 11:45

   The Commons Movement: A Civil Right to the Commons

Greg Pace; Pittsburgh’s Campaign to Reclaim the Commons: Paul O’Hanlon; Host, Alanna Hartzok.

Noon - 1

   Lunch -- CGO Member Reports after we dine

1:15-(approximately) 6:45

   Bus Tour: A Grand View of Pittsburgh

alook at how land value tax has affected the city; Heinz History Museum Tour: How the Washington family’s illegal land speculation started the French and Indian War; Dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Friday, August 9th

8:30 - 9:30

   CGO Business Meeting

9:30 - 10:45

   Technology for Movement-Building

The "Why" session: what’s been done and why it’s important: Jacob Shwartz-Lucas and Ed Miller.

11:00 - Noon

   Introducing our Vision to Average Communities

Frank De Jong; Personal experiences welcome.

12:15 - 1:15

   Lunch -- CGO Member Reports after we dine

1:30 - 3

   Transportation and Land Value

The Transit Crisis in Allegheny County: Helen Gerhardt, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Transportation and Investment: Chris Sandvig, Pittsburgh Community Reinvesment Group, London’s Jubilee Line: Ted Gwartney, Profits from the DC Metro: Rick Rybeck.

3:15 - 4:45

   Social Media Workshop

The "How" session: hands-on help with latest tools. Bring your laptop!

7 - 9

   Gala Banquet - Speaker: Josh Vincent

Advancing LVT through Collaboration and Team Building

Saturday, August 10th

9 - 10:15

   Subway-stop Taxpayer Lots in New York City

Public-funding windfalls in the Big Apple, and crafting a muckraking presentation: Lindy Davies.

10:30 - Noon

   Farewell Brunch

Toasts & Farewells

The Law of Rent never changes, but our schedule may - without notice.


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Phone: 888/262-9015 toll free in the USA or 847/475-0391

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