Saturday, October 21

9:00am-12:00pm Pre-Conference Workshop

Tips and Tricks on Using FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)


Keith Taylor, Coordinator, Data Desk in the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

1:00pm-4:00pm AUBER Board Meeting
3:00pm-5:00pm Registration
6:00pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception (Hors d’oeuvres – Dinner on your own)
9:00pm Hospitality Suite

Sunday, October 22

7:45am-9:00am Breakfast

Welcome from Acting Provost Craig White

Keynote: Water is for Fighting


John Fleck, University of New Mexico


Panel 1.1
AUBER Unit Business Models

Patrick Barkey, Chair, University of Montana


Patrick Barkey
University of Montana

Jim Kleckley
East Carolina University

James McCafferty
Western Washington University

Jeff Maxwell
University of New Mexico

Panel 1.2
Research on the Rapidly Evolving Energy Markets in the U.S.

John Deskins,
Chair, West Virginia University



The Energy Transition in Western Coal Country
Rob Godby
University of Wyoming

The Changing Energy Impact in Colorado: What it Means for Rural Communities
Brian Lewandowski
University of Colorado

The Erosion of Coal’s Market Share in the Power Generation Industry
Christine Risch
Marshall University

Economic Effects of Renewable Energy Policy
Eric Bowen
West Virginia University

10:30am-10:45am Break/Networking

Panel 2.1
Designing Effective Dashboards, Websites, and Smartphone Apps

George Hammond, Chair, University of Arizona


Digital Resources from the EBRC
Maile Nadelhoffer, University of Arizona

The Making Action Possible Dashboard
Jennifer Pullen
University of Arizona

Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators
Alan Hoogasian,
University of Arizona

The Arizona’s Economy Smartphone App
Dan Kinnear
University of Arizona

Library Database Technology
Valerie Rice
University of Arizona

Applications within REMI to Quickly Create Compelling Visuals – Case Study: Higher Education Economic Contribution
Chris Judson, Managing Economic Associate

Panel 2.2
What are the Feds Doing to Our Data?

Carol Rogers,
Chair, Indiana University


The AUBER-COPAFS Relationship
Carol Rogers
Indiana University

Susanna Privett
U.S. Census Bureau

Interactive Introduction to FRED
Keith Taylor
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch 

Keith Schwer Keynote


Rajeev Dhawan, Georgia State University



Panel 3.1
Toolkits and Data Visualization

Jerry Conover, Chair, Indiana University



Gateway for Local Government Tax and Finance
Jerry Conover
Carol Rogers
Indiana University

Practical Data Visualization: Infrastructure, Tools and Project Management
Jonathan Page
University of Hawaii

Our Experience Creating “How Vulnerable are American Communities to Automation, Trade and Urbanization?”
Victoria Meldrum
Ball State University

Panel 3.2
Water, Energy, and the Environment

Tom Potiowsky, Chair, Portland State University



Benefit-Cost Analysis of the California WaterFix
Jeff Michael
University of the Pacific

Dividing the Compensation from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Herb Holloway
Southeastern Louisian University

Characterizing Equity Issues for Carbon Policies: The Case of Oregon
Jenny Liu, Portland State University

3:00pm-3:30pm Poster Session and Break


Panel 4.1
Understanding your Local Market: Examples of Market Analysis Research

Ben McKay, Chair, Georgia Southern University



Where Market and Economic Impact Analyses Come Together
Jennifer Green
Jacksonville State University

Northwest Florida Forward: A Regional Strategy for Economic Transformation
Zach Jenkins
West Florida University

Hinesville Business Incubator Feasibility Study
Ben McKay
Georgia Southern University

Panel 4.2
University of New Mexico Ph.D Student Session

 Benjamin Jones, Chair, University of New Mexico



Understanding Falling Municipal Water Demand in a Small City Dependent on the Declining Ogallala Aquifer: Case Study of Clovis, New Mexico
Michael O’Donnell
University of New Mexico

The Case of the Missing Negative Externality: Housing Market Effects of Frankin in the Niobrara Shale Play, Colorado
Xuanhao He
University of New Mexico

Differences in Energy Preferences: Examining Willingness to Pay for Energy Plans in New Mexico
Kara Walter
University of New Mexico

Public Preferences for Ecosystem Services in the Danda River Basin, Nepal: Evidence for a Choice Experiment Survey
Samrat Kunwar
University of New Mexico

Andrew Goodkind
University of New Mexico

*Dinner on Your Own
9:00pm Hospitality Suite (Room 1408)

Monday, October 23

7:45am-9:00am Breakfast



Jesus Cañas, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Panel 5.1
New Mexico University Collaboration Session

Lee Reynis, Chair, University of New Mexico


David Gunzler
University of New Mexico

Phil King
New Mexico State University

Lee Reynis
University of New Mexico


Panel 5.2
Public Policy and Impact Studies

Herb Holloway, Chair, Southeastern Louisiana University


Minor League Baseball and Localized Economic Effects
Mike Toma, Armstrong State University

Phoebe Wong, American University

Estimating a Price Index that Fits the Cost Structure of a Waste Disposal Group Better than the CPI-U
Peter Hulseman, Portland State University

Incentivized Business Attraction: How Much is a Second Amazon HQ Worth to Your Community?
Billy Leung, Vice President, REMI

10:30am-10:45am Break/Networking

Panel 6.1
Cutting-Edge Research

Mike Hicks, Chair, Ball State University



An Agglomeration Set on a Hill: Industry Clusters and the Magnetic Attraction of FDI
Tim Slaper
Indiana University

Tax Increment Financing: Capturing or Creating Growth?
Mike Hicks
Ball State University

Economic Development Toolkit
Megan Randall
Urban Institute

Panel 6.2
Border Issues

Jeff Michael, Chair, University of the Pacific



Yield Spreads, the Exchange Rate, and Recession Predictability for Northern Mexico Border Economies
Tom Fullerton, University of Texas-El Paso

Economic Effects of the California Drought
Jeff Michael
University of the Pacific

Public Responses to Local Demographic Data
Patrick Jones
Eastern Washington University

12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch

Keynote: Environmental

Speaker: Katharine Jacobs, director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science Solutions and professor in the department of soil, water, and environmental science at the University of Arizona

1:45pm-9:45pm Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo “Sky City”
and Dinner at El Pinto Restaurant
9:30pm Hospitality Suite

Tuesday, October 24

8:00am-9:15am Breakfast

AUBER Business Meeting and Awards

9:15am-9:30am Break/Networking

Panel 7.1
Economic Vulnerability and Resilience

Tim Slaper, Chair, Indiana University


Index of Regional Employment Vulnerability/Risk
Tim Slaper, Indiana University

Automation, Trade, and Globalization: What They Mean for Jobs in the Midwest
Mike Hicks
Ball State University

Deconstruction Phase II
Mike Paruskiewicz, Portland State University

Panel 7.2

Matt Kerwick, Chair, University of Texas-Austin


Matt Kerwick
University of Texas-Austin

Do Alcohol Excise Taxes Reduce Motor Vehicle Fatalities?
Robert McClelland
Urban Institute

Crop Choices and Proximity to Ethanol Plants
Junpyo Park
University of Nebraska

The Determinants of Growth in the Information and Communication Technology Industry: A Firm-Level Analysis
Stephen Miller
University of Nevada-Las Vegas


11:00am Adjourn