Market Urbanism Track
MARKET URBANISTS CAN USE CODE MU40off FOR A 40% DISCOUNT TO THIS HISTORIC EVENT
Atlanta / June 15-17th
Wherever you live, your city uses regulations to restrict what can be built and for what purposes buildings can be used. FEEcon’s Urbanism, Development, & Your Neighborhood track is a joint effort by Market Urbanism and FEE to shed light on the vast spectrum of land use and transportation regulations that often diminish neighborhood communities, cause traffic congestion, and constrain housing supply to create affordable housing crises across the world. This track provides you with the intellectual tools you’ll need to make a case for liberty in your own backyard.
FEEcon is 2017’s premier gathering of freedom lovers from all walks of life, with professional networking opportunities, inspiring panel discussions, and educational fun for everyone – all sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education and held in vibrant and beautiful Atlanta, Georgia.
With your Student/Young Professional ticket, you will choose from 70+ sessions and 10 distinct learning tracks, designed to provide real skills for professional success, combined with a solid grounding in economic, ethical, and legal principles that you won’t get anywhere else. Learn how to live and think more creatively and effectively, with the goal of improving your life and the lives of those around you. FEEcon will offer vast networking opportunities and allow you to engage with other successful entrepreneurs and student leaders.
With your General Admission ticket, you will have the best of both worlds – FEE’s Annual Retreat plus FEEcon. This will be the conference of the year for supporters of liberty. You will enjoy a VIP experience with philanthropists and partner organizations from across the freedom-loving community. You may also attend your pick of any FEEcon sessions, where you can expand your own education while witnessing first-hand the returns that FEE is generating on your investment in educational outreach.
FEEcon will inspire and empower you to change your life and the world!
FEEcon will run from Thursday evening, June 15th, through Saturday evening, June 17th, 2017. The VIP Annual Retreat events begin on Friday evening, June 16th. All events are at the gorgeous Omni Hotel at Atlanta’s CNN Center.
MARKET URBANISM SPEAKERS
Scott Beyer is a journalist who focuses on urban American issues. He writes columns for Forbes and Governing Magazine, and is the editor of daily content at MarketUrbanism.com. He is currently on a 3-year cross-country trip–living for a month each in 30 different U.S. cities–to write a book about how cities can be revived through “Market Urbanism”.
Jeff Andrade-Fong has been at the intersection of tech and urban logistics for the last several years. He was an early stage employee at Lyft and now works at on-demand delivery startup Postmates. Jeff also co-founded Tech for Housing, a policy advocacy organization dedicated to rallying Bay Area tech workers around urban reform.
Nolan Gray is a writer at Market Urbanism, and hosts the Market Urbanism Podcast. Nolan is a graduate student in city and regional planning at Rutgers University. His research interests include land-use regulation, economic development, and urban planning theory. Nolan previously held roles at the Mercatus Center and Marijuana Policy Project.
Emily Hamilton is the policy research manager for the State and Local Policy Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, Economic Affairs, and contributes to Market Urbanism.
Adam Hengels is founder of Market Urbanism. Once a lonely free-market voice among urbanist intelligentsia, many free-market ideas introduced by Market Urbanism writers have been embraced by urban thinkers across the political spectrum. Adam is a Chicago-based real estate developer and co-founder of a software start-up that uses Artificial Intelligence to optimize building designs.
Sanford Ikeda is a professor of economics at Purchase College of the State University of New York, visiting scholar and research associate at New York University, and past-president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.
He has written for Forbes, National Review Online, and The Freeman, while his scholarly publications have appeared in The Southern Economic Journal, The Review of Austrian Economics, Environmental Politics, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, and Cosmos + Taxis. Sandy has published a book, Dynamics of the Mixed Economy, and has contributed entries for The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (on Robert Moses), The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism (on Jane Jacobs), and The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics.
Dr. Ikeda’s current work focuses on the nature and significance of trust, cities, and social networks for entrepreneurship and economic development.
Anthony Ling is the founder and editor of Caos Planejado, an online opinion publication on urban issues. He has recently published “Guia de Gestão Urbana”, an urban development guide for Brazilian cities. He is a Brazilian architect and urban planner and is currently a MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Charles Marohn is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Chuck is the founder and president of Strong Towns, whose mission is to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.
Sonja Trauss started the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation (SFBARF) in 2014 out of a desire to bring together the supporters of dense, tall, fast building. Trauss began by writing letters in support of every potential housing project that went before the San Francisco Planning Commission, and having a few friends sign them. This quickly turned into a community of intelligent, enthusiastic citizens who are thrilled to support new homes, affordable living and dense development.
Sonja will showcase how the power of positive activism can impact and influence the shape of a city into the future.
more speaker announcements to come…
The weekend is packed with other great speakers such as Jimmy Wales (wikipedia), Patrick Byrne (Overstock.com), Kevin Harrington (Shark Tank), Brad DeVos, Michael Strong and Jeffrey Tucker.
What is Market Urbanism?
Speakers: Adam Hengels, Emily Hamilton; Moderator: Scott Beyer
Are the cities we love a product of the progressives that govern them? And are the suburbs a bastion of free-markets? The answer might surprise you as we explore the foundations of Market Urbanism, and the people who popularized the ideas among libertarians and progressives.
Decoding The Worst Urban Regulations (lightning round)
Moderator: Nolan Gray; Panelists: Anthony Ling, Emily Hamilton, Adam Hengels, Scott Beyer
Have you read your town’s zoning code? Market Urbanists will save you the hassle as they rapidly decode the worst regulations that suck the vitality, vibrancy, and affordability out of your town.
What kind of problem is a city?
Speaker: Sandy Ikeda
Before you can fix something, common sense says you need to understand what kind of problem it is. Too many urban planners don’t seem to realize that a living city is a complex, spontaneous order; and that frustrates even their best intentions. Jane Jacobs and Austrian economics can help explain why.
A Look at the Financial Realities Facing America’s Cities, Towns and Neighborhoods
Speaker: Charles Marohn
Charles Marohn, President of Strong Towns explains why our towns are going broke and how they can grow toward a stronger, more prosperous future. Charles will discuss America’s Suburban Experiment; the Growth Ponzi Scheme; the illusion of wealth; mechanisms of growth; and incremental and traditional development models.
Scheduling Note: Charles is only available Friday, June 16th
Positive Activism Can Shape a City
Speaker: Sonja Trauss
Sonja started the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation (SFBARF) in 2014 out of a desire to support dense, tall, fast building in a city suffocated by archaic regulation. To conclude the Market Urbanism track, she will share how she formed a community of intelligent, enthusiastic citizens who support a rollback of regulations prohibiting new homes, affordable living and dense development in the country’s most over-regulated city.
Stay tuned for more updates. More information can be found at the FEEcon website.
MARKET URBANISTS CAN USE CODE “MU40off” FOR A 40% DISCOUNT TO THIS HISTORIC EVENT
For students and young professionals, registration is $149, and you’ll have access to the FEEcon Kickoff event on June 15th, all Friday sessions, and all Saturday sessions. Limited travel, hotel and tuition reimbursement scholarships are available.
For all other attendees, $329 opens your access to all FEEcon sessions, plus FEE’s Annual Retreat, which includes these VIP events: Friday evening reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday evening reception, Saturday evening banquet dinner, and Sunday brunch. After the early-bird special ends on March 31st, the price will increase to $379.
If you’re flying, plan to arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). FEEcon will be held at the Omni Hotel: 190 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. There is a room block available at the Omni Hotel, and there are numerous other lodging options nearby. The valet entrance for the Omni Hotel is located on Marietta Street.