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Discussion Groups – Trends in Municipal Growth and Finance

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Virtual Event

Cities are the engines of state and national economies, yet in many places, taxes and public debt are at the highest levels they’ve ever been. Are the increased costs justified by the returns on public investment in the areas of public safety and infrastructure?

Please join us for the second installment of our Spring 2021 Discussion Groups series, “The Modern American City: Past, Present, and Future.” Our Spring Fellow Patrick Tuohey welcomes University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Professor Whitney Afonso, and Kansas City-based architect Dennis Strait for a conversation on what finance and budgeting look like at the local level and how these fields have adapted with time.

This program is made possible through the generosity of Newman’s Own Foundation.

During the event, submit your questions for Dr. Alfonso and Mr. Straight to for the question-and-answer portion of the program.

A printable handout is available for this program here:

This special program will be live-streamed to the institute’s YouTube channel and to its website, Due to continuing concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, the program will only be available online. Follow the Dole Institute on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for updates regarding this and future programming.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive, and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of US Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.


March 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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