Fiscal Impacts of Development Styles and Urban Land Values

What impact do different kinds of development have on taxpayers? Can tax policies create incentives for sprawl? Can governments estimate the impact different kinds of development will have on their budgets up front? What tools are available to measure the economic impact of varying approaches to development? Join us September 25 for a presentation by a national expert, analysis of a local case study, and panel discussion by regional leaders. 


Joseph Minicozzi & Gerard Mildner Present: 

Transit Oriented Development in the Pacific NW

Thursday, September 25

Tickets available here

Join the Thriving Cities Alliance for presentations from Joseph Minicozzi and Gerard Mildner followed by a panel discussion featuring Carlotta Collette, Colin Cooper and Deanna Palm. 

Minicozzi is the principal of Urban3, LLC, an analytics company in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Before creating U3, he served as the executive director for the Asheville Downtown AssociMinicozzi has spent the last several years studying the effects of tax systems across the United States that create incentives for suburban sprawl, as opposed to encouraging urban infill projects.

He likes to describe the dichotomy between sprawl and infill in simple terms. “Think of it as a farmer,” Minicozzi says. “A farmer needs to maximize his profits, so if he can grow weeds or tomatoes, which one is he going to pick? He’s going to pick the crop that brings in more money. Why don’t we value land the same way?” For more on his work, please visit here.

In addition, Gerard Mildner, Ph. D, will be highlighting his research on the Orenco Station project in Hillsboro, its use of the vertical housing tax exemption program, and what other municipalities can learn from his findings.

Mildner is the Academic Director at Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate where he teaches a variety of topics including urban economics, housing economics, public finance, and cost-benefit analysis.

His research is focused on the economics of local government, including growth management, rent control, municipal sports stadiums, housing markets, land use regulation, and urban transportation.


Nolan Lienhart | Director of Planning & Urban Design, ZGF Architects


Carlotta Collette | Councilor, Metro Council District 2
Colin Cooper | Planning Director, City of Hillsboro     
Deanna Palm | President, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce                        


Alliance Partners

  • Urban Land Institute Northwest
  • Metro
  • 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • Portland State University
  • Home Builders Association of Metro Portland
  • American Planning Association Oregon Chapter
  • American Institute of Architects Portland Chapter
  • Port of Portland
  • Portland Business Alliance

Thursday, September 25
3:00 – 3:30 PM | Registration
3:30 – 5:00 PM | Presentation and Panel Discussion
5:00 – 6:00 PM | Networking & Happy Hour

Benson Hotel, Mayfair Ballroom
309 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon

$50 / $70 for ULI members/non-members (private sector)
$40 / $55 for ULI members/non-members (public sector, non-profit, Young Leader*)
$25/ $35 for ULI members/non-members (student)
Media complimentary

The deadline for online registration is Tuesday, September 23.

The Mission of the Thriving Cities Alliance is to promote high-quality real estate development that will support long-term economic vitality and sustainability for the Portland metro region.