Column in The Hill – States: Stop subsidizing these 3 dumb things

There are a lot of things states do in the name of "economic development that don't make much sense. But out of all the bad deals out there, there's three popular kinds of subsidized project that are especially bad for the communities that make them: Stadiums, data centers and distribution centers. In The Hill, CEA … Continue reading Column in The Hill – States: Stop subsidizing these 3 dumb things

St. Louis Post-Dispatch column: Emotion defeats common sense in St. Louis’s MLS stadium deal

Politicians love it when they can benefit from the emotional connection Americans have with our sports teams. Unfortunately, one of the ways they do that is by handing out subsidies and incentives to pro sports team stadiums, despite all the evidence that they're usually a terrible deal for the community. As the CEA's John Mozena … Continue reading St. Louis Post-Dispatch column: Emotion defeats common sense in St. Louis’s MLS stadium deal

Albany Times-Union column: NY needs new leadership to lure businesses to the state

New York's Empire State Development Corporation is beginning a search for a new CEO, and as the CEA's John Mozena writes in the Albany Times-Union, it's "an opportunity for New York to end its participation in the nationwide economic development race to the bottom." Obviously, simply putting a more forward-looking individual in the CEO's chair … Continue reading Albany Times-Union column: NY needs new leadership to lure businesses to the state

Crain’s Chicago Business column: Economic development deals risk ruining Chicago

In a new column at Crain's Chicago Business, CEA President John Mozena warns Chicagoans that their city's practice of piling fiscal burdens on everyone then exempting a few favored large taxpayers through economic development deals risks throwing the city into a spiral that is all too familiar to other once-great American cities: This spiral happens … Continue reading Crain’s Chicago Business column: Economic development deals risk ruining Chicago

Op-ed in The Tennessean: Nashville didn’t need to make a deal with Amazon

With some of the highest economic growth and lowest unemployment in the nation, Nashville's leaders should be focusing on how to manage the economic activity they have rather than throwing $100 million at Amazon to locate a new facility there. In the Tennessean, CEA President John Mozena raised the question of whose interests were truly … Continue reading Op-ed in The Tennessean: Nashville didn’t need to make a deal with Amazon