Winter Institute - Innovative Economics

2018 Winter Institute


2018: Rediscovering Cities


Feb. 1 - 912 Regency Plaza, 912 West Saint Germain St., St. Cloud

4-5 p.m. Welcome reception with cash bar
Sponsor information tables and displays
5-6:15 p.m. Economic Outlook: King Banaian, Luke Greiner, Nimantha Manamperi and Anusha Nath
6:15-7:15 p.m. Featured speaker: Rob Weber '08, entrepreneur and tech investor
7:15-10 p.m. Networking reception
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Feb. 2 - St. Cloud State, 720 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud

8:30 a.m. Registration
9-9:50 a.m. Concurrent sessions
Charles Marohn, Strong Towns
"Building Economically Strong Communities for an Uncertain Future"
Atwood Theater
Giacomo Fiorani and Serena Mariani, University of Macerata
"Resource Efficiency within Cities: the opportunities of local food supply and urban agriculture"
Voyageurs North
Patti Gartland, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation; Brian Myres, Myres Consulting, LLC and DAYTA Marketing
"Collective Impact: An Approach to Solving Society's Most Challenging Problems"
Alumni Room
10-11:20 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Edward Glaeser
"Understanding Cities"
Performing Arts Center (PAC) - Center Stage Auditorium
11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Shaunna Johnson, Matthew Staehling, Ross Olson and Anita Archambeau 
"Looking for Vibrant Cities? Start in Central Minnesota"
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Cascade Room
1-1:50 p.m. Concurrent sessions
Louis Johnston, Economics Department, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
"How did Minnesota become “above average?”
Atwood Theater
Michelle Kiley, Initiative Foundation
"Repurposing Community Spaces"
Voyageurs North
Taisiia Stanishevska and Ed Glaeser
"The Impact of Refugees in Germany and the U.S."
Alumni Room
2-2:50 p.m. Concurrent sessions
Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher, St. Cloud State; Cathy Mehelich, City of St. Cloud; and Leslie Dingmann, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation
"The Stories Cities Tell: Strategies for City Regeneration and Transformation"
Atwood Theater
Anna Gruber and Paul Drange, National Joint Powers Alliance
"Rediscovering Cities Workforce Through Shared Services"
Alumni Room

Teacher Workshop

Analyzing Global Economics Issues

Friday, Feb. 2 at St. Cloud State

Presented by the Foundation for Teaching Economics

in partnership with the

St. Cloud State Center for Economic Education


The program is for educators who integrate global issues into classroom activities, including middle grade teachers, high school teachers and curriculum supervisors.


Registration fee is $25. Attendance for the entire workshop will result in a refund of the registration fee. No other refunds will be provided. 

Registration Deadline

Jan. 15, 2018. Participants must bring their own laptop or tablet.


8 a.m. Registration
8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:30 a.m. Review of Foundations of Economics
9 a.m. Teaching the Basics of International Trade: Part I
10a.m. Edward Glaeser "Understanding Cities" at  Performing Arts Center - Center Stage
11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. Working Lunch: Establishing and Achieving Economic Goals
12:45 p.m. A Look at the Global Supply Chain: How T-Shirts Are Made
1:30 p.m. Teaching the Basics of International Trade: Part II
2:15 p.m.

International Trade Issues Discussion,

     DAVOS 2016: Integrating trade policies into the classroom

3 p.m. Review of FTE / SCSU Center Programs
3:15 p.m. Evaluation
3:30 p.m. Adjournment

Optional: One graduate credit hour in economics from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Cost is $114. Assignment to be given at the end of the program

Speakers and Presenters

Session Summaries