News and Events
Greg Alward and David Kay of the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science presented a paper about the Market Opportunities for Michigan's Wood Products and Structural Path Analysis. Greg also served as a session monitor at the highly successful Association for University Business and Ecomonic Resarch (AUBER) 2016 Conference. The event took place October 22-25, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The AUBER 2016 Conference explored the theme of “Local Heroes: Understanding Regional Supply Chains and Economic Development” drawing on the example of the Northwest Arkansas economy, home to Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transportation. The meeting focused on economic data solutions, best practices for regional indicators, developments in economic impact modeling and the secrets to running a successful regional business and economic center.
At the MCRSA 2016 Annual Conference the following individuals were recognized for their contributions:
Dr. Steve Deller
MCRSA Distinguished Service Award: The Distinguished Service Award is the Association’s award for outstanding service to the Association. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes exceptionally meritorious and sustained service on behalf of MCRSA. It pays homage to those who pursue a vision of a sustainable, healthy and vibrant Association. A Distinguished Service Award is a member who has served multiple terms within leadership over many years of active participation, and is allocated for the individual who has been truly “Exceptional.” This is a long‐time member of the Association who has consistently and repeatedly done service in a sustained fashion and a multiplicity of roles.
Dr. Greg Alward
MCRSA Distinguished Fellow (The Highest Award MCRSA can bestow): The Distinguished Fellow Is the Association’s award for good standing and history of 10 years or more involvement with the MCRSA support and participation that has made significant contributions to the broader discipline of Regional Science. Individuals with particularly outstanding records of scholarship, service to the profession, and participation within the Association in the advancement of regional analysis and related fields of study, research productivity, impact of research within the broader discipline of Regional Science productivity are elected as a Fellow of the Association by the MCRSA Board of Directors. Distinguished Fellow is an honorary position of the Association in recognition of the achievements and contributions of the selected individual.
NEWLY ELECTED OFFICER
Vice-President: The Vice-President assists the President in the conduct of the President’s duties and shall assume such other duties and responsibilities as determined from time to time by the President and the Board. The Vice-President serves as chair of the Competition Committee Chairman. The Competition Committee Chairman (The Vice President) shall be assisted by the Editor(s) of the Corporation’s Journal and two other Voting Members in good standing. Those two members are selected by the Committee Chair (The Vice President).
Dr. John Leatherman
Executive Director: The Executive Director shall serve as the Corporation’s secretary and treasurer and will otherwise be empowered to act on behalf of the Corporation in its general interests and consultation with the Board. The Executive Director will cause to be kept complete and correct minutes of all meetings of the Board and the Voting Members, and cause to be issued notices of all meetings in accordance with these Bylaws or as required by law. When authorized and directed by the Board, the Executive Director will execute with the President all contracts, deeds, and other instruments for and on behalf of the Corporation. The Executive Director will be the legal custodian of all books, deeds, instruments, papers, and records of the Corporation, the inspection of which will be permitted at all reasonable times by any Director or executive officer of the Corporation. The Executive Director will attend to such correspondence as may be incidental to the office, and will cause to be deposited all monies, securities, and other valuable effects of the Corporation in such depositories as the Board will authorize and direct and, whenever requested to do so by the President or the Board, will prepare and submit written statements, reports and accounts fully and accurately reflecting the assets, liabilities, and financial transactions and condition of the Corporation. The Executive Director will perform such other and further duties as the Board may from time to time direct, and will perform all other duties and discharge all other responsibilities which customarily relate and pertain to the office of Executive Director.
The 63rd Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC) was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 9-12, 2016.
Greg Alward, Erik Kvale, and David Kay (via phone) participated in the pre-conference workshop "Development of Standard Procedures for Contribution Analysis of Agriculture and Forestry."
Alward Institute Conference Presentations included:
Improving Methods for Building and Using Regional Social Accounts and Models, Thursday November 10
Organizer: Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science
- Developing Standard Protocols for Impact and Contribution Analyses of Agriculture, Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science
- Developing a Standard Protocols for Impact and Contribution Analysis of Forestry, Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science, David D. Kay, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science
- Practical Methods to Improve Regional SAMs, Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science, David D. Kay, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science
- From Ag Budgets to Input-output Accounts: Measuring the Economic Contribution of Regional Production Agriculture, David D. Kay, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science, Stephen Cooke, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science, Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science
Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science
Larry Leefers, Michigan State University
Philip Watson, University of Idaho
To learn more about NARSC, please follow the "read more" link below.
The MCRSA Annual Conference was held in Charlotte, North Carolina from June 9-11, 2016 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. Dr. Greg Alward, David Kay and Dr. Stephen Cooke of the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science were presenters at this event.
Dr. Greg Alward presented the 2016 MCRSA Plenary Session "Best Available Science: Quality Assusrance Standards and Applied Regional Economics in an Era of Big Data and Big Science."
David Kay presented "From Ag Budgets to Input-Output Accounts: Measuring the Economic Contribution of Regional Production Agriculture."
Dr. Stephen Cooke presented "Induced-Effects Multiplier and Contribution Analysis: Does IMPLAN Version 3, Get it Right?"
Below are links to the formal presentations given by Dr. Greg Alward and David Kay of the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science at the MCRSA 2016 Annual Conference.
The Western Forest Economists (WFE) held their annual conference May 3-4, 2016 at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington.
The Western Forest Economists is a non-profit group that welcomes membership from any interested party. For the last 50 years, we have met each Spring for a two to three-day conference that focuses on forest economics. The conference is a great opportunity to discuss current research, issues, and trends. The WFE’s informal meeting format encourages discussion and interchange. WFE meetings attract economists from industry, government agencies, and universities. WFE is especially interested in encouraging students to participate.
Dr. Stephen Cooke of the Alward Institute of Science presented "The Michigan Forest Products" study and paper.
- Changing Markets for U.S. Forest Products: Identifying Competitive Advantage, Bottlenecks and Policy Prescriptions for Michigan’s Forest Products Sectors.
- Alward Institute Community Intelligence Research Laboratory
- Identifying Opportunities for Growth in Michigan’s Forest-Product Sectors
- A Method for Evaluating the Economic Contribution of a Local Food System
The Alward Institute was honored to collaborate in partnership with the University of Idaho, North Carolina State University, and the State University of New York on a recent submission regarding Critical Resiliency.
The American Journal of Agricultural Economics has accepted the Alward Institute’s latest research paper for review.
An Innovative Method for Valuing a Region's Local Food System
The Alward Institute for Collaborative Science is very excited to announce that the American Journal of Agricultural Economics has accepted our latest research paper for review: A Method for Evaluating the Economic Contribution of a Local Food System. The paper presents an innovative method for evaluating the contribution of a region’s local food system and was authored by regional economists Phil Watson, David Kay, Gregory Alward, Stephen Cooke, and Alfonso Morales.
In recent years there has been increased interest on the part of policy makers and researchers in quantifying the extent to which a region’s local food system interacts with and contributes to the regional economy. However, given the endogenous nature of local food demands, modeling the contribution that local food systems have on a regional economy has been problematic.
In this paper, we present a combined hypothetical extraction and import substitution social accounting matrix model which provides a theoretically consistent and computationally feasible method for evaluating the regional economic contribution of a local food system. Furthermore, the method we present is insensitive to definitional arguments regarding what specific transactions should be included in a local food system. Finally, using a broad definition of what constitutes a local food system, we apply this model to the state of Wisconsin and compare the economic contribution of the local food system with the economic contribution of the export food system.
Identifying Opportunities for Growth in Michigan’s Forest-Product Sectors
A Michigan Forest Products Industry Market Analysis
The 2015 Michigan Governor’s Forest Products Industry Summit was held October 28, 2015 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Greg Alward was honored with the request to present the Executive Summary: