News and Events
MCRSA, June 2014; Madison, Wisconsin
The Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) is an organization consisting of an interdisciplinary membership from academics and other public and private organizations. It uses and develops the tools of regional science to help solve applied problems in rural and urban areas at the local, state, and national levels. It consists of campus-based teachers and researchers, outreach educators, public and private analysts, consultants, etc. The disciplines represented within MCRSA include economics, planning, geography, business, sociology, public administration, and others. Members of the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science actively participate in the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) conferences, and Greg Alward served as President for the 2013 year. MCRSA is one of five regional science associations located in North America affiliated with the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC). The 2014 MCRSA/IMPLAN Proceedings and Presentations have been posted to the MCRSA website.
Andrew Schreiber, graduate student, University of Wisconsin, Madison; (T. Rutherford, advisor).
Dr. Greg Alward was asked to give a presentation at the 2014 National HAZUS User Conference, held August 4-6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Greg showcased IMPLAN's Analysis Services API for HAZUS Indirect Economic Effects presentation, written by Dr. Greg Alward and Andrew Schreiber, University of Wisconsin, Madison; research program funded by the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science.
David Kay, presentation on EB-5 Investments
Greg Alward, President, MidContinent Regional Science Association and John Leatherman, Executive Director, Midcontinent Regional Science Association
CGE Workshop, Huntersville, North Carolina; IMPLAN Offices, November, 2013
A one-day research collaboration meeting to discuss protocols for developing regional CGE models using IMPLAN data was held November 12, 2013 in Huntersville, North Carolina. Dr. Thomas Rutherford (University of Wisconsin), Dr. Phil Watson (University of Idaho) and Dr. Greg Alward (Alward Institute for Collaborative Science) engaged a small group of experienced CGE modelers to (1) review experiences in building regional CGE models, (2) share protocols jointly developed by the University of Wisconsin and IMPLAN Group (now members of the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science) for using IMPLAN data with Rutherford's GAMS/MPSGE procedures to formulate various model types, and (3) to engage in a focus group discussion to identify and prioritize policy applications for additional development.
The core participant and presenter group included:
- Adam Rose (USC)
- Justin Caron (MIT)
- Miles LIght (University of Colorado)
- Ed Balistreri (Colorado School of Mines)
- Martin Ross (Duke)
- Madanmohan Ghosh (Environment Canada)
- Julia Gamas (EPA)
- Sugandha Tuladhar (NERA)
- Mei Yuan (NERA)
- Mark Peters (USDA, NRCS)