• June 19, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

David has worked as a Special Agent for the FBI’s Charlotte field office for over nine years. During that time, David has exclusively investigated crimes committed through the use of computers. Before joining the FBI, David worked in the private sector as an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist. David will discuss current threats and trends in (more…)

  • May 15, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Bartley Danielsen
    Dr. Bartley R. Danielsen is an Associate Professor of Business Management at North Carolina State University where he has taught courses in corporate finance, real estate and investments. He coauthors the internationally best-selling textbook, .Foundations of Financial Management (16th ed.). His current research focuses on how charter schools, school vouchers, and other school choice initiatives impact real estate development, property values, and the environment. His research appears in the Real Estate Economics, the Journal of Housing Research, the Journal of Real Estate Research, the Journal of Real Estate Literature, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and numerous other high-quality academic real estate and finance journals. Dr. Danielsen is the founder and President of “Environmentalists for Effective Education” (effective-ed.org), a nonprofit corporation devoted to promoting research and awareness of the importance of educational choices in revitalizing blighted urban areas, reducing urban sprawl, and creating sustainable cities. Dr. Danielsen received his PhD in financial economics from the University of Florida and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Georgia. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and he has provided financial consulting services to numerous domestic and multinational companies.

Over the years, economists have observed that some school choice programs often enhance property values. Neighborhood improvement was not the purpose of these choice programs, but neighborhoods improved spontaneously. Now real estate developers and civic leaders have begun to search for school choice programs that are specifically designed to reduce concentrated poverty, combat urban sprawl, and enhance the quality of life outside the school-house walls. Dr. Danielsen reviews the state of current research and discusses optimal features for choice programs that enhance the quality of urban life.

  • April 18, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The talk will give an overview of health spending and the federal budget. In particular, it will discuss the Affordable Care Act – what is has done, what the current policy issues are – and the longer-term fiscal challenges arising from health spending growth.

  • March 21, 2018
    8:00 am - 11:00 am


  • Dr. Kevin Swift
    Dr. Swift is chief economist at the American Chemistry Council, where he performs economic analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, and tax, and monitors business conditions and assessing the economic contributions of chemistry. Prior to joining ACC, Dr. Swift held senior level positions at two market research consultancies. He started his career at Dow Chemical. Dr. Swift is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, Society of Business Economists, Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists, National Business Economics Issues Council, and Charlotte Economics Club. He is a member of The Wall Street Journal Forecasters’ Survey panel, NABE’s forecaster panel, and participates in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's forecasters' survey. Dr. Swift is a graduate of Ashland College with a B.A. and Case Western Reserve University with an M.A. in Economics. He holds a doctorate in business administration from Anglia Polytechnic University and has studied at Harvard and Oxford.

Dr. Swift will examine the confluence of new technologies on US oil and gas extraction, the revolution now occurring, and its effect on the US manufacturing and the US economy.

  • February 14, 2018
    7:00 am - 10:00 am


  • Ken Simonson
    Chief Economist for the Association of General Contractors

Since 2001, Ken Simonson has been the Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading national association for construction contractors, suppliers and service providers. His weekly one-page email, The Data DIGest, provides 40,000 readers with insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries. Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues for a variety of business groups, federal agencies and an economic consultant firm.