The CGO 1998 Conference

The 18th North American Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations

Portland, Oregon

July 29-August 2, 1998

Conference Information: phone toll-free 1-888-262-9015

Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Portland.

317 SW Lincoln
Portland, OR 97201
phone 503-221-0450
fax 503-226-6260

Just 25 minutes from the airport via complimentary shuttle service.

Conference Schedule (as of July 23, 1998)

Wednesday, July 29: For Organizers, Pre-conference Meetings & Registration

8:30 - 5:00 Common Ground-USA all-day meeting. Chair: President Nadine Stoner

3:00 - 5:00 Registration
7:00 - 9:00 Registration resumes
7:00 - 10:00 Informal Reception

Thursday, July 30: A Bit of Business Before a Pile of Pleasure

Morning: Reports
8:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Formal Opening by Conference Coordinator Jeff Smith and CGO President Drew Harris
9:15 - 10:15 Reports from member organizations of the Council of Georgist Organizations (CGO)
10:15 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 Reports from member organizations

Afternoon: Tour
12:00 - 1:30 Catered Buffet Lunch: CGO President's Address by Drew Harris
1:45 - 5:15 Bus Tour: "The Beautiful, The Venerable and The Speculated in Portland Real Estate" (or free time to explore Downtown Portland). Meanwhile a team of volunteers polls the public for the issues-oriented forums to follow.
Evening: Games
Dinner on your own.
7:00 - 9:00 CGO Annual Business Meeting.
9:00 - ? Ed Dodson hosts the 2nd Edition of Geo-jeopardy!

Friday, July 31: Inventing the Future of the Northwest

Morning: Economic AND Environmental Health
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome from CGO President Drew Harris and Conference Coordinator Jeff Smith
8:30 - 9:30 Panel, "Meeting the Challenges."
Chair: Hanno Beck, author of the Friends Of the Earth booklet on tax shifting
Panelists: Christopher Juniper, Coordinator, Oregon Natural Step Network, economist, on "Motivating Voluntary Stewardship;"
Jeff Allen, Exec. Dir. of the Oregon Environmental Council, on "Policy for the 21st century or, Lessons from the Bottle Bill";
Respondent, Cliff Cobb, co-author of Atlantic Monthly cover story on true indicators.

9:30 - 10:30 Panel, "Making Prices Precise"
Chair: Nancy Newell, OregonGreen Energy, founder/director.
Pete West, Policy Analyst for the Renewable Northwest Project on "After Auction, Regulation: The Case of COx in Oregon;"
Dr. Mason Gaffney, UC, ex-consultant to Alaska on their oil dividend, on "Reverse the Flow of Revenue, Heal the Flow of Water."
Respondents: Charley Ringo, Chair of the Oregon Sierra Club, and Dr. Nic Tideman (see below).
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 Panel, "Ethics and Praxis"
Chair: Betty McArdle, co-founder and board member, Alternatives to Growth.
Panelists: Dr. Nic Tideman, VPI, ex-presidential commissioner on inflation, on "The Morality of One Practical Policy;" George Collins, Exec. Director of the Henry George School of Social Science of NY, on "The Practicality of Economic Justice."
Respondent: Ross Williams, Sierra Club (invited).

11:45 - 1:15 Lunch. Speaker -- Alan T. Durning author of Tax Shift, co-founder & president of Seattle's Northwest Environment Watch (a spin-off of DC's WorldWatch), on "Getting Taxes Off Our Backs and On Our Side." (Here's a recent article by Durning.)
1:30 - 3:00 Panel, "Sustaining Community through Turbulent Growth: Sprawl & Transportation"
Chair: Kris Nelson, Salem consultant for alternative fuels and vehicles
Panelists: Dr. Bill Batt, ex-researcher for a New York legislative commission on taxes, on "Planning by Taxing;" Tom Gihring, PhD, author of the Clark Co. land value study, on "Saving Land & Money with Taxes"; and Dr. Gerry Mildner, Portland State University Urban Studies & Planning, on "Can Congestion Fund Transportation?"
Respondent: Bill Atherton, Mayor of Lake Oswego and leading Metro candidate; Virginia Hodgson, architect, PSU graduate student in Regional Economics.
4:00 - 4:30 Break
4:30 - 5:30 Workshop: "A Vision for Action". Everyone co-plans to transform Oregon's economy.
Facilitator: Dr Drew Harris, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ.

Evening: Reception
Dinner on your own
8:00 - 10:00 Reception by the CGO for local community co-sponsors: the Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Natural Resources Council, Portland Sustainable Lifestyles Campaign, Solar Energy Association, Oregon Green Energy, and Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Saturday, August 1: The Prospects for Local and National Reform

Morning: Tax vs. Rent
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome, Drew & Jeff (if awake)
8:30 - 9:00 Speaker, Dr. Robert Andelson of Auburn University reviews the newly-updated Land Value Taxation Around the World. Respondent: Dr. John Wish, Lewis & Clark College.
9:00 - 10:30 Panel, "The Losses of Nations"
Chair: Mary Jane Amon, businesswoman.
Panelists: Dr. Mason Gaffney (see above), on "The Collateral Damage of Subsidies"; and Dr. Nicolaus Tideman (see above) on "The Collateral Damage of Taxes."
Respondent: Dr. Russ Beaton, Dept. of Economics, Willamette University.
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Panel: "Maximizing Choice"
Chair: Michael Wilson (invited), Chair of the local Libertarian Party
Panelists: Dr. Robert Andelson of Auburn University on "Historical Links of Libertarians and Land Reformers"; and John Charles, Director of Environmental Policy, Cascade Policy Institute, on "Tax-free for Ecology."
Respondent, Dan Sullivan, ex-president of both the Pittsburgh Greens and Libertarians.

Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Facing the Task
1:30 - 2:45 Panel: "Would legislators shift taxes?"
Chair: Richard Forester, attorney and mediator, land use disputes.
Panelists: Joshua Vincent, lobbyist for the Henry George Foundation, Columbia, MD, on "The Joy and Pain of Georgist Activism"; Pete Sorenson, Lane County Commissioner, former state senator, on "Greening Local Taxes"; and Jim Scherzinger, the Legislature's Fiscal Analyst on "Legal requirements".
Respondent: Ted Gwartney, ex-appraiser, Bank of America, ex-Chief Assessor for British Columbia.
2:45 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Workshop, Part 2: "Integrating solutions: Creating the Future of the Northwest".
Small groups devise action plans to realize our vision for the Northwest.

Evening: Banquet
6:00 - 7:00 Cocktails
7:00 - 10:00 Banquet. Speaker: State Representative Bryan Johnston, "Is Salem Shift-Ready?", and Alanna Hartzok, Community Activist and UN-NGO Representative, "Sharing Our Common Heritage Via The Tax Shift Agenda."

Sunday, August 2: Closing Followed by More Fun for the Hardy

7:00-8:30 Bus trip to the Rose Garden, a world-famous scent-fest, for spiritual sharing.
8:30-9:30 Workshop: Packaging George for the 21st Century, with Jack Yost, publisher.
9:30-11:00 Brunch, toasting and farewells.

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