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Regional Innovation Series:

Join this kickoff event to a series of discussions on regional economic development connectivity and initiatives, featuring a showcase of research projects completed by UNM Anderson School Fellows in support of strategic AED initiatives. Check out the news release here.

Keynote Speaker: Christiana K. McFarland, Ph.D., Research Director, National League of Cities

Christiana K. McFarland is the Research Director of the National League of Cities, the nation’s largest advocacy, resource and research organization dedicated to strengthening cities. She directs the organization’s research agenda and conducts NLC’s major research initiatives, including City Fiscal Conditions and State of the Cities. Dr. McFarland also launched and leads NLC’s research partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues and is the principal researcher on economic development, municipal finance, workforce development and city-state relationship issues. She has been with NLC since 2001, and prior to her post as Research Director, launched NLC’s finance and economic development program focused on supporting municipal leadership and outcomes in economic development, workforce development and municipal finance. Dr. McFarland has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics and Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech.