Public Banking Event at University of Pittsburgh September 12

A great event is happening in Pittsburgh this very weekend. If you're in the area, you won't want to miss it.

JT Campbell, one of the event's organizers, sent me this:

University of Pittsburgh hosts “Empowerment through Ownership” forum on the role of public ownership in the modern economy
September 12, 2015

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


A coalition of national, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh area public policy advocacy organizations will host a one day webinar and forum to support and strengthen “the vital role of public and worker ownership in wide segments of the US and global economy.”

The program has been organized by the Pennsylvania Project, the Public Banking Institute and the Institute for Green Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University with support of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Metropolitan Action Group and the Thomas Merton Center.

Featured speakers include Thomas M. Hanna, Director of Research for the Democracy Collaborative, and Mike Krauss, Founder of the Public Bank Institute and Chair of the Pennsylvania Project.

Hanna will address what he describes as “the surprising vitality of public ownership in America,” and Krauss will outline the role of public banks in strengthening municipal and public finance. According to event coordinator J T Campbell, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh and adviser to the Pennsylvania Project: “The private sector is very good at advancing private profit, but in many important ways is failing to generate prosperity for average Americans. We need a public sector antidote, with a strong dose of public ownership."

The event takes place on Saturday, September 12, beginning at 9:00 AM at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, 3911 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 230 S Bouquet ST, Pittsburgh PA 15213. Partial funding for the event was made possible by a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund.

The event will be presented on line, but to attend registration is required as seating is limited. Lunch will be provided for those attending. For information on the link and to register to attend please contact


When a web site pops up for the event, I'll update the blog. Pittsburgh.jpg

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