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Aug. 15, 2008

Public Policy Center establishes Forkenbrock Series

Distinguished researchers, government officials and corporate leaders will head to Iowa City this fall for the inauguration of the University of Iowa Public Policy Center's Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy. The series will provide a forum for dialogue about issues such as transportation finance and the housing crisis from an applied, academic and interdisciplinary perspective.

The series honors David Forkenbrock, founding director of the Public Policy Center and a nationally recognized transportation researcher.

"We developed this series as a way to celebrate Dave's career conducting research to inform the policy-making process. We felt this policy series was an appropriate way to do that," said Peter Damiano, center director.

Forkenbrock established the Public Policy Center in 1987. His vision was to provide a place where interdisciplinary academic research could be conducted on issues vital to the public interest. Forkenbrock died in January of complications from lymphoma.

To launch the series, a symposium titled "Transportation Finance and Economics: Policy Options for the Future" will take place Thursday and Friday Sept. 11 and 12 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 300 E. 9th St. in Coralville. National experts in transportation finance and economics will address innovative approaches to financing transportation projects, identifying and evaluating their economic impacts, and what the future may hold in terms of public policy for transportation projects.

The second Forkenbrock Series symposium, "The Subprime Housing Crisis: Interdisciplinary Policy Perspectives," will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11, at the hotelVetro in downtown Iowa City. This gathering will focus on the urgent need for well-formulated policy responses to address the housing foreclosure crisis. The event seeks to increase awareness about policy responses among citizens, academics and policy makers within Iowa and beyond. Invited speakers will include leading scholars from diverse fields such as business, economics, government affairs and urban planning, as well as leaders of government agencies, financial institutions and non-profit agencies.

For more information about the Forkenbrock series or to register for either symposium, go to or call 319-335-6800.

To support the Forkenbrock Series, visit the UI Foundation Web site at or contact Damiano at or 319-335-6800.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Peter Damiano, Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,