Joe Minicozzi will challenge your perception of market forces
and how they affect the built environment. 


Joe’s presentations are a deep dive into city economics, community growth, and urban design. Every presentation is customized and shared as an accessible and entertaining story.

Joe demonstrates how communities can utilize local data and simple math to gain a powerful understanding of their fiscal health, and plan for a healthy economic future. Over the past 10 years, Joe has lectured in 160+ cities in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen in 2017, Joe reveals to audiences the similarity of development across the county, despite wildly varying tax systems. Trained as a city planner and urban designer, Joe is passionate about working with cities and towns of all sizes to help them reach their full economic potential.

Joe has worked in government, real estate development, and finance. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.

Joe will give you the ammunition you need to convince city leaders
to value and invest in downtown real estate and to stop supporting sprawl.
— Jeff Speck, city planner and author of Walkable City: How Downtown Saves America, One Step at a Time.

Few communities consider the important role that local tax systems play in planning, zoning, placemaking, and capital improvement planning. Joe’s lectures change the way audiences think about the cost of development, sprawl, and the value of land. Attendees to Joe’s lectures will:

  • Develop an understanding about how land use and zoning affect a city's economic health

  • Learn how tax policy shapes the built environment

  • Experience case studies from over 150 cities worldwide

  • Gain new perspectives on how tax policy creates unsustainable growth patterns

Cate Ryba
(828) 255-7951 x 209