Joe Minicozzi will challenge your perception of market forces
and how they affect urban environments. 


Joe is a highly sought-after speaker worldwide.

His presentations include a deep dive into city economics, downtown development, and urban design. Every presentation is customized for the local context, specific audience, and is shared as a digestible story for public viewing. The narrative and graphics demonstrate how cities can utilize readily available data and simple math to gain a powerful understanding of their worth, and better forecast fiscally sustainable development patterns. Past tours encompass 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’s extensive speaking tours transcend disciplines and all levels of community and economic development. The lessons learned apply at all levels of urban development, from individual parcels to metropolitan regions. Joe’s policy knowledge and human behavior insight demystify an unnecessarily complicated and politicized domain for the public and city leaders alike.

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 property value plays in planning, zoning, placemaking, and capital improvement planning. Land use economics is a strategic tool that reveals how your community can proactively manage growth and use land in a fiscally-wise way. The goal of Urban3's lectures is to change the way people think about the cost of development, sprawl, and the value of land. The general learning objectives of Urban3's lectures include:

    • Developing an understanding about how land use and zoning affect a city's economic productivity and fiscal vitality

    • Discovering the ways land use and zoning policies are connected to built environments, and the implications of those connections

    • Understanding the of tax policy in shaping the built environment

    • Gaining new perspectives on urban development patterns, and how tax and fiscal policy can fuel market demand for sprawl.

To learn more about the in-depth objectives & fees:

Contact our Director of Touring - Veronica Eastell
(828) 255-7951 ext. 207


Sample of Conference Lectures