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Jonathan Q. Morgan

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Jonathan Morgan joined the School of Government in 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., an economic and workforce development consulting firm located in Carrboro-Chapel Hill. He has also served as director of economic policy and research for the NC Department of Commerce, as well as research and policy director for the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development. Currently Morgan serves as course director for the annual Basic Economic Development Course. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Economic Development and Popular Government. He is a member of the NC Economic Developers Association, ACCRA–The Council for Community and Economic Research, and the International Economic Development Council. Morgan earned a BA from the University of Virginia, an MPA from Clark Atlanta University, and a PhD in public administration from North Carolina State University.


Selected Publications

Regional Clusters and Jobs for Inner City Workers: The Case of Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. 2012.  Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society vol. 43, no. 4: 492-511.

State-of-the-Art Measures in Economic Development (with David Ammons).  Public Management (PM), vol. 93, no. 5, June 2011.

Governance, Policy Innovation, and Local Economic Development in North Carolina. 2010.  Policy Studies Journal vol. 38, no. 4: 679-702.

Analyzing the Benefits and Costs of Economic Development Projects, Community and Economic Development Bulletin, No. 7, April 2010.

Optimizing the Use of Economic Development Incentives, Municipal Lawyer, vol. 51, no. 1, 2010.

Additional Publications

Book Chapters

Community Development and Affordable Housing, Chapter 8 (with Anita Brown-Graham), in Managing Local Government Services, Carl Stenberg, ed., International City/County Management Association, 2006.

Articles, Monographs, and Bulletins  

State-of-the-Art Measures in Economic Development (with David Ammons).  Public Management (PM), vol. 93, no. 5, June 2011.

Small Towns, Big Ideas: Local Ingredients for Innovation in Rural Economic Development (with Will Lambe).  Rural Research Report (Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs), vol. 21, no. 3, Winter 2010.

The Role of Local Government in Economic Development: Survey Findings from North Carolina.  Special Report published by the UNC School of Government, 2009.

Find a Way or Make One: Lessons Learned from Case Studies of Small Town Economic Development (with Will Lambe). Economic Development Journal, vol. 8, no. 3, 2009.

Homegrown Responses to Economic Uncertainty in Rural America (with Will Lambe and Allan Freyer). Rural Realities, vol. 3, no. 2, 2009.

Using Economic Development Incentives: For Better or for Worse.  Popular Government, vol. 74, no. 2, 2009, 14 pages.

Questions about Tax Increment Financing in North Carolina (with Joseph Blocher). Community and Economic Development (CED) Bulletin, No. 5, August 2008.

Clusters and Competitive Advantage: Finding a Niche in the New EconomyPopular Government, Spring/Summer 2004, vol. 69, no. 3.

Legislative Action in Community and Economic Development (with Anita Brown-Graham). Community and Economic Development Bulletin, No. 2, 2004.

Refereed Academic Articles

Governance, Policy Innovation, and Local Economic Development in North Carolina. 2010.  Policy Studies Journal vol. 38, no. 4: 679-702.

The Relationship between Industry Clusters and Metropolitan Economic Growth and Equality.  2007.  International Journal of Economic Development 9(4): 307-375.

Fields of Expertise
Economic Development
Public Administration
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