Clarence Tow Lecture in Economics: Phil Smith

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"Principles and Priorities" is an interactive exercise in which participants learn how challenging it can be to assemble a federal budget.

Topics covered:

  • Government discretionary spending
  • Health care policy
  • Tax policy
  • Defense spending
  • Social Security

Phil Smith is the National Field Director at the Concord Coalition and has more than two decades of experience at this organization. He helped conduct countless seminars, congressional and presidential town hall meetings, and public policy initiatives.

He has traveled to all 50 states, delivering speeches to a range of political and civic organizations, colleges, universities, and financial planning groups. He works extensively with the media including appearances on most major television and radio networks. In addition to his career at the Concord Coalition, Phil served as the Chief Operating Officer for two state government agencies in Georgia: The Department of Community Affairs and the Technical College System of Georgia. He also served on the Washington staff of the late US Representative Doug Barnard, and the state capitol staff of several state representatives and senators in Atlanta.

Phil received gubernatorial appointments to the boards of directors of the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Children and Youth Coordinating Council. He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Atlanta where he currently serves as an officer on the board of trustees. He is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Georgia where he also served on their board of trustees. In 2005, Phil was chosen as one of the top “40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He is the Past President of the downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club, one of the oldest and largest civic clubs in the country.

The Concord Coalition is nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy. Founded in 1992, the coalition’s nonpartisan mission is to encourage fiscal responsibility and help educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt.

Thursday, April 4, 2024 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Pappajohn Business Building
21 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
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