The north bayshore located northeast of highway 101 in Mountain View has experienced tremendous economic growth since the mid 1970's. The area has seen major tech companies come and go at various stages of growth. Recent growth by large companies like Google have challenged local government officials in how to respond to changing market conditions to provide infrastructure, transportation, and zoning. Over lunch, Dr. Means will discuss the challenges public officials face to accommodate the changing technology and products along with the changing workforce.
Tom Means currently serves as Director of the Council for Economic Education at San Jose State University. A faculty member at San Jose State University since 1981, he teaches graduate seminars in microeconomics, econometrics, and managerial economics. His research on the output of local government services has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at numerous national conferences. He completed his Ph.D. at U.C.L.A in 1983 where he studied Labor Economics, Public Finance, Econometrics and Business Forecasting. As a research assistant he worked on several state and national forecasting models. Dr. Means' background brings a unique blend of theoretical and applied econometric and forecasting experience to the classroom.
Dr. Means served as Mayor of Mountain View in 2008 and is currently on the city council. His current research focuses on land use issues such as inclusionary zoning and fiscal impact analysis.