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Community and Regional Planning Faculty and Staff

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Program Director


Office Support Staff

Academic Advisor

Graduate Coordinator



Associate Professor

Biswa Das

Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning
Extension Specialist, Community and Regional Planning
Extension Specialist, Extension

Mailing Address

Community and Regional Planning Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-7003
Office: 592 Design


PhD, Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University
MPhil, Economics, University of Hyderabad, India
MA, Economics, University of Hyderabad, India
BA, Economics, Utkal University, Orissa, India

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Research Interests

Delivers outreach programs relating to local government finance for Iowa communities. Provides assistance to Iowa communities as part of a multidisciplinary collaborative in areas of community and economic development. Broad research focus is in the areas of: community and regional economics, public finance, natural resource and environmental economics. 

Current Projects

1. Workforce Attraction and Housing Needs Assessment Study,” U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, B. Das, G. Taylor, L. Eathington and N. Ladjahasan, 6 Northeast Iowa Counties

2. Iowa Government Finance Initiative: Customized Annual Fiscal Conditions Reports for 945 Iowa Cities and 99 Counties

3. IGFI Annual Debt Analysis Reports, 945 Iowa cities

4. IGFI Annual Workshops, 2019 (upcoming)

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