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David Swindell

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Associate Professor & Director, Center for Urban Innovation
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Profsr
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Director & Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Dir (ACD) and Asc Profsr
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Biography

David Swindell is the director of the Center for Urban Innovation and an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. His work focuses primarily on community and economic development, especially public financing of sports facilities, the contribution of sports facilities to the economic development of urban space, collaborative arrangements with public, private, and nonprofit organizations for service delivery, and citizen satisfaction and performance measurement standards for public management and decision making. His forthcoming book "American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions" (with co-authors Eric Heberlig and Suzanne Leland) arrives in 2017 from SUNY Press. His research has also been published in Public Administration Review, Social Science Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Urban Affairs, American Review of Public Administration, Public Productivity and Management Review, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Sports Management, Johnson’s "Minor League Baseball and Local Economic Development," Rosentraub’s "Major League Losers," and The Brooking Institution’s "Sports, Jobs, and Taxes." He has testified to federal, state, and local legislative bodies on a range of issues related to community and economic development.

Swindell’s other technical policy studies include alternative financing mechanisms for smart city investments, numerous citizen satisfaction survey reports, models for involving various nonprofits in urban service delivery, various public program evaluations, estimation methodologies for light rail ridership from special event generators, and business retention strategies for local governments.

Swindell is an advocate of the metropolitan mission concept through which the intellectual resources of the university are focused on developing new solutions to the challenges confronting citizens in urbanized areas. Before joining ASU, he served seven years as director of the interdisciplinary doctorate in public policy degree program at the University of North Carolina. Prior to that, he was director of the UNC-Charlotte Master of Public Administration program as well as master's of public adminstration director at Clemson University. Swindell received his doctorate in public policy from Indiana University.

Education

Ph.D. Public Policy, Indiana University

Publications
  • Swindell, David. Bibliographic Resources on Collaborative Service Delivery Arrangements. International City/County Management Association Center for Management Strategies Report (2014).
  • Swindell, David. Raza Development Fund and Promise Arizona Phase One Final Report. Center for Urban Innovation, Arizona State University Report (2014).
  • Swindell, David. The Collaborative Service Delivery Arrangements for Local Governments: A Summary of the Research Behind the Decision Matrix Tool. International City/County Management Association Center for Management Strategies Report (2014).
  • Swindell, David. The Collaborative Service Delivery Matrix: A Decision Tool to Assist Local Governments. International City/County Management Association Center for Management Strategies Report (2014).
  • Swindell, David and Cheryl Hilvert. Contemplating Collaboration. PM (Public Management magazine) (2014).
  • Swindell, David, Stephanie Gerretson, and Mark Rosentraub. The Jobs Are Back, but Where? Implications for How Best to Pay for Local Government Services. State and Local Government Review (2014).
  • Desouza, Kevin, David Swindell, Jonathan Koppell, and Kendra Smith. Smart Cities Financing Guide: Expert Analysis of 28 Municipal Finance Tools for City Leaders Investing in the Future. (2014).
  • Swindell, David and Karen Thoreson. Spreading Innovation. Municipal Year Book 2014 (2014).
  • Hilvert, Cheryl and David Swindell. (2013). Collaborative Service Delivery: What Every Local Government Manager Should Know. State and Local Government Review (2013).
  • Billings, Stephen, Suzanne Leland, and David Swindell. The Effects of the Announcement and Opening of Light Rail Transit Stations on Neighborhood Crime. Journal of Urban Affairs (2011).
  • Harlow, Karen, Laura Wilson, and David Swindell. Community Attachment, Social Capital and Older Volunteers: Building Multigenerational Bridges through Voluntary Action. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (2011).
  • Harlow, Karen, Laura Wilson, and David Swindell. Multigenerational Approaches to Civic Engagement: Findings from a Panel Study. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (2011).
  • Swindell, David. Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors Reapportionment Options: Report for the DART General Counsel. Independent contract report (2011).
  • Swindell, David. Economic Impact Projections for the Matthews Sportsplex and Associated Development: Results from a RIMS II input-Output Model. Independent contract report (2011).
  • Swindell, David. Integrating Citizens into Local Governing: How Much Democracy Can You Take?. PA Times (2011).
  • Swindell, David. Special Generator Survey: American Airlines Center Airport Survey Report. Independent contract report (2011).
  • Swindell, David. Special Generator Survey: Dallas Love Field Airport Survey Report. Independent contract report (2011).
  • Swindell, David. Special Generator Survey: Dallas Zoo Survey Report. Independent contract report (2011).
  • Campbell, Harrison S. and David Swindell. Sports Stadia and Arenas. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, vol. 15, Urbanization (2010).
  • Swindell, David. 2010 State Fair of Texas Attendees Light Rail and Bus Ridership Survey Report (Wave 5). Independent contract report (2010).
  • Swindell, David. Economic Impact Estimates for Prototype Vehicle Tiger II Grant Application. Independent contract report (2010).
  • Swindell, David, Elizabeth Wemlinger, Neena Banerjee, Maureen Walsh-Koricke, and Martha Alexander. Is Lifelong Learning Important to Older Volunteers. Policy White Paper (2010).
Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 509Public Affairs Capstone
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
PAF 509Public Affairs Capstone
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 509Public Affairs Capstone
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
PAF 509Public Affairs Capstone
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
PAF 509Public Affairs Capstone
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 509Public Affairs Capstone
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 501Public Service Research I
PAF 502Public Service Research II
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 502Public Service Research II
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 501Public Service Research I
PAF 502Public Service Research II
Presentations
  • Swindell, David. Capitalizing the "P" in Public Service Education. Joint Association of Public Policy and Management/Natl Assn of Schools of Public Affairs and Admin (Nov 2014).
  • Tai, Kuang-Ting and David Swindell. County-Level Effects on Patterns of Volunteerism. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (Nov 2014).
  • No, Won and David Swindell. The Effects of Changes in Life Circumstances on Dynamic Changes in Volunteerism Decisions. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, (Nov 2014).
  • Swindell, David and Joseph Cochran. Enough Already? Modeling the Supply and Demand for Nonprofit in U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (Nov 2014).
  • Swindell, David. "Service Delivery Collaborations: Are They Worth the Effort?" `. League of California Cities Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (Sep 2014).
  • Swindell, David and Cheryl Hilvert. "Collaboration Is All Well and Good, but Is It Right for Me?". International City/County Management Association 100th Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, September 1 (Sep 2014).
  • Swindell, David. "Spare a Dime? Innovative Financing for Urban Development.". USAID Frontiers in Development Conference. Washington, DC (Sep 2014).
  • Swindell, David. "Collaborative Local Service Delivery: Is It Worth the Hassle?". Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, Atlanta, GA (Sep 2014).
  • Swindell, David. "The Infrastructure Cliff.". League of Arizona Cities and Town Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ (Aug 2014).
  • Swindell, David. "On the Hunt for New Ideas and Continuous Improvement: Benchmarking in Local Government.". Arizona City/County Management Association Summer Conference, Marana, AZ (Jul 2014).
  • Swindell, David and Cheryl Hilvert. "Collaborative Service Delivery…Tools and Best Practices to Assist Your Efforts!". Transforming Local Government Pre-Conference Workshop, Denver, CO (Apr 2014).
  • Cochran, Joseph and David Swindell. "How Much Is Enough: Determining the Over- and Under-supply of Nonprofit Organizations in Metropolitan Areas.". Urban Affairs Association, San Antonio, TX (Mar 2014).
  • Swindell, David. "Collaborative Local Services: Overcoming Barriers to Working Together.". Urban Affairs Association, San Antonio, TX (Mar 2014).
  • Heberlig, Eric, Suzanne Leland, Mark Shields, and David Swindell. "Urban Enthusiasm for National Political Conventions: Evaluating Determinants of Bid Submittal and Success.". North Carolina Political Science Association Annual Meeting , Cary, North Carolina (Feb 2014).
  • Heberlig, Eric, Suzanne Leland, Mark Shields, and David Swindell. "Urban Enthusiasm for National Political Conventions: Evaluating Determinants of Bid Submittal and Success.". 85th Annual Conference of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA (Jan 2014).
  • Swindell, David. Sports in the New South. Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (Sep 2013).
  • Heberlig, Eric, Suzanne Leland, and David Swindell. What Every Public Administrator Should Know about Planning a Mega-Event: Lessons from the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (Sep 2013).
  • Swindell, David. Organizational Capacity of Neighborhood and Homeowner Associations. Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (Sep 2013).
  • Swindell, David. Reinventing Government: The Book’s Continuing Impact after 20 Years, and Its Message for Our Future. International City/County Managers Association Annual Conference (Sep 2013).
  • Heberlig, Eric, Suzanne Leland, and David Swindell. A Convention Effect in the New South? Evaluating Political Engagement and the Value of hosting the DNC in Charlotte. Midwest Political Science Association (Apr 2013).
  • Swindell, David. Can Grassroots Organizations Really Delivery Urban Services?. Urban Affairs Association (Apr 2013).
  • Swindell, David. Grassroots Organizations and the Delivery of Urban Services?. North Carolina Political Science Association (Feb 2013).
  • Swindell, David. The Changing Face of Charlotte. 51st Southern Regional Science Association Meeting (Mar 2012).
  • Swindell, David. Using Public Policy to Build Bridging Social Capital in Diverse Urban Communities. 1st Southern Regional Science Association Meeting (Mar 2012).
  • Swindell, David. Opportunities for Neighborhood-Level Governance in Urban Areas: Fantasies and Realities. merican Society of Public Administration Annual Meeting (Mar 2012).
  • Swindell, David and Joseph Cochran. Utilizing Public Data to Determine Demand and Opportunities for Consolidating Nonprofit Organizations. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Annual Conference (Nov 2011).
  • Swindell, David. Identifying the Effect of Membership Requirements on Organizational Effectiveness in Community Associations. Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (Sep 2011).
  • Swindell, David. Organizational Theory and the Effectiveness of Neighborhoods and Homeowner Associations in Delivering Collective Goods. Urban Affairs Association (Mar 2011).
  • Swindell, David. Can Organizational Theory Explain Neighborhood and Homeowner Association Effectiveness in Service Delivery?. Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management Research Conference (Nov 2010).
  • Swindell, David. Applying Organizational Theory to Voluntary Neighborhood and Homeowner Associations?. Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (Sep 2010).
  • Harlow-Rosentraub, Karen, David Swindell and Laura Wilson. Civic Engagement and Community Problem Solving: Older Volunteers as Natural Resources in Comparable US and EU Populations. Local Government in a Changing World: Jerusalem, Israel (Jul 2010).
Service
  • American Society of Public Administration Central Piedmont Chapter, Speaker (2012 - Present)
  • International Association of Business Communicators, Speaker (2012 - Present)
  • Big Ideas Conference, Alliance for Innovation, Santa Monica, California, Speaker (2013 - 2031)
  • Alliance for Innovation, Member, Board of Directors (2013 - 2018)
  • Center for Urban Innovation, Director (2013 - 2018)
  • Marvin Andrews Selection Committee, Member (2013 - 2018)
  • Valley Benchmark Cities, Member (2013 - 2018)
  • Organizing and coordinating 2015 Local Public Finance conference, Organizer (2014 - 2015)
  • ASU School of Public Affairs Search Committee for urban management position, Chair (2014 - 2015)
  • Media Spots, Guest (2014 - 2014)
  • Ad-Hoc Committee on the Place of "Urban" in the Future of the School of Public Affairs, Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • Organized and coordinated 2014 Local Public Finance conference, Organizer (2013 - 2014)
  • ASU School of Public Affairs Search Committee for three open positions in public administration, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • ASU School of Public Affairs Search Committee for three open positions in public administration, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • Multiple media spots (TV, Radio, Newspapers), Guest or interviewee (2010 - 2013)
  • Referee for multiple journals, Referee (1993 - 2013)
  • Catalyzing the Sun Corridor, Arizona State University, Oro Valley, Arizona, Speaker (2013 - 2013)
  • TEDx Talk: Improving Cities Through Better Government, Speaker (2013 - 2013)
  • 2013 Big Ideas Conference West Hollywood and Santa Monica, Organization committee (2013 - 2013)
  • 2013 Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, Member, Planning Committee (2012 - 2013)
  • Grand Opening Reception of the ASU California Center, Santa Monica California, Speaker (2013 - 2013)
  • 2013 Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, Program committee member (2012 - 2013)
  • Gateway Plaza Homeowners Association, Board member and Treasurer (2007 - 2013)
  • City of Charlotte Business Expansion Fund Corporation, Board Member and Secretary (2006 - 2013)
  • Public Administration and Mega Events: Lessons Learned from Hosting the DNC in Charlotte, Speaker (2012 - 2012)
  • Real Estate Trends: Urban Land Institute, Speaker (2012 - 2012)
  • North Carolina House Select Committee on Homeowners Associations, Expert Testamony (2011 - 2012)
  • UNC-Charlotte Quiz Bowl, Faculty Advisor (2006 - 2012)
  • Union County Neighborhood Leadership Conference, Keynote Speaker (2012 - 2012)
  • NASPAA Doctoral Programs Committee, Member (2006 - 2012)
  • UNC-Charlotte Ph.D. in Public Policy Program, Director (2005 - 2012)
  • UNC-Charlotte Graduate School Task Force on Program Director Training, Chair (2010 - 2012)
  • League of Women Voters Community Forum, Speaker (2012 - 2012)
  • UNC-Charlotte Political Science Department Search Committee for position in political economy, Chair (2011 - 2012)
  • UNC-Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Task Force on Graduate Assistantships, Chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Staff Parish Review Committee at First United Methodist Church. Charlotte, North Carolina (the HR committee), Mamber and chair (2009 - 2011)