Richard Funderburg


Richard Funderburg

Richard Funderburg is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and a visiting expert at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, where he is working on the Business Taxation Project. He earned his Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Funderburg also holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to his doctoral studies, Rick worked 10 years for the California Employment Development Department where he developed state plans, forecasts, budgets, legislation, and regulations pursuant to workforce investment, vocational education, and welfare-to-work programs. Professor Funderburg’s research centers on the ability and limitations of state and local economic development policy to entice private businesses to locate, start up, or expand within the region and the fiscal and budget consequences of public efforts. His research appears in several regional science and planning journals including the Journal of Regional Science, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Urban Studies, Transportation Research A, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Growth and Change, and Land Use Policy. Rick teaches public budgeting and finance, community planning and policy, information for decision making, and doctoral seminars in the DPA program. Dr. Funderburg is actively engaged in the local community, where he serves as a commissioner on the Village of Chatham Planning Commission. Professor Funderburg also contributes to the cost-benefit analysis workgroup that reports to the Illinois state Budgeting for Results Commission. Rick Funderburg was recently featured on WalletHub’s website for his expertise in evaluating returns on investment from taxes.


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