Heartland Events

Travis H. Brown: How Money Walks

The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740
Chicago, Illinois 60604
October 24, 2013, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Between 1995 and 2010, millions of Americans moved between the states, taking with them over $2 trillion in adjusted gross incomes. Two trillion dollars is equivalent to the GDP of California, the ninth largest in the world. It’s a lot of money.

Some states, like Florida, saw tremendous gains ($86.4 billion), while others, like New York, experienced massive losses ($58.6 billion). People moved, and they took their working wealth with them. The question is, why? Why did Americans move so much of their income from state to state? Which states benefitted and which states suffered? And why does it matter?

Travis H. Brown, explained all that in a dynamic, interactive presenation at a Heartland Institution Authors Series lunchon about his best-selling book How Money Walks.

About the author:

Travis H. Brown is the CEO and co-founder of Pelopidas, LLC, a St. Louis-based public affairs and advocacy firm. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes.com, a nationally sought-after speaker, and the author of How Money Walks, a book that explores how wealth and people move between the states. Brown regularly discusses the book’s findings on national media outlets, including CNBC and Fox Business.

Brown has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He has two decades of state and local lobbying experience and has worked in one-third of the 50 states. After a diverse career in corporate sales, marketing, and government affairs, Brown co-founded Pelopidas LLC in 2007.

Brown is a leading advocate for state tax reform within and beyond the Midwest. He regularly consults with governors, legislators, and think-tank scholars about issues related to income tax reform.

Brown lives in St. Louis with his wife, Pelopidas co-founder Rachel Keller Brown. He is an avid sportsman, pilot, wine collector, chess enthusiast, and world traveler.

Follow him on Twitter here and here.

Video of his presentation in Heartland's library will be available soon.