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Extra Credit Assignment and Consulting Assignment

Extra Credit Assignment Instructions: Read the two articles attached on this page and write a two-page letter to the editor that examines the relationship and changing role between private business firms and the government. The paper should be based in part on the two articles are provided.  You may also include a discussion of the current healthcare debate if you wish.    The number of points will be determined by the instructor at the end of the term.   Your submission should be in a Word Document format.  Title the file with your last name “, ” first name Extra Credit.  Again, you will use the Submit Assignment button on the right of this page to attach your file.  FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS PARAGRAPH AND ATTACH THE FILE TO YOUR SUBMISSION.   Please post any questions or issues concerning this assignment into the discussion forum for this module.   The two articles listed below are attached in documents:  The two articles are: 1.  Government Behind the Wheel.pdf  download 2.  Analysis of Financial Services Bailout.pdf  Consulting Instructions:  Part A: Consultant   You are employed as a consultant for a city that is investigating the possibility of building a convention center to attract tourists. Provide your recommendation to the mayor’s office regarding the construction of the center. (One recommended source for your work is a report by Professor Heywood Sanders, produced for the Brookings Institute. The report contains information about the demand for conventions and the supply of convention centers and is provided as a link below.)  I have also included some additional references to assist you with this project. You are required to find two additional sources to use in your analysis.  Conflicting sources are also acceptable so long as they use sound economics in the analysis.    Students are required to submit a one-page executive summary with a recommendation for or against the project and you must defend your decision using economic arguments/data.  A single page forces students to be concise and to think clearly about what they want to say. Use the tools that you have learned in the course for full credit (opportunity cost for example).   Students may not submit more than the one-page executive summary.  References should be listed on a separate page.    Part B: City Mayor   You are the Mayor of the city who is tasked with the job of conveying the final decision on the convention center project to residents and stakeholders. You must discuss both the decision itself and the justification for the decision.  Utilizing evidence and data provided by the consultant, a successful communiqué should be informative and persuasive such that residents and stakeholders ultimately support the policy decision.   For this portion of the assignment, students are required to submit a one-page press release. Students may not submit more than one page.        Note: Your submission should be no longer than three pages – one page for the consultant’s executive summary, a reference page, and the one-page press release.  Links below are attached here and Sanders – Convention Center Supply & Demand is in the documents section:  Resources: 1.  Sanders–Convention Center Supply and Demand Economics 650.pdf 2. The Answer is Always Yes  (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site.  – a 2005 article from 3. Why Birmingham Shouldn’t Build a New Arena  (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site.  – a 2014 article from the Birmingham Business Journal  Links: