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Michael T. Childress, Research Associate for the Center for Business and Economic Research at the UK Gatton College of Business

Mr. Childress received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1984 and an M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1986—both in political science. From 1988 to 1993, he was an analyst at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. While at RAND, he authored numerous studies on topics ranging from demographic trends in the third world to the implications of declining budgets for the U.S. Army. In August of 1993, he became the first executive director of the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center. Mr. Childress oversaw the Center's numerous research activities and authored reports on the future of tobacco, entrepreneurism, child care, technology use, electronic commerce, state and local taxation, immigration, health, and transportation. He currently works with CBER, which "has a long history of conducting applied economic studies and is the leading source of information on the Kentucky economy."

His interest in the Martin School is both professional and personal.  He has worked with Martin School faculty to help inform policymakers about state and local public finance trends—producing a report on the topic, Financing State and Local Government: Future Challenges and Opportunities (2001), as well as a statewide conference.  On a personal level, his sister Tracy graduated from the Martin School in 2005 with her MHA and now works as a hospital administrator.