The development authority’s mission is to expand and diversify the tax base, spur job growth and retain businesses.
It offers a number of economic tools to do so, including issuing bonds to economic development projects and tax credits.
If appointed, Carstarphen would bring the school district's interests to the development authority.
Earlier this month, the school board unanimously approved its legislative priorities for the upcoming year, including a goal to "protect" the APS property tax base.
The school board’s priorities include restricting tax abatements by the development authority “to those projects that would not be developed otherwise” as well as a desire to “formalize” an APS “voice” on the development authority.