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CLOSUP survey on rise of placemaking as an economic development tool covered by multiple news outlets

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The latest Center for Local State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) poll on the increased use of placemaking as a community and economic development strategy by Michigan municipalities received coverage in a variety of news outlets, including two articles in MLive, the Michigan Municipal League's blog, and the Tony Conley Morning Show.

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Placemaking rises as economic development tool

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

More than a third of local jurisdictions reported using "placemaking" as an economic development strategy in 2013, up from 21 percent in 2009, according to the latest Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy poll.

Placemaking is a community and economic development strategy that attempts to capitalize on local assets to create appealing and unique places where people want to live, work and play.

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The Ford School welcomes Ambassador Richard Boucher as Winter 2014 Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Ford School community is delighted to welcome Ambassador Richard Boucher as the Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence during Winter 2014.

The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence program (T-PMR) was established in 2002 to bring individuals with significant national and/or international policymaking experience to campus to interact with students and faculty. The T-PMR program enhances our curriculum and strengthens our ties to the policy community.

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Ford School's National Poverty Center hosts major event on anniversary of LBJ's 'War on Poverty'

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 8, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's declaration of "unconditional War on Poverty." Yet 15 percent of Americans live in poverty today, and no presidential administration or Congress since the Johnson era has made fighting poverty a top priority.

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Master's application deadline extended

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Due to technical difficulties the University of Michigan experienced on January 15, the Ford School is extending the Fall 2014 master's application deadline through Friday, January 17, 2014. The Ford School Admissions Team looks forward to reviewing your application!

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Students tackle Great Lakes policy challenges in Integrated Policy Exercise

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Now in its 14th year, the Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) has become a signature component of the Ford School master's program. For three days during the first week of January, MPP and MPA students play stakeholders in in a large-scale and continually evolving simulation of a real policy issue. The exercise allows students to experience first-hand the complexity of policymaking, hone analytic and negotiating skills, and interact with policy experts.

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The Real Problem with Citizens United: Campaign Finance, Dark Money, and Shadow Parties

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Few cases have generated as much controversy as Citizens United. The story told by reformers and reporters is that Citizens United ushered in a new era of dark money, with wealthy corporations spending wildly, saturating the airwaves, and taking over American politics. Most of that story is wrong, and some of it is nonsense. There is a bigger story about the relationship between Citizens United and American politics; it's just not the one we've been told.

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Alumni Board Members Elected to Serve January 1, 2014-December 31, 2016

Friday, December 20, 2013

This past fall, Ford School alumni elected six of their peers to serve on the Alumni Board. Those elected to serve from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016 are Peter Fritz (MPP/MBA '10), Keith Fudge (MPP '09), Tres Fuller (BA '10), Catherine Lomax (MPP '01), Jomo Thorne (MPP/MBA '08), and Paul Weech (MPP '81).

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Collins says Carmen Iezzi Mezzera will be a "strong advocate for international affairs education" as APSIA executive director

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) announced the appointment of Carmen Iezzi Mezzera as its new executive director after a search led by Dean Susan M. Collins, current APSIA president.

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MPPS Report: One year after right-to-work legislation was enacted, local leaders have mixed views on the law change

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A new survey conducted by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy found that many local government leaders do not see right-to-work as a game-changer for their jurisdictions.

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The People's House - Gerald Ford's congressional legacy

Monday, December 16, 2013

Before Nixon's fall, before Agnew's fall, Gerald R. Ford spent 25 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. But while everyone remembers his presidency, and the "extraordinary circumstances" under which he assumed the post, too few recall the influential role he played as a moderate Republican in Congress.

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Sausage-making for charity - Student-led auction wins Forever Go Blue award

Monday, December 16, 2013

Want to learn to curse in Bulgarian? Experience mixing, grinding, and stuffing your own sausages before you launch your career in DC? Challenge your school's dean to a game of Whirly Ball? Enjoy a momofuku-style Bo Ssam dinner with six of your closest friends? Just attend the Ford School's annual Charity Auction.

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Ford School 100: centennial stories

Monday, December 16, 2013

The launch of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in 1946 was a turning point for the school now known as the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Originally established in 1914 to prepare graduates for careers in municipal government, the IPA was designed to prepare graduates for careers at the state level, and to serve the rising demand for well-trained public administrators—a demand brought on by the close of WWII and the growth of American cities.

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Our next century

Monday, December 16, 2013

As the University launches a major fundraising initiative, "Victors for Michigan," State & Hill speaks with the co-chairs of the Ford School's campaign, Jim Hudak (MPP '71) and Jim Hackett (BGS '77).

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Wolfers and McIntyre featured in roundup of most important economic stories of 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ford School professor Justin Wolfers and current masters student Adrianna McIntyre (MPP/MPH '15) among 43 economists, journalists, and think-tankers asked by The Atlantic to select charts they think best represent the year in economics.

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Online ordering now available for Ford School apparel

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Like to surf the web? Online ordering for a select number of Ford School Spirit Store items is now available via Michigan-based Underground Printing. Orders can be placed online through December 8 and all items will be shipped in time for the holidays.

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Where in the world do Ford School grads work?

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Ford School MPP prepares graduates for careers in domestic and international affairs across a wide range of policy areas. Visit our interactive map to read profiles of MPP alums working around the world.

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2014 Ford School MPA/MPP resume books now available electronically

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Employers can now request the resumes of Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration students to find candidates for 2014 summer internships and full-time job openings. The books include updated resumes from all current Ford School master's students and are indexed by career interest, policy area, and language skills. The books are a valuable resource for identifying candidates who best fit the needs of an organization.

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MPPS report: local leaders say unions again made most of the concessions in contract negotiations

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Local government leaders in Michigan report their employees' unions made more concessions in negotiations this year than the jurisdictions did, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Ford School launches alumni-in-residence program

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations have launched an alumni-in-residence program where graduates spend a half-day at the Ford School providing professional development support for students through resume reviews, mock interviews, career conversations, and/or office hours.

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