Fels Institute of Government to host inaugural National Invitational Public Policy Challenge


WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

WHERE: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA

INFO: For additional information, visit www.fels.upenn.edu/national-competition.

Admission is free to the public.  

WHAT: The National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, presented in celebration of Fels’ 75th anniversary year, is a student-led, public policy competition for undergraduate and graduate students from invited universities across the country. Each team will present a comprehensive policy proposal and civic campaign to address an issue specific to their university’s community, with topics including education, the environment, and health care.
The winner of the national competition will receive a $15,000 prize—$7,500 for team members and $7,500 to put their proposal into action. The National Invitational Public Policy Challenge is presented by Deloitte Consulting Group with Governing magazine serving as a National Media Partner and with major support from The Knight Foundation.  Additional support was provided by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, and Dr. G. Geoffrey and Mrs. Loredana Cromarty.
The team representing the University of Pennsylvania was selected the winner out of five teams comprised of Penn students at the third annual Penn Public Policy Challenge on April 1. This event is one of many marking Fels’ 75th anniversary, with a full schedule of events and programs continuing throughout the year (www.fels.upenn.edu/75).
Participating teams have been organized by:

  • Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
  • Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania
  • Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University

Judges for the Challenge have been named from among Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year, including:

  • John Chichester, Former State Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Virginia
  • Wanda Gibson, Director of the Information Technology Department, Virginia
  • Parris N. Glendening, Former Governor, Maryland
  • Bill Leighty, Former Chief of Staff to Former Gov. Mark Warner & Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia
  • Ron Sims, County Executive, King County, Washington

About the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania The Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to advancing the quality of public leadership.  It accomplishes its mission by offering focused, practical educational programs that prepare students for public sector work; providing research and consulting services that improve the performance of organizations that serve the public; and bridging the worlds of practice and possibility through conferences, lectures, and discussions about public issues and public problem-solving. For more information, please visit www.fels.upenn.edu.

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