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From Mayor Mike Duggan's bio:
Mike Duggan was elected as Detroit’s new Mayor on November 5, 2013 and took office on January 1, 2014. As Mayor, he will govern the city of his birth and where he spent the previous 32 years of his career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most vexing issues. While Mayor Duggan was elected largely on his track record of leading successful large-scale financial and operational turnarounds, Detroiters responded strongly to his deep love for the city, which can be seen in his work over the years. During his career he has taken on challenges and untangled problems that directly impact the quality of life of Detroiters, including access to health care, public transportation, crime, blight, expanding recreational opportunities in the city, job creation and more.
For more information about Mayor Duggan and the City of Detroit, visit: http://www.detroitmi.gov/DepartmentsandAgencies/MayorsOffice/AboutMayor…
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) conducts, supports and fosters applied academic research to inform local, state, and urban policy issues. The Center is housed within the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, at the University of Michigan. CLOSUP functions as an information resource for policymakers and practitioners, academics, students, the media, and the public. The Center works to foster effective communication between academic researchers, stakeholders, and the policymakers dealing with today's state, local, and urban policy problems. The Center also facilitates student learning and engagement with today’s critical policy issues.
For more information about CLOSUP, visit: http://www.closup.umich.edu/
The central mission of the Education Policy Initiative (EPI) is to engage in applied education policy research. The Education Policy Initiative is a program within the Ford School that brings together nationally-recognized education policy scholars focused on the generation and dissemination of policy-relevant education research. The primary goals of the initiative are to:
· Conduct rigorous research to inform education policy debates in Michigan and nationwide
· Disseminate best practices in education reform to local, state, and national policymakers, as well as to educational practitioners, parents, and students
· Train graduate students and others to conduct cutting-edge research in education
· Facilitate interactions between students and faculty from different schools and/or departments who share an interest in education reform
For more information about EPI, visit: http://www.edpolicy.umich.edu/