Elisabeth R. Gerber, MPP students cited in articles about proposed Macomb County task force

February 16, 2011

Research by MPP students in Elisabeth R. Gerber's Applied Policy Seminar was cited in multiple press reports about a new Macomb County task force. The task force will work to promote and expand Macomb County's already significant share of economic activity related to the defense industry.

"This U of M study confirms what we have always believed … Macomb County is the Defense Capitol of the Midwest," Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said in a statement. "Nearly two-thirds of all defense contracts awarded in Michigan go to Macomb County firms. We plan to build on this successful foundation and use it as a core economic development strategy for the future."

The Applied Policy Seminar, now called Strategic Public Policy Consulting or SPPC, enables Ford School MPP students to serve as consultants to real-world policy organizations, developing key professional skills as they tackle significant policy challenges in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. Past clients have included One Lenawee and Amnesty International USA.

Read the articles:

- Crain's Detroit Business
- Detroit Free Press
- Detroit News