Student work featured in episode of Out of the Blue

January 25, 2011

Professor Liz Gerber and students from the fall 2010 Applied Policy Seminar (now called Strategic Public Policy Consulting or SPPC) hit national airwaves as their work was featured on Out of the Blue, a University of Michigan-produced television show that airs on the Big Ten Network and online at

The episode describes a policy project the students conducted in Lenawee County, Michigan. Gerber and her students partnered with One Lenawee, a group of business and civic leaders from the county, to survey local governments, catalog public facilities, and forecast cost savings under various collaboration scenarios. Students collected data from 24 of Lenawee County's 34 municipalities to help identify opportunities for cost-savings and efficiency gains through shared or combined municipal service provision.

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