The Ford School’s inaugural Case Competition Showcase, to be held on November 21, will be the culmination of a 10-day consulting project. Teams consisting of three to five public policy students were required to register for the competition by November 5, with the competition itself lasting from November 6-16. They were tasked with developing innovative solutions to East Lansing’s parking difficulties. Each team was provided with an alumni mentor who has public sector experience, and participants met with East Lansing’s mayor, Nathan Triplett (MPP ’09). “I can’t wait to see the student’s results!” Tweeted Triplett.
“Mentors will help to guide students and push them to think about the different risks involved with the proposal, how those risks could be mitigated, to think about the gaps in their thinking that would ultimately be addressed by the city council when they are presenting their proposals just so they are ready and have thought about all the externalities,” said Bethany Patten in “Ford School competition to relieve parking woes,” written for the November 6 Michigan Daily.
The competition also comes with a major incentive: the team deemed to have the best solution will have the opportunity to present their plan to the East Lansing City Council. The showcase will begin at 12:30 p.m., on Friday, November 21, in 1210 Weill, and the Ford School community is invited to attend. For more information, follow the Case Competition on Twitter (@fordschoolcase) and use the competition’s hashtag (#casebusters).