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State & Hill

It’s all about equity

Apr 24, 2024
The Biden administration wants electric vehicles (EVs) to comprise fifty percent of new vehicle sales in just six years. This has required massive investment in our charging infrastructure. And charging is not the only issue raised by the...
State & Hill

Piloting guaranteed income in U-M’s backyard

Dec 12, 2023
U-M researchers play role in reimagining social safety net in Ann Arbor and beyond For the nearly three decades Kristin Seefeldt (MPP ’96, PhD ’10) has lived and worked in Ann Arbor, her professional life studying and teaching about poverty...
State & Hill

Letter from Dean Watkins-Hayes

Dec 10, 2023
Warm greetings from Ann Arbor, where the first snow of the year has blanketed the campus. We’re enjoying the football team’s win over Ohio State—the 1,001st victory in Michigan’s history. (Our own Gerald Ford was part of sixteen of those wins...

Lewis on the future of climate resilience in “haven” cities

Nov 2, 2023
Ann Arbor and other cities across the Midwest and Northeast have been referred to by climate specialists as “climate havens,” natural areas of refuge that are relatively safe from extreme weather events such as intense heat and tropical storms. Many...
In the Media

Kleinman on safe Ann Arbor streets

Sep 8, 2023 WEMU
Molly Kleinman, WEMU: Molly Kleinman is a member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Commission. "As it turns out, people want to live on streets that are safe and where they are not experiencing cars flying down them all day." Kleinman says by...

CLOSUP hosts Ann Arbor mayoral candidates

Apr 18, 2014
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) hosted the four declared candidates in Ann Arbor's mayoral race on Wednesday, April 16. The forum focused on the future of public transportation and prospects for economic development of Ann...

NPR explores defining moment in the life of the young Gerald Ford

Jul 14, 2013
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gerald Ford, Don Gonyea of NPR's "All Things Considered" examines an incident at the U-M in 1934. Ford was a student and football player at the time, and the incident—and its outcome—not only reveals...
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Lech Wałęsa: Russia's war on Ukraine and its global impact

Sep 13, 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Rackham Building, 4th Floor Ampitheatre
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of Poland visits the University of Michigan to speak on the global impact of Russia's war on Ukraine.
CLOSUP Lecture Series

Ann Arbor City Council Candidates Debate

Apr 13, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Students of PUBPOL 456/756 invite the public to join them for a debate featuring city council candidates from the following wards
CLOSUP Lecture Series

Ann Arbor 2014 Mayoral Candidates Town Hall

Apr 16, 2014, 1:15-2:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
The event is free and open to the public. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the event video. About the event The students of Ford School's Public Policy 456/756 class, along with their instructor and current Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, have organized a Town Hall gathering of the four Ann Arbor 2014 Mayoral candidates to take place on Wednesday April 16 from 1:10pm-2:30pm in Annenberg Auditorium of the Gerald R.
Ford School
Program in Practical Policy Projects

Locating Affordable Housing

January 2019 - April 2019
The student team assisted the community partners to make the case for development of affordable housing.  They also helped determine which parcels might be most feasible and/or best suited for this sort of development, allowing the partners to prioritize which parcels are recommended to City Council for affordable housing or mixed-income...
Program in Practical Policy Projects

Policy Analysis of Municipal Legalization Experiences

January 2019 - April 2019
This project focused on the preparation for the introduction of legalized marijuana into the city of Ann Arbor. It was in partnership with the City of Ann Arbor and Mayor Christopher Taylor. Student was responsible for identifying peer communities in states that have recently legalized marijuana and for conducting research on their experiences. The student was also responsible for utilizing interviews, web searches and surveys and policy research to develop requested...
Program in Practical Policy Projects

Responsive Budgeting

September 2019 - December 2018
The Ann Arbor City Council asked the city’s CFO to recommend a new approach to the city’s budgeting process that would better engage citizens and produce a budget that is more responsive to their preferences. Students conducted research on best practices in peer communities, interviewed key informants and stakeholders, and made recommendations to the...