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Leisha DeHart-Davis Selected as Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

June 21, 2016

Faculty member Leisha DeHart-Davis has been selected as a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar (FES), a distinction that will support her work on the Local Government Workplaces Project.



Faculty Member Whitney Afonso Selected for Top Publication Award

June 21, 2016

Faculty member Whitney Afonso has been recognized by Public Budgeting & Finance with its Jesse Burkhead Award. Her article, “Leviathan or Flypaper: Earmarked Local Sales Taxes for Transportation,” was selected as the journal’s top article in 2015.



Frayda Bluestein, Tom Ross Receive NC Bar Association Awards

May 23, 2016

In May, faculty member Frayda Bluestein received the Grainger Barrett Award for Excellence from the North Carolina Bar Association Government and Public Sector Section. This award honors outstanding North Carolina government or public sector attorneys for their excellence, dedication, and passion for justice. 



Local Government That Clicks

May 5, 2016

This article was first published in Public Management (PM) Magazine through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in Washington, DC. John B. Stephens. 2016. “Local Government That Clicks: Free Apps + Skilled Civic Tech Volunteers,” Public Management  98:4, 16-19.

Free Apps + Skilled Civic Tech Volunteers

by John Stephens



Hometown Police Chief Goes Back to School

April 26, 2016

Every September, the UNC School of Government hosts North Carolina’s public officials to help them learn about all of the functions of local government beyond their own specialties.



School's Budget Simulation Wins National Innovation Award

April 11, 2016

The School of Government was awarded the Public Service Innovation Award by the Consortium of University Public Service Organizations (CUPSO) for a local government budget simulation, Budgetopolis. CUPSO invited participating university programs to submit a pitch for innovative projects or programs that provide new solutions to existing public service problems or needs not currently being adequately addressed.



EPA to Provide UNC EFC $500K to Help 10 Communities with Water Infrastructure Development

March 28, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided $500,000 in funding to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‘s Environmental Finance Center (EFC) to assist communities addressing water infrastructure challenges. The funding also goes to partner organization, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico.



Faculty Member Maureen Berner Challenges TEDx Audience to Find Solution for Childhood Hunger

March 24, 2016

On February 20, 2016, Maureen Berner addresssed an audience of 2,000 at TEDx WakeForestU. She challenged the audience to think of cihldhood hunger as a local economic development opportunity.



UNC EFC Awarded Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Grant to Support Programs in Rural North Carolina

March 17, 2016

Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation have awarded a grant to the Environmental Finance Center at the UNC School of Government to work in partnership with the North Carolina On-Bill Working Group to provide education, support, and other resources to rural cooperative utilities to expand energy efficiency opportunities across the state.



Carolina MPA Program Ranked Among Best Graduate Schools in the Country

March 16, 2016

Once again, the School of Government's Master of Public Administration program has ranked among the top 25 programs in the country according to US News and World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate School Rankings.



Faculty Member John Rubin Honored by NC Commission on Indigent Defense Services

March 4, 2016

Faculty member John Rubin was recently honored by the North Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense Services (IDS), which has created a new training award in his name.



Faculty Member Jeff Welty Advises Caution When Implementing Police Body Camera Initiatives

February 5, 2016

In a February 3 op-ed for The News & Observer, faculty member Jeffrey Welty urged law enforcement to balance privacy, transparency, and other issues when implementing police body camera programs. 

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