MPA@UNC Blog


Raleigh Planners Keep Growth Engine Tuned

The planning and economic development departments within the Raleigh government have successfully catapulted the city into national rankings for growth and economics...

City Planning Profiles: Raleigh

Below, Bowers discusses the factors that make Raleigh one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, how the public and digital media play a role in city planning and how the Raleigh of today compares to the Raleigh of 10-15 years ago...

Why Millennials Are Invaluable to the Public Sector

By the year 2020, millennials will make up almost half of the U.S. workforce. According to The Washington Post, workers younger than 30 make up only 7 percent of the total federal workforce. A survey by Cornerstone OnDemand and WBR Digital reveals that 78 percent of human capital executives admit that they are not effectively training successors...

TRUE CAROLINA BLUE: Matthew Osterhoudt

Matthew Osterhoudt’s passion for public service was inspired by his upbringing in a US Navy family. He grew up along the coasts of Virginia, California, and Hawaii before landing in North Carolina for college...

MPA@UNC’s First Cohort Graduation

On May 9 I had the pleasure of watching the first MPA@UNC cohort take part in the UNC School of Government’s graduation ceremony in Chapel Hill. Eight online students graduated between December 2014 and May 2015, and seven of them traveled to Chapel Hill from all parts of the United States with their families in order to participate in the ceremony...

The Keys to Safer, Bike-Friendlier Communities

When tens of thousands of experienced and not-so-experienced bicyclists hit the nation’s roads this May to celebrate National Bike Month, will they return home safely? The answer depends largely on local policy and planning decisions years in the making. Let’s take a look at what public and nonprofit leaders in large and small communities can learn from three of the bike-friendliest cities in the United States...