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Weekly News Roundup: February 2 – 8

So the county granted initial approval for a large residential subdivision. Now, after completing some (but not all) of the roads and infrastructure, the developer wants final plat approval so she can close on the first round of lot sales...

Toni Griffin: A New Vision for Rebuilding Detroit

Chicago, Newark, and Detroit are all cities in crisis that architect and urban planner Toni Griffin has been asked to help. In this TED Talk, she describes her role in formulating the Detroit Future City (DFC) strategic framework and highlights the work of urban planners. Although they don’t have the power to save cities, urban planners can play an important role in determining their future...

5 Things to Know About the $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

 

On January 16, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the federal government until October 2014. President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday, January 17. According to Politico, the spending bill includes funding to implement new health care and financial services laws, an increase to the Pentagon’s core budget, and more funding for the Head Start early learning program and veterans’ medical care...

Andreas Raptopoulos: No Roads? There’s a Drone for That

In early December, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos scored what many saw as a publicity coup by announcing that his company is working on a plan to transport merchandise with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—more commonly referred to as drones. Although Bezos isn’t ready to say when customers can expect to see their books delivered by drones, entrepreneur Andreas Raptopoulos is actively working with UAVs as the foundation for a new kind of transportation system for communities in developing countries that lack all-weather roads...

Is Ride Sharing the Future of Transportation?

Vehicle sharing is gaining traction in cities across the United States. Many consumers are discovering that vehicle sharing makes it easier to skip taxis, forgo public transportation, and avoid car ownership while enjoying the short-term benefits of a private car. Vehicle sharing is a cost-effective transportation option that also benefits the environment...

Career Management with Elisabeth: 8 Ways to Take Charge of Your Career in 2014

We’re excited to introduce a new feature on our blog “Career Management” with Elisabeth Zimowski, the MPA@UNC career services director. Each month, Elisabeth will share career management advice for professionals looking to change or advance their careers...