Courtyard Convo

Courtyard Convo entries are provided by Fels students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Fels. Policy discussions in the Fels Courtyard often surround public management and public policy challenges.

Last week, Tom Molieri, current MPA student, and his brother Chris celebrated securing a 10,000-dollar loan for their coffee company, Green Street Coffee Roasters.

Their loan was made possible by Entrepreneur Works, a community development financial institution (CDFI) that helps small...

By Anthony Hollingworth, MPA ’05

This fall many of us will be waiting with baited breath and serious levels of excitement for the moment probably around 9pm Eastern Standard Time on November 6th when the national TV networks start to roll out their projected winners in the titanic battle...

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, the final five teams in the Public Policy Challenge had the opportunity to present their proposals to a panel of six Philadelphia leaders. Our sincere thanks to the judges for sharing their time and talent with...

In an announcement on Friday, Facebook said it is taking steps to prevent employers from getting access to the FB accounts of employees.  It’s the...

Pita Lacenski’s (MPA ’12) work as the Community Planning Project Director for Esperanza, Inc. was recently highlighted in a ...

On January 27th, local and state government officials and administrators converged on Penn’s campus to attend an important conference, Financial Stress in Governments: The Issues, Challenges & Politics of Moving Forward.

The conference was hosted by the Fels Institute of Government...

Eric Rabe, former Verizon Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, and head of Eric Rabe Communication Strategies, joined the Fels Institute of Government last spring to work closely with ...

By Anthony Hollingworth MPA ‘05

Contemporary web technologies are changing how government does business. Tools such as the ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter along with the myriad of new applications offer great opportunity to governments. The ability to connect directly...

In the age of social media (not to mention sports-talk radio) everyone knew within minutes that Penn State coach Joe Paterno is gone at the end of the season....

Hit with serious allegations of sexual misconduct on its campus, Penn State now faces tough decisions that could reward the loyalty of those accused or preserve the institution’s long-standing reputation for zero tolerance of wrongdoing. Which will it be?

By...