Six Sponsors Committed to Supporting the Public Policy Challenge

Thu, 2010-12-02 13:08

The 2nd Annual Public Policy Challenge is off to a fantastic start this year, after a total of 51 participants and 6 sponsors have signed on to the competition.

Selected from a large pool of highly-qualified individuals, the chosen participants this year represent diverse backgrounds and skill sets, not to mention schools at Penn (and other parts of Philadelphia). Wharton, Penn Law, Penn Design, Fels, the School of Social Policy and Practice, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and even Bryn Mawr College are represented among this year’s teams. Members also come to us with varying levels of expertise on different subjects: some are former Peace Corps members; others have worked in the private and public sectors as educators, financiers, designers, and entrepreneurs, among other backgrounds.

The Challenge’s 10 teams (ranging from 4 to 6 members each) were grouped based on policy interests and essays, and include focus areas like transportation, food access, public education, and fiscal reform, as well as several others. This is an exciting time to participate: a total of six sponsors have given their support to the Challenge, including Campus Philly, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation, Ross Associates Inc., the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, S.R. Wojdak & Associates, and Ceisler Media & Advocacy. Support from these well-respected local institutions means that they believe our work can help to make a difference in this vibrant and historic region. They will make the winning team’s $5,000 prize, and the potential for that team’s project to become reality, possible.

The Public Policy Challenge Meet-and-Greet event for teams, Fels staff, and last year’s participants will be held on Monday, December 6th at 6 pm at the City Tap House located at 3925 Walnut Street. Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green, Campus Philly President and CEO Deborah Diamond, and board members from Young Involved Philadelphia will be addressing the group on the importance of student engagement in the Greater Philadelphia community. We are also excited to announce that Executive Editor Janine White of Philadelphia Magazine, as well as Dave Langlieb of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation will talk to teams about “How to Get Things Done in Philadelphia” during the Challenge’s 1st workshop to be held in late January.