This past month, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Gustavo Velasquez ('99) for the position of Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Velasquez most recently served as the Executive Director...

In December 2013, all twenty-nine members of the Fels Institute of Government Master of Public Administration (MPA) Class of 2015 worked together to produce ...

Internet has enabled a whole new category of companies, including Uber and Lift car sharing, Airbnb rent-a-room, and eBay, that have been dubbed the “sharing economy.” A recent report from Airbanb states that in the last year they generated over $600 million in economic activity in New York...

We have all heard the adage that small businesses are the engine of our national economy and create most of our new jobs from countless politicians.  However, we’ve known for 35 years that it’s not so much small firms that create jobs, but in fact new firms.  We call these startups. In...

The Philadelphia Business Journal cited a Fels study on the effects of Philadelphia's 10-year real estate tax abatement by Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen in advocating for facts and not suppostion to drive the debate.

You can read the full editorial...

Earlier this month, alumnus Tom Kozlik, '99, published two financial reports on state and local government. Kozlik, a municipal credit analyst for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, says he still has a "cautious outlook on local governments."

Click the links below to read Kozlik's reports:...

Congratulations to the Finalists in the 2014 Penn Public Policy Challenge!

In front of four panels of local leaders and esteemed Fels Institute of Government graduates, ten teams competed on Monday, January 27, in the Semi-Final round of the 5th...

Comparing one city to another in economic or competitive terms is a little like comparing their cultural scenes. There is no such thing as the best city or the best cultural scene, only that the best of them are distinctive and complex. Which for business strategy fans is reassuring, because...

This past month, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reached a $131 million settlement with Merrill Lynch regarding allegations the firm mislead investors with its collateralized debt obligations (CDO).

Fels alumnus Thomas Shupe...

A new report by Fels Senior Consultant Kevin Gillen and Westrum Development CEO John Westrum was the topic of a real estate piece in the Philadelphia Business Journal. Using a newly constructed development as their case study, the authors analyzed the impacts of Philadelphia’s 10-year...

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