Courtyard Convo

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 businesses gain access to capital. Since the economic recession of 2008, it has been more difficult for 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 across the battleground states between our Presidential candidates.  These projections are made often...
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 participants. Representative Dwight Evans – 203rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Donna Frisby-Greenwood – Program Director/...
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 right call.  The surprising thing is that it was even a question.  What is the implication for governments and agencies? By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Of course, Facebook is the world’s most-used social media platform, and nearly one...
Pita Lacenski’s (MPA ’12) work as the Community Planning Project Director for Esperanza, Inc. was recently highlighted in a Philadelphia Neighborhoods article.  Based in Philadelphia, Esperanza, Inc. provides opportunities for Hispanic students to build confidence and skills that lay the foundation for long-term change. Many of the organization’s education initiatives focus on empowering...
Courtyard Convo
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 and the Penn Institute for Urban Research and was sponsored by Stevens & Lee Griffin and DSI Civic Financial...
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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 Fels Research & Consulting.  As an R&C Senior Advisor, Eric has helped re-think, re-launch, and re-invigorate Fels’ innovative consulting practice which utilizes the talent of its graduate...
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 with citizens, as President Obama has done using a Twitter town hall, is an entirely new approach to civic engagement and public...
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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.  Given the way the University has handled the dreadful Sandusky child molestation case so far, JoPa’s won’t be the last resignation.  Meanwhile for yet another day the affair is a “trending topic” on Twitter and a centerpiece of...
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 Eric Rabe, Senior Advisor Penn State officials have little choice but to dismiss Athletic Director Tim Curley and Finance and Business VP...
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