Spring 2015 SPIA Roundtables on Leadership and Administration

| January 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Center for Public Administration and Policy is co-sponsoring a series of roundtables on Leadership and Administration with the Metropolitan Institute this spring semester! For the first time, our MI + SPIA lecture series will be held in the Old Town Alexandria location.  We have a fine new high tech Presentation Room on the 3rd floor of 1021 Prince Street and we hope to stream these roundtables to our other campus locations! The first round table will be on February 5th, by Sally Kenney from Tulane University, entitled “Women and Leadership.”  RSVP here [Click to embiggen]

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PhD Candidate Cynthia Lintz: Knowledge Production in the Balkan Fields

| December 17th, 2014 | Comments Off

 PhD Student in SPIA’s Urban Affairs and Planning program, Cynthia Lintz’s travel and participation was supported in part by the Metropolitan Institute’s student research support.  The following is excerpted from Cynthia Lintz’s conference follow-up report. In November, I attended the Association of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies conference held in San Antonio, TX. This conference provided an excellent opportunity to present my research work (the recently defended dissertation) and receive feedback from well-respected scholars in my field. My research is on the construction of identity in two cities, along the E.U. border in Eastern Europe. During the four day conference, I presented my paper, acted as a discussant on one panel, attended eight other conference sessions that specifically focused on urban planning in post-socialist cities/countries or on identity building in Europe, attended a networking event for Balkan scholars, and visited the exhibition hall to seek potential publishers for my dissertation.

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SPIA Sponsors Society of Socio-Economists Meeting

| December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

SOS Meeting in Washington D.C. (Jan 6, 2015) On Tuesday, January 6, the Society of Socio-Economists (SOS) will be holding its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. This years meeting  on “Socio-Economics: Broadening the Economic Debate” is being co-sponsored by SPIA and promises to be a valuable and thought provoking event with notable speakers. SPIA’s own Ralph Hall, Susan Sterett, and Katie Wells will be participating!The intent of the meeting is to provide people with an opportunity to explore how their research may connect with the ‘socio-economic’ approach to economic analysis, and to build bridges between disciplines and perhaps chart new research collaborations/projects.

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Prof Eckerd in ARNOVA, Denver, CO

| December 9th, 2014 | Comments Off

With the support of the Metropolitan Institute, Adam Eckerd attended the 2014 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in Denver from November 19-23, 2014. He both presented research and lead discussions on panels presenting other research. Dr. Eckerd’s research, done in collaboration with Jacob Fowles of the University of Kansas, was titled “Isomorphism and Differentiation in Nonprofit Financial Reporting.” Drawing on research from the private sector, they applied models of market competition to nonprofit organizational environments to assess the extent to which competition or concentration within a resource market affected the ways that nonprofits reported financial data. They created an index of market competition, defined by the metropolitan area in which organizations are located, and the scale and type of clients that the organizations focused on serving, and looked for trends in reporting financial outcomes in the IRS Form 990. Although the research is preliminary at this point, it

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Research Assistant Wanted for MI

| December 5th, 2014 | Comments Off

The Metropolitan Institute is seeking a research assistant! This part-time position will support the Metropolitan Institute and faculty in SPIA. The research assistant will work closely and report to the Metropolitan Institute but will occasionally be assigned tasks from SPIA Faculty. The position involves conducting research as assigned, some administrative/organizational tasks, as well as a range of web-based activities. Click here to read the GRA Description 2014. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and their CV/resume to MCHINDS@VT.EDU  

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Lauren Bulka and Adam Eckerd Present to Arlington County

| December 3rd, 2014 | Comments Off

Three graduate student groups in the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) recently presented economic development metrics and measurement plans for Arlington County to Cindy Richmond, acting director; and Troy Palma, regional economist at Arlington Economic Development. Laura Clauser, Lorita Daniels, Lindsay Housden, Allison Knox, Rosa Krewson, Derek Larson, Crane Lopes, Amira Maaty, and Adam Price are all enrolled in a Policy Inquiry course taught by Adam Eckerd, assistant professor. The student’s involvement is part of a pilot project — the Arlington Metrics Initiative – between Virginia Tech, Arlington County Economic Development, and Arlington County Economic Development Commission designed to help the county better understand and communicate its economic successes, goals, and challenges.Lauren Bulka, a research associate at the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, was embedded with Arlington Economic Development to identify key data-based questions and an appropriate metric framework which the students used to develop their plans. 

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Register now for Managing Team Science Workshop in January

| November 21st, 2014 | Comments Off

Please register now for our upcoming seminar on Managing Team Science, hosted in Arlington, VA. Please RSVP here. https://teamscience.eventbrite.com

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Mariela Alfonso chosen among the 40 under 40 by ULI

| October 23rd, 2014 | Comments Off

Mariela Alfonzo, former MI post doctoral associate, has been identified as  one of the Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40!  This list is intended to highlight the “Best Young Land Use Professionals from around the globe.”  ULI members select these individuals from a pool of candidates in real estate or land-use disciplines.  Read the article here.  Mariela is currently the founder of “State of Place, a data analytics company that helps communities identify what is or is not working and choose optimal interventions and investments, tailored to their unique circumstances, to boost their social and economic bottom lines.” The complete list is published in Urban Land Magazine.  

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The Lessons of Civil Defense Federalism for the Homeland Security Era

| September 18th, 2014 | Comments Off

Patrick Roberts, CPAP Faculty, has developed a video on “The Lessons of Civil Defense Federalism for the Homeland Security Era” because he wanted to do something creative in presenting his recent work, beyond a journal article. He had seen whiteboard videos on several TED talks, and thought they were effective means to communicate ideas. Eager to try this out, Patrick worked with a graphic designer to turn the article into a beautiful whiteboard style story. Patrick’s article on the lessons of civil defense federalism for the homeland security era is part of a special issue of the Journal of Policy History on disasters. The special issue grew out of a conference panel on disasters and from new research on disaster history, including his book, Disasters and the American State. He hopes that the video generates interest in how the lessons of history can inform public policy today.      

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MI Wins Grant From Wean Foundation

| September 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Click here to read the article. The Raymond John Wean Foundation just announced its 3rd quarter awards. “$75,000 to Virginia Polytechnic and State University’s Metropolitan Institute (MI)for its City of Youngstown Code Enforcement & Blight Remediation Technical Assistance & Capacity Building Project: Relying on extensive experience working with other municipal housing and building code enforcement departments, the MI will directly engage City code enforcement managers and staff in the assessment process and development of new policies and procedures. They will also conduct a series of trainings and workshops.  Phase I of the project will identify civic sector leadership and engagement opportunities for citizens to be more involved in monitoring and addressing blight in their neighborhoods. The Project Team will engage community stakeholders, including Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, throughout the life of the project.  The work will be further enhanced by regular briefings with the Mayor

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