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Author: Ellis Johnson

Learn. Do Interesting Things. Help Others. These three things are the goals I have for my career, as well as the goals I have for my summer practicum in Person County. Before I tell you about my week let me tell you … Continued

Author: Lindsay Carter

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a day course at the School of Government entitled “Getting Your Message Across.” It was all about communicating effectively, and it was both fun and informative. After an opening session, we broke … Continued

Author: Adora Thayer

This may be an unpopular argument, but I’m going to make it anyway. This week has taught me that local governments can’t escape from strategic planning. They are doing it without even knowing it. Now, I understand that this coupling of … Continued

Author: Heather Curry

This week I started my internship at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. The Forum is a 30-year-old nonprofit education policy “think and do” tank. They are probably best known for creating and administering the Teaching Fellows Program from … Continued

Author: Ashley Tucker

Thinking back to your hometown, what is the first place that comes to mind? Chances are, it is a landmark that you saw all the time growing up. For me, this place is The Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train … Continued

Author: Lindsay Carter

Hello, blog readers! I’m Lindsay, and I am a full time employee of the City of Albemarle and full time student at MPA@UNC, the online version of Carolina’s MPA program. I am completing my professional work experience at, well, work! … Continued

Author: Adora Thayer

So. I am going to first tell you where I am completing my practicum this summer, because this place, is killer cool. Welcome to Zebulon, North Carolina. It is a small town just outside of the state capital. It was … Continued

Author: Alexander Vazquez

Dear Durham, When I first met you in 2007, I had no idea how much you would change over the next eight years. Today, your downtown is booming; (as I explained in several of my posts this summer) you are … Continued

Author: Meagan McDougall

As I sit in my office at the EDC for the last time and collect all my notes from throughout the summer, I can’t believe my 10 weeks here are over. The past few days I’ve been spending time really … Continued

Author: Joseph Maugeri

Did you know that Raleigh’s nickname is the “City of Oaks”? I didn’t until just a few days ago. What pushed me to go to Raleigh’s wiki page and learn this was actually my walk to lunch earlier this week. … Continued