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Author: Sydney Lawrence

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe we are already 7 weeks into our PWEs. Time is going by so quickly and I’m trying to absorb as much as I can before the summer is over. This week was all about Advance. The EPA Advance program is a collaborative effort by the EPA, states, tribes, and …

Author: Brian Farmer

For those of you either disappointed that I didn’t post last week or because I didn’t post about Transit, hopefully this double-header will make up for the wrong that has been done. Last week, I spent an enlightening week with Transit. In addition to doing some Excel projects for Transit that will hopefully save some …

Author: Karson Nelson

For the first time in history, North Carolina does not have an approved budget as operations of the new fiscal year are underway. Thanks to current law, there will be no government shutdown and the budget will continue to run on auto-pilot based off of last year’s budget provisions. However, we have had four days …

Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

**DIsclaimer: if you recently finished year 1 of the mpa program, it may be too soon to see another memo. if this post is triggering, please click the small ‘x’ in the upper right hand corner. Other than that – welcome to this week’s blog. Surprise! It’s written in memo format. every MPA-er knows that …

Author: micayla

This week at the Urban Institute I had the privilege to bond with the other interns and meet other Urban Institute members at the summer check-in. We got to see how Urban recruits its interns and the work that fellow colleagues are currently conducting as full-time research assistants. One intern from Duke is working on …

Author: Sydney Lawrence

Ok, so I don’t actually have an Uncle Sam, I just work for him. But I do have an Uncle Chip (see below), and he loves American pastimes like cornhole, cookouts, and Thanksgiving turkey, so I figure he fits the bill. This short holiday week had me reflecting on the idea of Uncle Sam and …

Author: Karson Nelson

Following Governor Cooper’s Veto of HB 966 Budget Conference Report last week, education bills that have made crossover continue to move quickly as the Budget heads back to chamber floors for a potential veto override. Some of the high profile K-12 education bills that moved through committees this week include HB 107: PED Oversight/EPP Changes, HB …

Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Over the past few weeks, I have conducted 26 interviews and attended eleven community meetings in an attempt to gather important information needed to push the human relations initiative forward. The surprising thing is that my interviews have yielded slightly different information than expected. Which, for the record, has not been a bad thing. It …

Author: Hallee Haygood

Local government has many incredible leaders, but the 2020 Democratic debates showed just how many people are hoping to make the jump from the local to federal level. Although Mayor Buttigeg and Mayor de Blasio are the only candidates running that are still in local government, 8 of the 20 candidates who debated this past …

Author: Sydney Lawrence

Hello! It was an eventful week here at EPA, filled with lots of meetings, mentoring sessions, and a news headline. I’ll start with the headline. Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), resigned this week, meaning that I will be getting a new boss. Anne Idsal, who served as Principal …

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