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Author: Sydney Lawrence

In the MPA program, we learn a great deal about the importance of stakeholders and bringing various voices to the table to help in the decision making process. We as public servants should be cognizant of the individuals we are serving and should listen and value their ideas. Since environmental issues touch every person in …

Author: Brian Farmer

I know it may be hard, but try and ignore the impression of HR you got from Toby on The Office (okay, maybe I made it harder by putting a picture of him, but how could i not?). Not only is the Human Resources department more lively, they are also seen and used as a …

Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

So, this won’t be a gossip column talking about local government romantic relationships (well, more specifically Chatham County romantic relationships). But instead, I want talk about a key theme I have learned from conducting 18 interviews and attending 10 community meetings since being at the County Manager’s Office. Drum roll, please…. RELATIONSHIPS MATTER…A LOT! In …

Author: Hallee Haygood

Welcome to my weekly blog about life here in the Durham Budget & Management Services Department! This budget adoption season Council made a variety of changes to the proposed budget. The department is currently working  on updating the budget to align with their decisions. City Council held a special Work Session on Thursday, because there …

Author: Sydney Lawrence

Welcome back to my blog! This week, I learned a lot about the organizational culture of the EPA. Like any large organization, the EPA sometimes experiences challenges such as breakdown in communication channels and competing values. However, this week I discovered what makes the organization so successful, and its the people that work there!  I …

Author: Brian Farmer

That’s right. It was my week with Planning! I had an amazing time with the many people and jobs that make up the Planning department in Salisbury. But before I continue, a trivia question: Why can a parcel of land within a certain airport zone NOT have a stormwater pond? The answer is at the …

Author: Karson Nelson

Memphis, Baltimore, Kansas City, Montgomery, Prescott, Charlotte, Highlands Ranch, Savannah, Parkland—what do all of these cities have in common? Schools that have lost students and educators to school shooting incidences on campus. With an increase in not only school shootings, but also a heavy prevalence of bullying, cyber bullying, self-harm, suicide ideation, and suicides at …

Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Welcome back to my blog posts! Last week was a fairly short week for me given Memorial Day and being out of town on Friday, so I figured I would take a different spin on this week’s blog post. Let’s talk about the nitty gritty of PWEs as a dual-degree student with the School of …

Author: Hallee Haygood

This week was one for the books. For everyone who has watched “Parks and Recreation,” we all remember the moment Leslie Knope explains the feeling of town halls and although there was no yelling, there were many moments full of folks caring for their community. The week was all about taking the budget from proposed …

Author: Sydney Lawrence

Greetings from Research Triangle Park! My first week at the Environmental Protection Agency was incredible, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be working here. The RTP headquarters houses over 2,000 EPA employees and 15 different offices, including the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) where I am employed–an aerial photo …

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