Four of the students working on research projects during Fall 2019 are highlighted below.
Maryam Sayeed (MPP '21) worked in assisting the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Huron Clinton Metro-Parks in moving forward with a public-private partnership. She attended board meetings, spoke with staff and stakeholders, and explored the beautiful parks that both these organizations offer to their constituents. Her objective in working on this project was to create a menu of avenues in which both organizations can collaborate moving forward, as well as the pros and cons of each option and the next steps to achieving this partnership. Through her experience, she met with passionate people who are seeking to create spaces that are accessible to all. She was also able to learn more about the DEI work of both initiatives and how they are each looking to learn from each other through sharing strengths and best practices. She is excited to see this partnership thrive!
Shannon Weaver (MPP '20) helped develop a set of indicators measuring inclusive economic development in Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The data will inform the investment strategy of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in both regions.
Nathan Lindfors (BA '20), Brandan Pierce (MPP '20), and Monica Pagani (MPP/MSI '20) continued their work with the Port of Monroe, Michigan researching public finance and state-level investment in maritime transportation infrastructure across the Great Lakes states. Their research is expected to continue in Winter 2020 and will be completed by the end of the term.
Brandan Pierce (MPP '20) continued his work with the Port of Monroe with Nathan Lindfors (BA '20) and Monica Pagani (MPP/MSI '20) to do a comparative analysis of state funding mechanisms for commercial ports in the Great Lakes region. Last year, the team created a report on US Customs and Border Protection policy implementation at Port of Monroe that was cited in Crain's Business, Bloomberg Government, and other local news publications. Read more here.