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Innovation in the Field

Public Policy Seniors Tackle Real-World Problems for Local Agencies

On a recent Monday morning, five consultants presented their recommendations on affordable housing options to a Carrboro town task force.

“We hope this will serve as a guiding tool for 10 years and beyond,” said Matt Kimble, standing near a backdrop of zoning maps in a town hall meeting room.

Kimble and his team members don’t work for a high-priced consulting firm. They are seniors doing the work pro-bono, for credit, as part of the required capstone course in the public policy department in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

This semester, about 40 students have worked on nine projects for government and nonprofit entities. Topics include solar energy, access to food and health care, historic preservation and tourism, water quality restoration and arts-related economic development, among others.

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