Penn Students Compete in Final Round of Fels Public Policy Challenge at National Constitution Center

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 15, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY 

WHAT: 

Final round and announcement of winner of the annual Fels Institute of Government Public Policy Challenge competition to propose new solutions to policy challenges facing Philadelphia  

WHO:              

Five competing teams of University of Pennsylvania graduate students

Judging panel of civic leaders: 

Jim Cawley, Pennsylvania lieutenant governor

Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania state representative

John DiIulio, professor and director of Penn’s Fox Leadership Program

Marion Tasco, Philadelphia city councilwoman

Jeffrey Cooper, vice president, Penn Office of Government and Community Affairs

Donna Cooper, senior fellow, Center for American Progress

David Eisner, president and CEO, National Constitution Center

Helen Gym, board chair, Asian Americans United, and founder of Parents United for Public Education

Chris Ross, Pennsylvania state representative

WHERE: 

National Constitution Center Kirby   Auditorium
525 Arch St., Philadelphia

WHEN:

Sunday, March 20, 2011, 1–4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, March 20, a panel of Pennsylvania civic and governmental leaders will judge five interdisciplinary teams of Penn graduate students competing for a prize of $5,000 – and recognition as regional visionaries – at the annual Public Policy Challenge Finals. Finalist teams have developed plans to address a broad-range of issues from price transparency in Philadelphia’s health-care system to transformation of the Broad Street Concourse into an underground arts district.  

The event is free and open to the public. Registration and other information is available at  or by contacting David Thornburgh, executive director of the Fels Institute, at david_thornburgh@sas.upenn.edu or 215-746-2800.

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