Past PPI Projects

1)  North Carolina 11th Congressional District Debate was held on Tuesday October 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center Theater.  This event was hosted by the Public Policy Institute and the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs.  The debate featured Congressional candidates Mark Meadows and Hayden Rogers.  Russ Bowen, news anchor and reporter for WLOS-TV was the moderator.  For pictures from the debate, check out the PPI Picture Gallery.

2)  The Public Policy Institute Releases Survey Results:  After more than a decade, WCU students memories and reactions to 9-11-2001.  Click here to read survey results.

3) Black Mountain Town Square Consultancy Project Proposal

We worked with the Town of Black Mountain in order to gauge public input on the future of Town Square. We have worked with many local governments and non-profits in western North Carolina and believe we have the knowledge and experience to produce a useful report that will help guide the town to make the best decision possible. Our proposal included three main components: (1) focus groups, (2) a scientifically conducted survey, and (3) presenting the results to the town in the most useful way possible.

For more information concerning the Black Mountain Town Square Consultancy Project Proposal, Click Here.

4) American Youth Congress

The Public Policy Institute presents the American Youth Congress (AYC) each year with the goals of teaching the importance of civic education and responsible citizenship to the middle school and high school students in Western North Carolina.  We are able to better equip our youth with the knowledge and importance of civic duty by teaching how the legislative process works and providing a better understanding of the actual process.  Not only do students have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the legislative process, but they get the chance to speak to and learn from a key, local political representative.

This event has been such a great learning tool for students in our region that it has become part of the annual curriculum for many schools.  Along with giving middle and high school age students a realistic learning opportunity, the AYC allows for undergraduate and graduate students to gain leadership, and business skills necessary for success while implementing this project.

For more on the AYC, Click Here.

5) Public Opinion Poll

The WCU Public Policy Institute teamed up with the Smoky Mountain News to produce a scientific public opinion poll focusing solely on Jackson County.  For specific survey results and details on the poll, please click here.

6)  College Poll Worker Program

Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute sponsored a collaborative effort to recruit more students and citizens with diverse backgrounds to serve as poll workers in county elections. Election administration in western North Carolina measures an average age of poll workers in Buncombe County at 60 and in Jackson County at 68.  In addition to questions about the representativeness of poll workers drawn overwhelmingly from older residents, there are not enough younger people being trained to replace this increasingly aging poll worker population.
In 2009, to help solve the problem, the Public Policy Institute helped coordinate the recruitment of students to serve in Jackson and Buncombe county precincts for the 2009 and 2010 elections. For more information about our ongoing efforts, go to:  Click Here for more information.

Other Past projects:

American Youth Congress - April 4, 2009
Constitution Day - September 17, 2008
Emergency and Disaster Leadership in the 21st Century - November 15, 2007 (brochure - PDF)
7th Annual American Youth Congress: Youth Legislative Think Tank - March 24, 2007, Asheville, NC
A Commitment to Energy Independence and Economic Development - November 15, 2006 (brochure - PDF)
6th Annual American Youth Congress: Legislator for a Day - March 25, 2006, Asheville, NC
Winning the War on Methamphetamine: A Multi-Dimensional Approach - November 16, 2005 (brochure - PDF)
College Democrat -Republican Debate - October 2006
5th Annual American Youth Congress: Legislator for a Day - March 12, 2005
Renewing America through Citizen Paticipation and Civic Engagement - November 8, 2004
Catching the American Dream: A Summit on Entrepreneurship - November 19, 2003
3rd Annual Legislative Youth Assembly - March 29, 2003
Western North Carolina Women's Agenda Assembly - January 11, 2003
Safe School Summit - November 14, 2002
2nd Annual Local Government Youth Assembly - March 23, 2002
Creating the Spirit of Community: Cultural and Heritage Tourism - November 15, 2001
Planning for the New Economy - November 8, 2000
The 21st Century: A Conference and Workshop of Cultural Diversity and Community Citizenship - April 6, 2000
Is it Time to Renew Citizenship, Democracy and Responsibility in America? - November 4, 1999
Domestic Terrorism: Technological, Chemical, Biological and Conventional Weapons (Planning, Prevention, and Education) - March 31, 1999

PPI In the News:

    Public Policy Students Publish Work on Wikipedia - The Reporter, February 9, 2011

    Sylva Parking Shortage in the Eye of the Beholder - Smoky Mountain News, May 26, 2010



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