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School of Public Policy Receives Grant to Support Professional Certificate on Leading Smart Communities

May 4, 2020  | 1 min read

The School of Public Policy (SPP) received a grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) to support a new professional certificate on leading smart communities to be facilitated through the school’s Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership.

SPP received one of 27 grants awarded as part of PIT-UN’s inaugural “Network Challenge,” which aims to support the development of new public interest technology initiatives and institutions in academia and foster collaboration among the network’s partner institutions,
which includes SPP.

“Increasingly, public engagement with government is happening through technology—whether it be a GIS map of a wildfire or a public engagement survey platform around a community’s land use plan,” said SPP dean Pete Peterson (MPP ’07). “I’m excited that this grant will help us build out our professional education in making our cities more transparent and responsive through technology.”

PIT-UN is a partnership of 36 colleges and universities dedicated to building the nascent field of public interest technology, as well as growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists and digitally fluent policy leaders. The “Network Challenge” is funded through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard Impact Fund, Siegel Family Endowment, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Schmidt Futures, and Raikes Foundation.