Academic journal article Human Ecology

Applied LEARNING: CIPA Launches an Infrastructure Fellows Program

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Applied LEARNING: CIPA Launches an Infrastructure Fellows Program

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This past fall, CIPA launched a new Infrastructure Project Management and Finance (IPMF) Fellows Program for CIPA students. Spearheaded by CIPA Core Faculty member Rick Geddes, Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and by CIPA Visiting Lecturer John Foote, the program is modeled after CIPA's existing Environmental Finance and Impact Investment (EFII) Fellows Program.

Following several years of teaching courses on infrastructure management, regulation, and finance, Foote and Geddes proposed an applied experience for CIPA students to focus their MPA intensively on current and emerging infrastructure and transportation issues.

Developed and taught by Foote, the first practicum for IPMF was launched over winter break. It focused on the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), a proposed $2.5 billion streetcar line that would operate on a north-south route along the East River between Queens and Brooklyn. Eleven students spent a week in New York City in early January learning more about the project. Their schedule included a mix of presentations by speakers across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as field visits to key sites in the BQX project. …

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