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Community Engagement

March 2020

Certificate in Community Real Estate Development (CRED) program: The challenging field of community real estate development requires practitioners that know how to use public and private resources, and demands skill sets in real estate development, finance and project management.

The CRED program at USF offers practical training for community developers and other industry professionals, and provides the tools needed to carry out successful affordable housing and community-based real estate development projects. CRED Tampa Bay develops practioners with insight to the community development issues facing Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.

January 2020

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The Mentor a Public Administration Student Program matches MPA students to practicing local administrators or nonprofit managers, where they are exposed to the actual work environments, responsibilities, and interactions with professional administrative positions in Florida. We kicked off the 2020 cohort with a meet-and-greet dinner. This year, our students were partnered with mentors from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Hillsborough County, the City of Plant City, the City of Lakeland, and the Senior Connection Center.

2019

May 2019

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USF sponsored a major event honoring our nation’s Veterans. Attended by over 200 people, the event was organized by USF’s Office of Veteran Success and USF World's Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, and it was co-sponsored by our School and Cyber Florida.

President Judy Genshaft presented the University’s first Honorable award to the family of former U.S. Representative Sam Gibbons, a World War II veteran who dedicated his life to public service, and who was responsible for the creation of USF. The School also sponsored a table for Wounded Warriors from the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, and its Director, Joe Battle, was our guest.

April 2019

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Our undergraduate Media and Politics class (POS 3931), taught by Assistant Professor Dr. Stephen Neely, visited Nielsen in Oldsmar to get a deeper understanding of their Sunshine State Survey project. During the tour, students learned more about Nielsen’s history and company culture, as well as their high-tech call center.

Special thanks to William Miller, Nielsen’s Director of Public Affairs and Community Engagements, for hosting us. We also want to thank Kimberly Hawkins, Lead Data Scientist, for explaining the importance of big data in public policy polling.

February 2019

mpa-mentorship-dinner-2019

The Mentor a Public Administration Student Program matches MPA students to practicing local administrators or nonprofit managers, where they are exposed to the actual work environments, responsibilities, and interactions with professional administrative positions in Florida. We kicked off the 2019 cohort with a meet-and-greet dinner. This year, our students were partnered with mentors from Hillsborough County, Pasco County, the Senior Connection Center, and ISPE.

January 2019

Announcing a series of professional development training courses and workshops in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Research Associate Steven Fernandez.

2018

December 2018

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Zephyrhills City Manager Dr. Steven Spina discusses the County's partnership with our School, highlighting MURP alums Kevie Defranc and Jensen Hackett—and their prior internships with the City—in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Quality Cities (turn to pages 20-21), which is a publication of the Florida League of Cities.