Heinz College News http://www.heinz.cmu.edu News Stories from H. John Heinz III College Heinz College Systems Project Serves as Neutral Ground for Political Partieshttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1752]]><p> PITTSBURGH - Six graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College are conducting a research project analyzing shifting voting trends in the region. The project, which is jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Allegheny County, leaves behind the typical political dialogue associated with elections and instead focuses on the data that each election presents and how each party can better utilize that information in the future.</p> <p> &ldquo;Allegheny County is interesting in that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans more than 2 to 1.&rdquo; said Jon Nehlsen, Heinz College&rsquo;s Senior Director of External Relations.&nbsp; &ldquo;Yet Republicans still win some county and state wide races.</p> <p> &ldquo;The students wanted to understand this phenomenon and looked to the data available to find the answer.&rdquo;</p> <p> The team reasoned that Republicans could win races through superior voter turnout or if registered Democrats broke ranks and &ldquo;swing&rdquo; for Republican candidates.&nbsp; They are working on modeling the factors that cause area voters to turn out as well as analyzing the demographics of &ldquo;swing voters&rdquo;.</p> <p> Party leaders are interested in the results in hopes that the students might challenge some of their old assumptions about area voters and lend a fresh perspective from students, all in their 20&rsquo;s, none of whom originally hail from the region.&nbsp; &ldquo;Interacting with the students revealed to me several areas where both parties can advance the cause of good government by improving our communications and outreach to a younger audience,&rdquo; said Republican Chairman Jim Roddey.</p> <p> Among the insights that the students have uncovered is that political language on social media in this election year tends to be compartmentalized.&nbsp; For example, men and women may care about the same issues but they use very different language on social media to describe their concerns.&nbsp; Additionally, the students found that when political parties and advocacy groups push their agendas on Twitter, it appears to have little measurable resonance with individuals.</p> <p> The project also has the unique opportunity of being conducted during a gubernatorial election year in Pennsylvania.&nbsp; &ldquo;In today&#39;s political world, effective voter outreach through data mining is essential if you want to be successful,&rdquo; said Jim Burn, Chairman of the Democratic Party in PA.</p> <p> The students are hopeful that some of the insights they uncover will help the parties manage future elections.&nbsp; &ldquo;It was really interesting to find out how similar both parties really are,&rdquo; said project team member Geoffrey Arnold.&nbsp; &ldquo;Everyone is interested in &lsquo;swing voters&rsquo; as well as younger voters and how they approach elections.</p> <p> &ldquo;They&rsquo;re not so different, they just want different things.&rdquo;</p> <p> Arnold, 27, is from Lancaster PA making him the only student from the Commonwealth.&nbsp; The other team members and their hometowns are:</p> <p> Sahar Momand, Los Angeles CA</p> <p> Ji Zhang, Beijing, China</p> <p> Zach Palomo, Hondo TX</p> <p> Robert Saul, Tucson AZ</p> <p> Isaac Guzman, Mexico City</p> <p> The project has brought about some unprecedented bipartisan cooperation, especially for an election year. &ldquo;&quot;It was not only an opportunity for the two major political parties to come together to jointly work with the students but also a rewarding experience to be involved with bright, young men and women interested in better understanding the political process,&rdquo; said Roddey.</p> <p> &ldquo;It has been a pleasure working with the students and faculty at CMU along with Republican Chairman Jim Roddey on this project,&rdquo; added Burn.</p> <p> &ldquo;(The students) are spot on in their analysis of what Jim Roddey and I are looking to do by way of voter turnout, messaging and what is needed in order to effectuate an effective plan.&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="retCmsId=134" target="">For more information about the Master of Public Policy Management Program &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1752Mon, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4507photo

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Heinz Alumna Anne Lewis Named Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvaniahttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1751]]><p> HARRISBURG&mdash; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett recognized Anne Lewis, an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College, as one of nine outstanding women from across the state receiving this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://distinguisheddaughtersofpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/10-21-14.pdf" target="_blank">Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania</a> award.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Each one of these women has shown a tremendous commitment to making the world around her a better place,&rdquo; said Gov. Corbett. &ldquo;It is my honor to today name them as the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Their dedication, commitment, compassion and drive have impacted the lives of so many.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The mission of Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania is to honor outstanding women for extraordinary service and contributions to the Commonwealth of PA. Since 1949, the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania has celebrated women leaders from diverse backgrounds, including education, science, law, medicine, business, public service, philanthropy, humanities and the arts. The women are nominated to receive the honor by non-profit organizations within Pennsylvania.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Having lived my entire life in Pennsylvania and having devoted most of it to philanthropic work here, I couldn&#39;t imagine a greater honor,&rdquo; said Lewis. &ldquo;And when you look at the list of other Distinguished Daughters down through the years&mdash;from Pearl S. Buck to Annie Dillard&mdash;I find I&#39;m in some pretty impressive company. So it&#39;s also quite humbling.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> As a business leader, Anne Lewis is Board Chair and co-owner of Oxford Development Company, one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most prominent privately owned enterprises. Committed to the region, Anne gives back to the community though her work as a volunteer and member of various governing boards, including the Dean&rsquo;s Advisory Council at Heinz College.<br /> <br /> Lewis&rsquo; experience with Heinz College goes back further than her time on the Dean&rsquo;s Advisory Council.&nbsp; In 1990, Lewis earned a <a href="retCmsId=167" target="">Master of Public Management Degree</a> from Heinz that helped prepare her for her future achievements.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Although I was involved in philanthropy and non-profit organizations before I came to Heinz, I think my experience here helped equip me with the leadership skills to accomplish my goals,&rdquo; said. &ldquo;In my experience, a lot of charitable organizations have noble ambitions and wonderful ideas, but it takes institutional knowledge, like what I received at Heinz College, and an ability to read the public policy &lsquo;terrain&rsquo; to turn those visions into reality.</p> <p> &ldquo;I don&#39;t know of a school anywhere that does a better job of providing the indispensable analytical skills you need to make a difference.&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="retCmsId=167" target="">More information on the MPM Program &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1751Mon, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4506photo

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Dean Ramayya Krishnan to Speak on Data Analytics at Inaugural KL Converge Conferencehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1750]]><p> The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is hosting an inaugural three-day KL Converge 2014 conference in Kuala Lumpur.&nbsp; The conference, which is expecting more that 20,000 visitors, looks to provide a new platform for multimedia, communications, content and creative industry players to share ideas and create new opportunities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.<br /> <br /> One of the tools necessary to achieve this is Big Data and the analytical tools to get the most out of it.&nbsp; Which is why the KL Converge conference turned to Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College and a leader in the field of data analytics, to give a keynote speech on the topic.<br /> <br /> Dean Krishnan&rsquo;s keynote speech, &ldquo;All Data Big and Small; Data Analytics and You&rdquo;, will be presented to both the conference and to ministers from nine of the ASEAN countries.&nbsp; Dean Krishnan&rsquo;s primary focus is on how to enable technological advances through policy and innovation, through identification of tech and data &ldquo;enablers&rdquo; and how they are able to innovate and advance.<br /> <br /> Big Data can be a valuable tool for economic development in the Southeast Asian region.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re in the midst of a &lsquo;Data Tsunami&rsquo;,&rdquo; said Krishnan.&nbsp; &ldquo;There has been explosive growth in the size complexity and rates in which we can gather data.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Enabled by mobile phones, social media, email, videos, images, click streams, Internet transactions and the increasing prevalence of sensors, Krishnan points out that we are in an &ldquo;Age of Data&rdquo;, where data can be used to create actionable information leading to timely and more informed decisions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;By coupling roadway sensors, traffic cameras, and individuals&rsquo; GPS devices, we can reduce traffic congestion and generate significant savings in time and fuel costs,&rdquo; said Krishnan.&nbsp; &ldquo;We can transform formal and informal education, we can engender economic development with mobile banking in rural markets, we can even save lives by developing methods of accurately predicting natural disasters.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;From all of this data, we derive knowledge which then leads to action.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Krishnan continues that by integrating this new data with &ldquo;legacy&rdquo; data, such as information from public health and statistical agencies, countries can better ascertain the data that is actionable for them, bringing about real change.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We need to be problem driven,&rdquo; concluded Krishnan.&nbsp; &ldquo;We need to support both bottom up and strategic planning on problems and initiatives that are likely to benefit from data analytics and enable their use of these technologies.<br /> <br /> Krishnan&rsquo;s keynote speech at KL Converge will take place today, September 19th.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://klconverge.com/" target="_blank">For more info on KL Converge &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1750Mon, 19 Sep 2014 12:41:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=2729photo

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Summer Jobshttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1749]]><p> <em>This story originally appeared on <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/creativity/2014/summer/summer-jobs.shtml" target="_blank">CMU.edu</a>.</em></p> <p> This summer, students from Carnegie Mellon University&#39;s <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/arts-management-mam/index.aspx" target="_blank">Master of Arts Management</a> (MAM) program plunged into competitive internships at world-renowned institutions from coast-to-coast and beyond.<br /> <br /> At organizations such as the <a href="http://whitney.org/">Whitney Museum</a>, the <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org/">Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum</a>, <a href="http://www.americansforthearts.org/">Americans for the Arts</a>, the <a href="http://www.theoneill.org/about-us/">Eugene O&#39;Neill Theater Center</a> and <a href="http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org/">Washington Performing Arts</a>, interns created employee manuals, wrote communication plans for member newsletters, analyzed ticket sales data and created millennial-engagement strategies.<br /> <br /> The MAM program&#39;s unique setup helps students rise to the top of applicant pools.<br /> <br /> &quot;The primary reason people choose our program is because of the quantitatively-focused and practical curriculum &mdash; students come out with robust skills in economics, marketing, technology and finance within the context of arts and culture,&quot; said MAM Program Director <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/faculty-details/index.aspx?faculty_id=471" target="_blank">Kathryn Heidemann</a>. &quot;We also create an experiential learning environment that extends far beyond the classroom. Through internships, apprenticeships, capstone projects with real-life clients and other hands-on exercises, we really want the students to learn by doing and provide a platform for cultivating leadership.&quot;<br /> <br /> Jennifer Moreci (MAM&#39;15) put her experience to work at the Americans for the Arts. She wrote topic briefings for the Seminar for Leadership in the Arts and the National Arts Policy Roundtable, both focused on the intersection of arts and technology.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &quot;I had a really solid foundation of knowledge to write these papers for our constituents. I was able to delve even further into field research to create a clear picture for our guests, but also broaden my own literacy of the subject,&quot; Moreci said. &quot;It was rewarding to be able to share some of the accomplishments I witnessed during my time at CMU from the <a href="http://studioforcreativeinquiry.org/" target="_blank">STUDIO for Creative Inquiry</a> and many of our other successful interdisciplinary initiatives.&quot;<br /> <br /> Stewart Urist (MAM&#39;15) broadened his resume. Already experienced in ticket sales, marketing and fundraising, he opted into the O&#39;Neill Theatre&#39;s business office. There he reconciled the bank accounts, revamped the employee manual, and prepared weekly reports on the operating accounts.<br /> <br /> His experience at CMU and at the O&#39;Neill sharpened his career focus.<br /> <br /> &quot;I came in to the program with the very firm goal of getting the skills I needed to found a youth-focused theater, producing work for kids, by kids. I&#39;m very still passionate about this model, and about providing opportunities for children to engage with the arts. However, my time at CMU and with the O&#39;Neill has also given me a love for companies which develop new work and provide opportunities for emerging artists. I&#39;d love to be able to find a way to feed both of these passions in the future,&quot; Urist said.<br /> <br /> Messay Derebe (MAM&#39;15), who had a career in finance and plays the violin, joined the MAM program to learn about the arts industry.<br /> <br /> &quot;The CMU program is perfect because it incorporates the quantitative skills, like analytics, with the qualitative, like change management and strategic thinking,&quot; Derebe said.<br /> <br /> Her internship at the Washington Performing Arts was all about change. The organization was going through a rebranding process.<br /> <br /> &quot;Seeing the structural and cultural transformation that a change like that necessitates was fascinating, even if at times, uncomfortable. It was change-management in action,&quot; Derebe said.<br /> <br /> Cicely Wootan (MAM&#39;00) is the director of corporate development at the Guggenheim Museum. She has worked with a number of MAM interns. She starts talking with potential candidates as early as October.<br /> <br /> &quot;I like to have them because of the experience they tend to bring to the job and to help support the MAM program,&quot; Wootan said. &quot;Their education sets them up to succeed in this internship.&quot;</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1749Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:49:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4458photo

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CMU in Haitihttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1748]]><p> <em>This story originally appeared on <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/society/2014/summer/cmu-in-haiti.shtml" target="_blank">CMU.edu</a>.</em></p> <p> Since a catastrophic earthquake ripped apart Haiti in 2010, Carnegie Mellon University has provided ongoing support to the Caribbean island nation through a patchwork of outreach organizations.<br /> <br /> CMU in Haiti, a new student organization, has taken that effort and is guiding collaboration inside and outside the university going forward.<br /> <br /> Four years ago, the university community worked with fundraising for Brothers&#39; Brothers Foundation, the nonprofit Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) and the American Red Cross.<br /> <br /> &quot;With the leadership of then Student Body President Rotimi Abimbola (DC&#39;10) the campus community really showcased collaboration and the values of compassion and willingness to go above and beyond for the global community,&quot; said M. Shernell Smith, assistant director of the Office of the Dean of <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/student-affairs/">Student Affairs</a>.<br /> <br /> Last week, HAS attended CMU&#39;s Volunteer Fair in hopes of partnering with the university. The nonprofit and CMU are in talks about a possible program in January 2015 with the theme &quot;Revisiting Haiti: 5 years later.&quot;<br /> <br /> CMU in Haiti took its first trip to the country during spring break this year. The idea for the group came from a freshman seminar course, &quot;The Uses and Abuses of Haiti,&quot; taught by Michael West, a teaching professor of <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/modlang/undergraduate/french.html" target="_blank">French and Francophone Studies</a>.<br /> <br /> &quot;[Our] goal is to provide support for on-the-ground, humanitarian efforts and to assist in the enduring effort of rebuilding Haiti through advocacy, service trips and collaboration with Haitian grassroots organizations and their leaders,&quot; said CMU in Haiti President Laura Scherb (<a href="http://www.hss.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">DC&#39;16</a>). &quot;We aim to strengthen the existing links between Haiti and Carnegie Mellon University &mdash; including the broader Pittsburgh community &mdash; and to celebrate a global and cultural exchange by focusing on issues of development, infrastructure, education and health.&quot;<br /> <br /> Scherb said it&#39;s also been rewarding to connect to organizations run by CMU alumni.<br /> <br /> One group is Team Tassy, which is committed to giving Haitians the resources they need to work toward sustainability. Vivien Luk (HNZ&#39;07) serves as Team Tassy&#39;s executive director.<br /> <br /> &quot;Working at Team Tassy allows me to use my CMU training and past work experience to tackle one of our world&#39;s biggest challenges &mdash; global poverty,&quot; Luk said. &quot;CMU provided me with the analytical skills to understand the fight the poor face everyday and to figure out what we need to do together to end it.&quot;<br /> <br /> Luk started at Team Tassy in 2012 after receiving a phone call from CMU alumna Jenna Knapp (HNZ&#39;09) to talk about Team Tassy&#39;s sister for-profit, Thread.<br /> <br /> &quot;They were looking for someone to build the nonprofit from the ground up. My CMU training and thesis project was where I got the foundation to do this,&quot; Luk said. &quot;The Team Tassy/Thread partnership model made a lot of sense in terms of building on the strongest assets of both entities to solve a major challenge.&quot;<br /> <br /> This year will mark Team Tassy&#39;s Third Annual Great American Water Balloon Fight, which helps raise money and awareness for Haiti. The event will be on Sept. 6 at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.<br /> <br /> Scherb, along with other members of CMU in Haiti, will be at the event helping to make sure everything goes as planned. They will be assisting with the &quot;filling parties&quot; to make sure there are plenty of water balloons, as well as helping with general crowd control.<br /> <br /> &quot;We&#39;re going to volunteer with [Team Tassy&#39;s] coordination planning and make sure that the event runs smoothly,&quot; Scherb said.<br /> <br /> Scherb is still unsure as to what she wants to do when she graduates, but she does know one thing &mdash; she wants to make a difference.<br /> <br /> &quot;I have many different interests and passions, but one that will never change is the drive to make an impact in people&#39;s lives. Whether that manifests itself through living and working in Haiti or in the United States, I will never be able to forget the people I met and the experiences I had in Haiti,&quot; Scherb said.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1748Mon, 03 Sep 2014 11:15:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4450photo

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Who Gains? Jobs from the Redevelopment of the Almono Site in Hazelwoodhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1747]]><p> In 2002, four southwestern Pennsylvania foundations formed a limited partnership with RIDC, a non-profit private development organization as general partner, and purchased the 178 acre LTV Steel Hazelwood site. &nbsp;The partnership was convinced that this remarkable riverfront plateau offered a rare opportunity to set a new standard for urban riverfront property development. The name <a href="http://almono.org/">Almono</a> came from the three Pittsburgh rivers - the <strong>Al</strong>legheny, <strong>Mon</strong>ongahela, and the <strong>O</strong>hio.</p> <p> The Almono Partners envision a master-planned development, maximizing local and regional impact, as well as employing development and economic &quot;Best Practices&quot; from across the globe. &nbsp;Almono&#39;s focus on the long-term sustainability of the project is paramount to the planning effort. &nbsp;Environmental sustainability, including alternate sources of energy, storm and waste water management and transportation innovation are key components of the plan. &nbsp;The ownership&#39;s ability to be patient in terms of financial return, supports the Partnerships&#39; goal of avoiding piecemeal, uncoordinated, or disconnected development.</p> <p> Across the street from the Almono site sits Hazelwood. Hazelwood consists of four ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhoods: Hazelwood, Glenwood, Glen Hazel, and Riverside, or &ldquo;Below the Tracks.&rdquo; Hazelwood has never recovered from the closing of the mill facilities at Almono.&nbsp; The community has lost much of its population base, most of its business district and much of its sense of community.</p> <p> Working for <a href="http://www.ura.org/business_owners/powerup_pittsburgh.php">Power Up Pittsburgh</a> (a joint initiative of the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, CMU, Pitt, the URA and several other EDOs), a team of Heinz students took a hard look at both the potential economic impact of the plans for the site, and the extent to which the residents of these communities might benefit in terms of employment and proprietorship opportunities.&nbsp; They found a project with enormous economic potential which if realized would be a huge win for the City.&nbsp; They also found that without intentional planning and support by the Almono partnership and local government, little guaranteed that the residents of the Hazelwood would see jobs.</p> <p> The team began by generating and characterizing employment impacts from the development and operation of the site.&nbsp; Construction jobs were calculated from the planned square feet of land use (commercial/office, residential, industrial), the estimated construction cost per square foot, and estimates of construction &ldquo;job years&rdquo; via input-output analysis.&nbsp;</p> <p> The team then estimated aggregate on site employment using typical job density ratios for commercial, industrial or office space.&nbsp; As the tenants that will occupy the site is not yet known, the team consulted projected employment growth by industry from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, and identified a plausible set of industries that might be attracted to the Almono development site given projected trends and targeted industries.&nbsp;</p> <p> National industry-occupation matrices were then used to estimate what types (occupations) and number of positions these industries might generate.&nbsp; Occupations were then compared based on wages and educational requirements based on information from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.</p> <p> In terms of overall impact, the team found that the direct employment impact of a large development project would indeed be large.&nbsp; Based on their assumptions the twenty year build out would result in over 3,200 construction job years, and that once fully developed, the site would support over 3,800 direct jobs on site.&nbsp;</p> <p> The team also identified three other sources of increased economic activity from Almono that nearby communities might be able to tap, all of which were found to have large potential impacts.</p> <p> One source was expected &ldquo;first tier&rdquo; supplier-spending from firms on site.&nbsp; Spending was estimated by generating an estimate of sales based on projected employment levels, and using industry supplier spending patterns from input-output tables to generate supply purchase by industry.&nbsp; Based on their assumed scenario for Almono, the team found that the firms of Almono could require up to $8.2M in purchases in service and retail sectors that could plausibly locate or be located in the area (print shops, business support services, restaurants, etc.).&nbsp;</p> <p> A second source was ancillary spending of the 3,800 on site workers.&nbsp; Based on rough estimates of weekly worker spending, they calculated workers could bring up to $19M in additional annual spending to the Hazelwood area per year.&nbsp;</p> <p> Finally, the current vision plan for the development also calls for almost 1,400 additional housing units to be built on the Almono site, which could represent an increase in household spending.&nbsp; Since the extent to which these units will include affordable housing remains uncertain, the team constructed three scenarios for tenant mix.&nbsp; They then used ESRI Business Analyst&rsquo;s Tapestry geodemographic system to simulate spending patterns by lifestyle segment and patterns, and found that if were built and occupied, total residential spending power in the area could rise from $31M up to $80M.</p> <p> These increases in spending represent clear opportunities to bring back the business district in Hazelwood.&nbsp; But which types of retail would be most promising?&nbsp; To account for local competition, the team also conducted a gap analysis using Business Analyst, and found that even when competing shopping centers in the area were included, thirteen to twenty five categories of retail demand would not be met by the current retail landscape around Almono after the build out.&nbsp;</p> <p> The team then used ESRI&rsquo;s ArcView to develop a gravity model to estimate the proportion of demand that a grocery store in Hazlewood might capture from nearby competitors if one re-opened in Hazelwood (the area is currently effectively a food desert).</p> <p> The team also found that their estimates of employment and proprietorship opportunities are subject to great uncertainties.&nbsp; &nbsp;These include the extent to which the build out materializes, and the specific employment needs of the industries and firms attracted.&nbsp; But if Almono is built and occupied as planned, projections indicate the employment footprint will be large regardless of what kinds of industries locate there.&nbsp; Whether current local residents will be able to successfully capture the employment opportunities that result from this economic boom is another matter.</p> <p> For example, the team found that the national occupational structure for some of the industries that might land in Almono implied that a significant number of good paying, attainable entry level jobs could be generated by Almono.&nbsp; However, these numbers were based on &ldquo;average&rdquo; national occupational structures for the proposed industries, and for any specific firm, the number of accessible jobs might vary from near zero to many.&nbsp; To cite an extreme local case as an example, while Google&rsquo;s addition was undoubtedly a huge boon for the Bakery Square redevelopment and the ongoing wave of development in the East Liberty area, the firm does not employ significant numbers of residents (if any) from the neighborhood of Larimer.</p> <p> But if they do arrive, &ldquo;accessible&rdquo; employment opportunities at via Almono will still be open to the labor market.&nbsp; That means that local residents will still have to compete with job seekers near and far for plausibly attainable positions, even as would-be entrepreneurs in the community (whether experienced or green) will also have to compete with regional entrepreneurs and perhaps even national chains for the Almono retail and business services dollar.</p> <p> Given that market competition may limit the number of opportunities residents can seize, to what extent does public policy encourage &ldquo;some&rdquo; local employment near brownfield sites?&nbsp; To answer this question a literature review and interviews with personnel from the EPA, DCED, and other practitioner and academic SMEs was conducted. In the end they found that federal, state, and local policies and programs that foster industrial brownfield development do relatively little to ensure local employment.&nbsp; Even the local <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2013/01/10/ura-board-votes-pursue-tif-plan-for.html?page=all">TIF</a> enacted by the City of Pittsburgh to move the Almono plan forward, for example, contained no specific provisions for the employment of Hazelwood residents.&nbsp; That said the team also found that current policies do not forbid tools that could help, such as Community Benefit Agreements, if project stakeholders are willing to support them.</p> <p> Because of the Bakery Square case, the team was charged with taking a hard look at sole proprietorship opportunities as an avenue of employment for local residents.&nbsp; While it is clear that opportunities could emerge, it is less clear that supports are in place to help new, inexperienced entrepreneurs in the neighborhood to seize them.&nbsp; A literature review and set of interviews with a half dozen small business development programs in the region suggested that relatively little emphasis or specific programming was available or targeted at low income white or African American proprietors, with one exception: <a href="http://www.bridgewaycapital.org/">Bridgeway Capital</a>.</p> <p> The team&rsquo;s findings imply that if and as Almono succeeds, more will need to be done to see that local residents have a chance of connecting with the opportunities that arise.</p> <p> Special thanks to Power Up Pittsburgh for serving as the client for this project.&nbsp;&nbsp; Thanks also to the team&rsquo;s advisory board members from RIDC, the Hazelwood Initiative, the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Action Housing, Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Brownfields Center, World Class Industrial Networks, Bridgeway Capital, and the Office of (then) Councilman Bill Peduto.&nbsp;</p> <p> Members of the student team included Ahsan Ahmad, Zachary Best, Peter Brewton, Aneeq Cheema, Pat Gibson, Ethan Hayes, Stephanie Lagos, and Jamie Passinault.&nbsp; Greg Lagana of the Heinz College&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/ced">Center for Economic Development</a> served as faculty advisor.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1747Mon, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=3050photo

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Heinz Students Break Down Barriers to Urban Development in State Transportation Policieshttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1745]]><p> In 2002, four southwestern Pennsylvania foundations formed a limited partnership with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC), a non-profit private development organization as general partner, and purchased the 178 acre LTV Steel Hazelwood site. &nbsp;The partnership was convinced that this remarkable riverfront plateau offered a rare opportunity to set a new standard for urban riverfront property development. The name Almono came from the three Pittsburgh rivers - the Allegheny, Monongahela, and the Ohio.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="almono2" height="62" src="image.aspx?id=4355&amp;width=500&amp;height=62" width="500" /></p> <p> The Almono Partners envision a master-planned development, maximizing local and regional impact, as well as employing development and economic &quot;Best Practices&quot; from across the globe. &nbsp;Almono&#39;s focus on the long-term sustainability of the project is paramount to the planning effort. &nbsp;Environmental sustainability, including alternate sources of energy, storm and waste water management and transportation innovation are key components of the plan. &nbsp;The ownership&#39;s ability to be patient in terms of financial return, supports the Partnerships&#39; goal of avoiding piecemeal, uncoordinated, or disconnected development.</p> <p> There&rsquo;s just one problem.&nbsp; Permission for the planned development hinged on the results of a Traffic Impact Study required by PENNDOT.&nbsp; Based on the study results, PENNDOT drew the conclusion that the Almono development would generate enough vehicular traffic on an already congested corridor to require substantive mitigation, and that this should take the form of thirty million dollars in additional infrastructure investments for ramp lengthening and street widening to accommodate the additional automobile traffic.</p> <p> The Almono partnership politely disagreed and that&rsquo;s where Heinz College came in.&nbsp; RIDC teamed up with the College&rsquo;s Traffic 21 Smart Transportation Institute which led to an MSPPM student project to assess of PENNDOT&rsquo;s Transportation Impact Guidelines.&nbsp; Advised by consultant Richard Feder, and an advisory board that included representatives from the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Urban Development Authority of Pittsburgh, the Planning Department of the City of Pittsburgh, GAI Consultants, CMU&rsquo;s Remaking Cities Institute, BikePGH, the Hazelwood Initiative, and Traffic 21 and RIDC, the students took a hard look of the appropriateness of TIS guideless for urban mixed use developments and using Almono as a case study, found a variety of ways such policies could be improved.</p> <p> The team&rsquo;s work focused on policies and procedures for trip generation estimates for mixed use developments, modal split estimation and assumptions, and the scope of acceptable mitigation strategies.</p> <p> They began with a benchmarking of several state and large urban TIS guidelines.&nbsp; The review found that, in fairness to PENNDOT, many states appear to use similar guidelines, often relying on the same standardized methods and assumptions.&nbsp; For example, many state guidelines for trip generation rely on the Institute of Transportation Engineers&rsquo; (ITE) Trip Generation Manual.&nbsp; But common criticisms of the ITE are that its models are not sensitive to specific cases of mixed use developments, that they are dependent on data from suburban and exurban locations rather than urban sites, and that they only generate automobile traffic, not public transit, bicycle, or walking trips.</p> <p> Next, the team then identified some alternative approaches to develop trip generation and modal split estimates for the Almono development and ran some numbers.&nbsp; They settled on the EPA&rsquo;s Generation Tool for Mixed Use Developments (the MXD model), which among other advantages is sensitive to the land uses of mixed use development, and the potential interactions between them, (such that, for example, some shopping trips for residents on the site might be captured by retail on the site with a walk, rather than a drive to store elsewhere).&nbsp; MXD also produces trip generation estimates for public transit and walk/bike trips. For a full build out scenario of Almono, their first pass at the MXD tool indicated a 24% reduction in projected automobile traffic compared to the standard ITE approach.</p> <p> Then the team examined PENNDOT&rsquo;s guidelines for estimating the modal split of generated trips (auto, bicycle, transit, etc.).&nbsp; They found that PENNDOT allows the use of an array of general adjustment factors to account for the presence of conditions that might encourage increased transit or bike/walk trips such that vehicular traffic is reduced, and noted that PENNDOT&rsquo;s guidelines also allow for the use of transit studies (for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh only) to assess the likely effectiveness of case specific strategies to increase the use of alternative modes.&nbsp; Along those lines, based on an examination of data from the American Community Survey, projections from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, and real time data from Automatic Passenger Counter systems from Port Authority, the team reached two conclusions. One, the City and region are already achieving shares of alternative modes (walking, transit, bicycling) than are allowed for in the PennDOT guidelines. This directly indicates that current guidelines significantly overestimate automobile trips. Two, concrete steps to increase the use of transit to and from the site ought to be considered, including restoring bus service (cut back earlier this year as part of a system-wide retrenchment by Port Authority, limiting and charging for on site parking, and encouraging on site employers to partner with Port Authority for free transit pass programs.</p> <p> Finally, the team took a hard look at alternative mitigation strategies to the proposed $30 million in infrastructure required by PENNDOT, both based on the literature and the experience of three other successfully developed brownfield sites in the city: Southside Works, The Waterfront, and the recent Bakery Square development.&nbsp; One of their most remarkable discoveries, well known to all parties, was that the intersections in the area of the Almono site are already congested enough with auto traffic to warrant (under PENNDOT guidelines) substantive intervention&hellip;and construction has yet to begin!&nbsp; This raised interesting questions on the utility of past policies to prevent such congestion, and the fairness of requiring the partnership to pay for the congestion generated by past development.&nbsp; Using Google Live data, the partnership was able to assess the success of a range of traffic mitigation strategies (from cheap to expensive) at the Waterfront and Bakery Square brownfield sites, including signage, signalization, signal optimization, turning lanes new roads and extensions.&nbsp; In short, what they found is that more often that not, depending on the impacted intersection and time of day (AM/PM peak hours), years after both major developments were complete, levels of service (LOS&hellip;a.k.a congestion and waiting times)&nbsp; either held steady or marginally improved.&nbsp; This occurred in the presence of lower cost mitigation strategies, strong levels of transit service, and favorable conditions for pedestrian travel.</p> <p> Their final report included a warning that previous estimates of auto trip generation may be overstated, and the alternative mode split may be underestimated.&nbsp; In terms of traffic impact mitigation strategies for Almono, in addition to enhanced transit service, they recommended increased bicycle infrastructure, employer transportation management strategies, and complete street ordinances.&nbsp; The report concluded with an observation on public policy, that the City of Pittsburgh is empowered to adapt its own TIS guidelines if it wanted to.</p> <p> This system project is just one of several related to transportation policy in the Pittsburgh region that Heinz students have tackled.&nbsp; Other recent examples include &ldquo;Putting Intelligent Transportation to Work&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Community and Economic Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit&rdquo;, both for Port Authority of Allegheny County.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1745Mon, 29 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4354photo

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James Jordan Appointed to Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Associationhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1744]]><p> James Jordan, Distinguished Service Professor in Healthcare &amp; Biotechnology Management and Senior Director of Healthcare &amp; Biotechnology Programs at Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association.</p> <p> Jordan is an accomplished Fortune 20-level executive with experience in industry and consulting, along with his academic leadership at Heinz College. A recognized expert in translational innovation, market development and guiding the successful formation of entrepreneurial startup businesses in the Life Sciences Industry, Jordan joined the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) in 2005 and became Vice President and Chief Investment Officer in 2007. He is also a Managing Director of the PLSG Accelerator Fund, a for-profit venture formed by the PLSG.</p> <p> The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association was founded in 1982 to catalyze venture investment and entrepreneurialism in Western Pennsylvania.&nbsp; Through a wide range of programs, the PVCA facilitates quality deal flow, encourages investor collaboration, and fosters important relationships with key service providers. Every major regional venture capital firm is represented in its membership.&nbsp;</p> <p> Jordan&rsquo;s appointment to the PVCA is indicative of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s tradition of fostering and funding unique and innovative startups created by its students and alumni.&nbsp; Since 2013, CMU has launched 36 unique startups and more than 130 companies over the last 5 years, ranking first among U.S. universities without a medical school in the number of startup companies created per research dollar spent since 2007. In addition, CMU spinoffs represent more than a third of the total companies created in Pennsylvania based on university technologies during the past five years.</p> <p> &ldquo;Innovation and entrepreneurship are two things that I, as well as the rest of Carnegie Mellon University, work towards fostering in our students and alumni,&rdquo; said Jordan.</p> <p> &ldquo;With the experience I have at my disposal, it&rsquo;s important to be available to students in order to help them leverage a better future as the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow.&rdquo;</p> <p> As the Senior Director of the Healthcare Policy and Management program, Jordan oversees one of the nation&rsquo;s top-ranked (US News &amp; World Report) health programs, which offers concentrations in economics and policy, IT and operations, and management and organization.</p> <p> The MSHCPM program differentiates itself from schools of public health and healthcare administration by providing the highly marketable and transferable skills that employers demand. Heinz College graduates can be found working in leadership roles for organizations such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, MITRE, Cleveland Clinic, Ernst and Young, Aspen Advisors, FTI Consulting, Highmark, Johnson and Johnson, Partners Healthcare, SDLC Partners and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).</p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/faculty-details/index.aspx?faculty_id=163" target="_blank">More info about James Jordan &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> <a href="retCmsId=213" target="">More info about the MSHCPM program &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1744Mon, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4342photo

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Takeaways from China, the West, and the Alternative Energy Innovation Challengehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1742]]><p> On June 27<sup>th</sup>, 2014, the Peterson Institute for International Economics convened a panel of economic policy leaders on the global challenge of changing climate.&nbsp; The panel, which included <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/faculty-details/index.aspx?faculty_id=11" target="_blank">Lee Branstetter</a> (Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College), <a href="http://www.epp.cmu.edu/people/bios/morgan.html" target="_blank">M. Granger Morgan</a> (head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University), and Gilbert E. Metcalf, discussed the technological progress that has been made and the technical challenges that still limit the role of alternative energy in contemporary economies, including recent policy shifts in China, Europe, and the United States that have shaped the pace and trajectory of inventive effort and the impact of current trade disputes on the diffusion of alternative energy technologies.</p> <p> To meet the global challenge of a changing climate, the international community needs both effective promotion of alternative energy innovation and an open trade regime that allows unfettered access to the most cost effective alternative energy solutions from anywhere. Many nations, however, have encountered setbacks in their efforts to promote alternative energy innovation. Simultaneously, serious international trade disputes have arisen in this domain, many involving China, which has emerged as a major producer and exporter of solar and wind power hardware.</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;You could look at that and just say, &lsquo;Oh my lord,&rsquo; give up and go home,&rdquo; said Morgan. &ldquo;The point of showing you this picture is to say that we&rsquo;ve got to get started now. We should have started 20, 30 years ago but if we don&rsquo;t get started the slope of those lines just get steeper and steeper.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a very serious problem and we need to stop fooling around and get with it, or our children and grandchildren are not going to like the world we leave them.&rdquo;</p> <p> For Branstetter, there were several takeaways from the panel.&nbsp; First, the notion that alternative energy innovation is hard, since innovations will not come quickly or easily.&nbsp; Second, on the importance of advancing technology, Branstetter said, &ldquo;Technology push is not enough &ndash; we need demand pull.&nbsp; The Obama Administration&rsquo;s new carbon rules are a useful start, but much more will be needed to tilt the playing field in favor of low(er) carbon energy.&rdquo;</p> <p> Branstetter&rsquo;s third takeaway suggested that to enhance the competitiveness of alternative energy, we need to maintain open markets for alternative energy hardware.</p> <p> Branstetter, who joined Heinz College in 2006, has a joint appointment with the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of International Economics. From 2011-2012, he served as the Senior Economist for International Trade and Investment for the President&#39;s Council of Economic Advisors. His work has appeared in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of International Economics.</p> <p> <br /> Watch the entire panel here:</p> <object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/9TAE2Uiek6A?hl=en_US&amp;version=3"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/9TAE2Uiek6A?hl=en_US&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1742Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4339photo

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Ramayya Krishnan Reappointed Dean of Heinz Collegehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1743]]><p> This article originally appeared on <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2014/july/july17_krishnanreappointed.html" target="_blank">CMU.edu</a>.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/faculty-details/index.aspx?faculty_id=51">Ramayya Krishnan</a> (right), the W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of Carnegie Mellon University&#39;s <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx">H. John Heinz III College</a>.<br /> <br /> &quot;The Heinz College has done remarkably well this past five years in its educational and research missions, in its linkages to other parts of campus, its student quality, its success in faculty hiring and its fundraising. This, of course, is a credit to the entire Heinz College community, but the intellectual and managerial leadership of Krishnan has been an essential component,&quot; said Nathan Urban, CMU&#39;s interim provost and the Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences.<br /> <br /> Krishnan began his role as dean on July 1, 2009. He has been a member of the Heinz College faculty since 1988 and is a founding faculty member of the <a href="http://heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-information-systems-and-management/information-systems-management-mism/index.aspx">Master of Information Systems Management Program</a>. &quot;I am honored to be reappointed as dean,&quot; Krishnan said. &quot;Heinz College is an extraordinary institution. It has outstanding faculty and staff, highly motivated students and a dedicated group of alumni. I look forward to working with President Suresh, Interim Provost Urban, the leadership team at the university and the entire Heinz College community.&quot;</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1743Mon, 18 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=2729photo

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Master of Arts Management Student Goes Behind the Curtain at the Tony Awards®http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1741]]><p> When Kimmy Nguyen (MAM &rsquo;14) first started as an Advancement Intern with Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s <a href="http://cfa.cmu.edu/">College of Fine Arts</a> in the fall of 2013, she probably never dreamed that her internship would lead to her hanging out with Lucy Liu at the official after-party of a major entertainment award ceremony and network television broadcast. But that&rsquo;s exactly what happened on June 8, when Kimmy got a behind-the-scenes look at the 2014 <a href="http://www.tonyawards.com/index.html">Tony Awards&reg;</a> at <a href="http://www.radiocity.com/">Radio City Music Hall</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;I was one of the aisle captains during the show, which simply required making sure the nominees were seated and in the right seat for the cameramen when their award is being presented,&rdquo; said Nguyen. &ldquo;The actual broadcast was definitely more fast-paced than the dress rehearsal, because it was live and we would have one- or two-minute windows to make sure nominees were seated for their close-ups for each award.&rdquo;</p> <p> In April, Carnegie Mellon entered into a <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/tony-awards/">collaboration with the Tony Awards</a> as its first, exclusive higher education partner. Through her internship with the university, Nguyen had opportunities to work with Tony Productions in a variety of ways. In addition to her work as an aisle captain, Nguyen also helped with the ticketing process in the days leading up to the big show.</p> <p> &ldquo;I found out the general manager of the Tony Productions and his team needed an extra hand, so I came straight to New York not really sure what I was getting into, but open and willing to help out in any way,&rdquo; said Nguyen.</p> <p> That willingness to help paid off in more ways than one. Not only did Nguyen have a fun experience helping out at the show, she also earned an opportunity to work on future projects with Tony Productions. As part of the collaboration between Carnegie Mellon and the Tony Awards, the two organizations will jointly create and launch the first, national recognition program to honor kindergarten through high-school (K-12) theatre educators, and Nguyen will participate in the coordination of that launch as a consultant.</p> <p> In the meantime, she remains thrilled that she was able to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being a participant in Broadway&rsquo;s biggest night.</p> <p> &ldquo;I got to go to the gala afterwards, which was held at the Plaza Hotel,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It was really fun to see celebrities, nominees, and winners in a more relaxed setting. And the food and desserts were amazing!&rdquo;</p> <p> Founded in 1987, the Master of Arts Management (MAM) program at Carnegie Mellon University is designed to create innovative leaders in the visual and performing arts. The program combines rigorous finance, marketing, technology, and fundraising coursework with practical experience to prepare students to excel in a public, private or nonprofit arts environment. The MAM degree is offered through a joint partnership between the <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/index.aspx">Heinz College&rsquo;s School of Public Policy &amp; Management</a> and the <a href="http://cfa.cmu.edu/">College of Fine Arts</a>.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1741Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4332photo

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Master of Arts Management Program Hosts 27 National Arts Leaders for Forum on Arts Management Educationhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1740]]><p> <a href="retCmsId=188" target="">Master of Arts Management</a> (MAM) Program Director Kathryn Heidemann wanted to assess the degree to which her students utilize the knowledge and skills they acquire during their time at Carnegie Mellon University to make an impact on the field of arts management. So to begin her research, she went directly to some valuable sources: the leaders of influential arts organizations that are shaping the field today.</p> <p> &ldquo;The arts industry is constantly evolving, especially with regards to economic and structural realities, arts participation and engagement, and globalization of the cultural sector,&rdquo; said Heidemann. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s imperative that we continue to address industry shifts and anticipate these shifts before they happen. Although we internally review our program on an ongoing basis through student, faculty and alumni feedback, giving a voice to non-CMU affiliated external arts leaders provides us with an essential, objective point of view which not only tells us how we&rsquo;re doing, but how we&rsquo;re perceived.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img alt="mam_review1" src="image.aspx?id=4329&amp;width=600&amp;height=450" style="float: left; margin: 3px; width: 248px; height: 185px;" />On May 21, the MAM Program hosted 27 national and local arts leaders on campus to share their expertise at a day-long curricular program review. Along with MAM key faculty and staff members, the leaders gathered with a goal of updating knowledge of the needs of the field, reviewing current curriculum for gaps in classroom and experiential learning opportunities for students, refining the program&rsquo;s strategic vision, and discussing new directions in arts leadership as a whole.</p> <p> Program reviewers included senior leaders from the following organizations:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> &bull; Americans for the Arts<br /> &bull; Asian American Arts Alliance<br /> &bull; Association of Performing Arts Presenters<br /> &bull; Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge<br /> &bull; Dance/USA<br /> &bull; EmcArts Inc.<br /> &bull; International Society for the Performing Arts<br /> &bull; League of American Orchestras<br /> &bull; The Metropolitan Museum of Art<br /> &bull; National Arts Strategies<br /> &bull; New York Philharmonic<br /> &bull; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts<br /> &bull; Pomegranate Arts</td> <td> &bull; Roundabout Theatre Company<br /> &bull; Theatre Communications Group<br /> &bull; TRG Arts<br /> &bull; The Andy Warhol Museum<br /> &bull; Arts Consulting Group<br /> &bull; Carnegie Museum of Art<br /> &bull; Children&#39;s Museum of Pittsburgh<br /> &bull; City Theatre<br /> &bull; Elliott Marketing Group<br /> &bull; Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council<br /> &bull; The Heinz Endowments<br /> &bull; Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre<br /> &bull; The Pittsburgh Foundation<br /> &bull; Pittsburgh Opera</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> &ldquo;We are so grateful for the opportunity to receive such valuable feedback from so many esteemed colleagues who not only demonstrate a high level expertise in our field, but also a commitment to the future arts leaders of tomorrow,&rdquo; said Heidemann, who also serves as a board member for the Association of Arts Administration Educators. &ldquo;Ultimately, the outcomes of the session not only benefit our program, but will also have long-term benefits on the arts industry as our alumni disperse to arts organizations across the globe, armed with a skill set that the industry has told us they want.&rdquo;<img align="right" alt="mam_review2" height="186" src="image.aspx?id=4330&amp;width=248&amp;height=186" width="248" /></p> <p> Heidemann said that the program will refer to these recommendations when planning its curriculum for the fall 2014 semester and beyond.</p> <p> &ldquo;We can say with confidence that our program does, indeed, reflect and serve the current systems and practices within the field, in order to best prepare MAM students for their careers in arts industry.&rdquo;</p> <p> Founded in 1987, the Master of Arts Management (MAM) program at Carnegie Mellon University is designed to create innovative leaders in the visual and performing arts. The program combines rigorous finance, marketing, technology, and fundraising coursework with practical experience to prepare students to excel in a public, private or nonprofit arts environment. The MAM degree is offered through a joint partnership between the Heinz College&rsquo;s <a href="retCmsId=28" target="">School of Public Policy &amp; Management</a> and the <a href="http://cfa.cmu.edu/" target="_blank">College of Fine Arts</a>.</p> <p> <img align="middle" alt="mam_review3" height="111" src="image.aspx?id=4331&amp;width=640&amp;height=138" width="515" /></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1740Mon, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4328photo

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MSPPM Alumna Elected City Auditor for Portlandhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1739]]><p> Mary Hull Caballero, a Master of Public Policy Management (MSPPM &rsquo;06) alumna from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College, has been elected as City Auditor for Portland, Oregon.&nbsp; As City Auditor, Caballero&rsquo;s office will provide a variety of services, including performance audits, independent reviews of police activities, and other administrative investigations when citizens object to a municipal action taken against them.</p> <p> &ldquo;My fundamental responsibility is to question authority on behalf of the public,&rdquo; said Caballero.&nbsp; &ldquo;I want to use the tools that come with that office to make government work better for the people who pay for it and the people who are served by it.&rdquo;</p> <p> As City Auditor, Caballero says she&rsquo;ll first be focusing on three top priorities -bringing an equity analysis into the work and reports the office is doing, work improving communications with the public, and to be vigilant about protecting the independence of the office.</p> <p> Caballero credits her time and education at Heinz College for preparing her for her current role as City Auditor of Portland.&nbsp; With a focus on quantitative coursework in a supportive environment, Caballero calls Heinz &ldquo;the perfect fit&rdquo; for preparing to take on a leadership role in the public sector.</p> <p> &ldquo;I got everything out of Heinz that I came for and more,&rdquo; said Caballero. &ldquo;I found a supportive environment, challenging coursework, and good people.</p> <p> &ldquo;Heinz increased my understanding of the theoretical foundations of economics, public finance, and urban policy,&rdquo; continued Caballero. &ldquo;It introduced me to a variety of analytical methods, and most important, their shortcomings.</p> <p> Caballero will use her knowledge to lead a staff of 50 employees when she takes office in January 2015.</p> <p> &ldquo;The world needs people who can apply analytical skills to difficult problems and create meaningful solutions,&rdquo; said Caballero.</p> <p> &rdquo;Heinz helped me become one of those people.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong><a href="retCmsId=134" target="">More info about the MSPPM Priogram &gt;&gt;</a></strong></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1739Mon, 09 Jul 2014 11:24:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4325photo

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Alum Sumit Chowdhury On His Career After Heinz and His New Bookhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1738]]><p> Sumit Chowdhury, a Ph.D. alumni (HNZ &rsquo;98) from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College, started his career as a consultant with KPMG in 1997 and had a rapid rise to become a Partner in 5 years. He is currently a President with Reliance Jio Infocom. He joined there as the CIO of the new 4G-Broadband start-up of Reliance Industries, one of India&rsquo;s largest business houses.&nbsp; Soon after, he moved to a business-facing role as the President of the Enterprise Business, where he currently looks after the design of the telecom and digital services that will be sold to other businesses and governments.&nbsp; Chowdhury&rsquo;s career has been diverse and he credits his time at Heinz College with getting him to where he is today.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was an extraordinary interdisciplinary program that allowed me to be creative and solve problems in my own way,&rdquo; said Chowdhury.&nbsp; &ldquo;The open and collaborative approach to solving complex problems made for a unique educational experience.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;I remember how I enjoyed every course that I took,&rdquo; continued Chowdhury. &ldquo;I fondly remember all my advisors over the years, George Duncan, Stephen Roehrig, Ramayya Krishnan, Rema Padman, Cathleen Karley, David Krackhardt, V Arunachalam and their patient tolerance of my naivety in those days as I matured as an independent thinker&rdquo;.</p> <p> That support led Chowdhury to a great deal of success in his early professional life.&nbsp; Chowdhury has worked in leadership roles in Reliance Industries, IBM, Reliance ADAG, BearingPoint and KPMG in US, Australia and India, as well as supporting various philanthropic causes involving education and children.</p> <p> &ldquo;I have been successful very early in my life because I always make an attempt to see the larger picture and understand the significance of my actions before I do them,&rdquo; said Chowdhury. &ldquo;This requires me to see the forest from the trees and also to look at large problems and structure the unstructured problem. The Ph.D curriculum at Carnegie Mellon has certainly helped in a big way to sharpen this mindset.</p> <p> &ldquo;The multi-disciplinary education at Heinz College always makes me think of bringing in solutions from different domains when I am trying to solve a problem.&rdquo;</p> <p> Chowdhury has used all of his experiences to write his new book, &#39;Rules of the Game&#39;, which was recently released in all the four metros in India, promoted through various industry bodies.</p> <p> &quot;Rules of the Game&quot; is intended for graduating students, young professionals and everyone in the corporate workforce who wants to speed up their career by internalizing certain concepts faster than others. The concepts are discussed using the author&#39;s own experiences and the experiences and insights from many extremely successful professionals captured by spending time through face-to-face interviews and through online interactions asking then what is it that they wished they knew when they were 22 years old.</p> <p> &ldquo;The motivation to write this book came from my interactions with thousands of young professionals who have worked with me in the past and trying to get into their shoes and see that the challenges they were facing in today&rsquo;s hyper-competitive work places,&rdquo; said Chowdhury.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;It is my sincere attempt to make a contribution to the minds of my readers on living their early careers consciously, being aware of the game they are playing and understanding their contribution to the world. &ldquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://sumitchowdhury.com/">More info on Sumit Chowdhury &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.rulesofthegame.in/">More info on &lsquo;Rules of the Game&rsquo; &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-and-research/doctoral-program/index.aspx">More info on the Ph.D. Program &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1738Mon, 01 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=4318photo

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