Public Policy Institute

The WCU Public Policy Institute aims to empower the Western North Carolina region to effectively manage real policy problems by mobilizing students, community leaders, faculty, and citizens to discuss and develop viable policy options to create more effective policies.

Our Goals

  • To help students to become active participants in their communities.
  • To improve public policy in the region by conducting rigorous research on major issues and making it available and understandable to a practitioner audience.
  • To exercise policy leadership in the region.
  • To obtain resources to carry out the mission of the institute, and to attract dedicated students, faculty, and staff to assist in carrying out the mission.

Current Projects

Our current PPI projects include:

- the 2015 LoGoS (Local Government Survey), an annual survey of all municipal and county governments in North Carolina on an issue of relevance in the field;

- the WNC Food Policy Council, a network of more than 200 food producers and food security agencies in the seven western counties of North Carolina;

- a survey of downtown Sylva residents, business owners, and consumers to gather data for economic development;

- the 2014-2015 North Carolina Nonprofits Survey, an annual survey of nonprofits in the state on an issue of relevance in the field; and

- preparation for the educational events and seminars which we host on campus in the fall and spring semesters.

The PPI In the News

Appalachian Farm School Coverage: The Sylva Herald

Appalachian Farm School Coverage: WCQS

Asheville Citizen-Times Debate Coverage

Hendersonville Times-News Debate Coverage

WLOS Debate Coverage

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