About Us

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The mission of the L.P. Cookingham Institute is to improve understanding of the sustainability of urban regions through research, educational programing, and community engagement. The Cookingham Institute also seeks to engage the UMKC community on issues related to urban and regional sustainability and to promote interdisciplinary research on urban topics.

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Cookingham Institute for Urban Affairs. The Cookingham Institute is the means by which the Bloch School of Management supports research and teaching directed at improving our understanding of the factors affecting the fiscal and social sustainability of urban regions. The Greater Kansas City region provides an important context for our work, but the Institute is focused on producing knowledge relevant to urban regions across the country. In keeping with the Bloch School's commitment to research and education on entrepreneurship and innovation, a special focus of the Institute is on understanding innovation in the public sector.

The Institute is named in honor of L.P. Cookingham, the long-time city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, and a leader in the city management profession for decades. Beginning in 2014, the Institute will commence the L.P. Cookingham Lecture, an annual program featuring a national expert on urban and regional issues.

The Institute is part of the Department of Public Affairs at UMKC's Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree offered by the Bloch School is one of the oldest public administration degree programs in the country and is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Dr. David Renz
Director, L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs
Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership
Chair, Department of Public Affairs

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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