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Anne WilliamsonWelcome to the L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs in the Department of Public Affairs of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. We appreciate your taking the time to get to know us.

The Institute is named for long-time Kansas City, Missouri, manager L.P. Cookingham. Long recognized as a leader in the city management profession, the late Mr. Cookingham's commitment to public service continues to inspire us in all we do.

We are a community-engaged university research center providing expertise to the Kansas City region and beyond on issues of urban policy and management. In keeping with the Bloch School's focus on management and entrepreneurship, we seek opportunities for research and service that build on our foundation in action-oriented policy analysis, policy design, policy implementation, and program evaluation. Our work also supports the education mission of the Bloch School by providing graduate assistantships and other opportunities for enhanced student learning in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offered by the Department of Public Affairs.

Our activities include research and strategic support for the Kansas City Bi-State Council on Youth Homelessness and research and technical assistance for Impact KCK and other community programs working to end homelessness among students and their families throughout our region. We also provide research support and technical assistance for expanding the region's affordable housing opportunities and have contributed to planning and community engagement efforts to affirmatively further fair housing in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

We regularly host events such as the Community Service Symposium Series launched in May 2018, policy roundtables, community strategic planning sessions, and workshops. We enhance the education of UMKC Master of Public Administration (MPA) students and other UMKC students through opportunities to participate in applied research projects, internships, graduate assistantships, and workshops. Further, we are a resource for UMKC students exploring public service as a calling and as a critical component of democratic society.

Finally, the Cookingham Institute contributes to well-informed policy debate and action through several publication series. The Issue Brief series provides concise information on policy issues facing the Kansas City region and beyond, while the Action Brief series provides evidence-based recommendations for effective practice in addressing policy issues. The Special Report series provides in-depth analysis and recommendations for issues in urban policy and management.

Check back often to stay abreast of new publications and upcoming events.

Anne R. Williamson, Ph.D.,
Director and Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Professor of Urban Affairs
Email | 816-235-5177

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2215

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