Director's Welcome

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 the Public Service Symposium series, which will launch in September 2016. This bi-annual series will inform elected officials, practicing professionals, scholars, students, and members of the public about important issues in public service; it will also celebrate public service and those who choose it as a profession. Other events include policy symposia, summits, roundtables, and workshops on critical issues facing the Kansas City region and the nation.

We also serve to advance scholarship and practice in urban affairs through publications that include our Issue Brief and Action Brief series, as well as special reports and a working paper series. The Issue Brief series provides concise information on policy issues, while the Action Brief series provides information on promising practices for addressing issues facing the Kansas City region and other communities.

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

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