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New courses added for Winter Term 2011:

The Smart Grid: New Challenges, New Opportunities

This year’s course is designed to be relevant and timely to both newcomers and course alumni from the first two years. So much is changing, so rapidly, in the Smart Grid world, involving key public policy, business, and technology dimensions. Recent developments include: new, proposed national standards developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the fast-evolving Smart Grid demonstration project by Pacific Northwest Regional Labs/BPA and this summer’s opening, by the Oregon Public Utility Commisison (PUC), of a formal docket for Smart Grid planning and policy purposes.  This winter’s "New Challenges, New Opportunities" course will continue to use the well-received, cross-disciplinary approach that allows students to deepen their specific areas of expertise with specialized faculty and work on projects in interdisciplinary teams with other graduate students and mid-career professionals from many different backgrounds.

Water Resource Policy and Administration

Reviews the history, policies, institutions, science, economics, and politics involved in understanding and managing water resources in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the West.  Examines policy history leading to the present institutional and legal arrangements for the administration and regulation of water uses, water rights, water development, and water quality, at the federal, state, regional, tribal and local levels.  Examines the evolution and interweaving of purposes in water resource policies and administration, including economic development, anti-speculation, privatization, human health protection, fish and wildlife mitigation, ecosystem health, ecosystem services and more, exploring recent efforts to integrate these distinct issues through "watershed" approaches to land and water management. A major theme is the problem of developing and implementing coherent water policies in a policy arena which has divided authority, plural traditions, and multiple resource and social issues. The class concludes with a particular focus on the Willamette River Basin, in which it is possible to find nearly all of the major issues in water resources policy and administration.


Japanese Municipal Officers Visit the Multnomah Neighborhood Association

Special guests from Japan visited the Multnomah Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting in August to see community involvement happen first-hand.  The group was part of the Japanese Municipal Government Officer's training programs ponsored by Portland State University's Executive Leadership Institute, part of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, and the Tokyo Foundation.  The weeklong professional business development program included lectures given by local government officials, visits to public meetings, local businesses, and nonprofits, and discussion sessions.

According to Masami Nishishiba, Portland State University professor and assistant director of the program, "One of the key themes of the training this year was public involvement," and many participants opted to attend a number of local neighborhood association meetings.

Read the full article at:

Japanese Visitors Attend Neighborhood Association Meeting - SW Portland Post, September 2010

Also see:

Multnomah Neighborhood Report (page 12) - Southwest Neighborhood News, September 2010

Japanese Municipal Government Officer's Training Program - Tokyo Foundation Website