Congratulations to the members of the Planning and Economic Development Club (PEDC) for their second place win at the “Georgia Students for Public Administration” case competition at the University of Georgia. The team competed against three other UGA teams and won a $200 cash prize in February.
Members of the award-winning team are Philip Garnett (B.S. in Economics), Reyyan Acar (M.A in Economics), Bauyrzhan Yedgenov (Ph.D in Economics), and Rena Rzayeva (M.A. in Public Policy). The team’s collective interests include poverty alleviation, economic development, fiscal decentralization, economic growth, urban growth and public finance.
For the competition, “We had to create a case though writing a memo and approve or deny the application for a loan for a nonprofit,” says Garnett, who is also president of the PEDC.
The team’s presentation addressed policy issues in general and the financial allocation or investments in the nonprofit field. The broader goal was how to evaluate the policy issues and to form a policy around different situations that arise in the community.
“The strength of our presentation was our extensive financial evaluation of the tax docs publicly available,” says Yedgenov. “It gave an implication of the financial health of the organization. Our participation gave us a good opportunity to show how strong we are in policy studies and to network with other economic development professionals.”
“I’m very pleased with the accomplishment of our Planning and Economic Development Club student team,” says Cathy Yang Liu, assistant professor and faculty advisor for the PEDC. “This demonstrates our students’ policy competence as compared to their peers in other programs, as well as the momentum in this important policy concentration.”