IU Center Celebrates 10 Years of Focus on Urban Policy, Environmental Issues

January 08, 2003

From community safety and riverboat gambling to property tax issues and the economic impact of the arts and sports, the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has spent the last 10 years working to improve the quality of life for residents of central Indiana.

''The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) created the Center in 1992 with an award of general support from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and other support from the university,'' said Center Director Greg Lindsey. ''Our goal has been to become a world-class research center on urban policy and environmental issues, and we are dedicated to accomplishing this goal in a nonpartisan and non-ideological way.'' Over the years, the Lilly Endowment has provided three awards totaling more than $15 million to help support the center.

Located at IUPUI as part of SPEA, the Center is one of the largest university-based urban policy programs in the country in terms of staff size. In addition to faculty members who work through the Center, the organization has a staff of 12 professionals, 12 SPEA graduate students and support personnel. ''We have the staff to compete with other research centers and small consulting firms,'' Lindsey explained in noting that the center has brought in more than $22 million in grant projects during its 10 years.

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