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Mountain City Planning Challenge
Students at the University of Tennessee (UT) will assess the use of a local planning challenge competition as a tool for leadership and capacity building programs by conducting a challenge competition in Johnson County, Tennessee. UT is currently developing a new concept for leadership education in rural high schools, Leadership Education and Public Service (LEAPS), which adapts a STEM- or STEAM-based learning model to the development of public service careers. Students in this ATP course will create a local LEAPS-type competition, the Mountain City Planning Challenge, in Johnson County, Tennessee.
The Challenge will partner UT students with teams from Johnson County High School to develop plans for a common local planning issue. Each team will develop and evaluate a different concept for the site, examining case studies and best practices, reviewing local codes and guidelines, estimating costs, and reviewing funding sources. UT students will relate project tasks to leadership development concepts and possible careers in public service.
Tim Ezzell, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
University of Tennessee
UT Conference Center, Suite 311
Knoxville, TN 37996-4134
Telephone: (865) 974-9036