Submissions due October 26.


Philadelphia, September 16, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the Fall 2015 Public Policy Case Competition to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Greater Philadelphia region. The bi-annual competition, sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and CampusPhilly, provides students with an opportunity to participate in the public policy process and engage with local leaders, professionals and experts.  Students should submit a response to the following prompt:

What is your vision for Philadelphia in 2020 and what one thing can the City of Philadelphia do to accomplish that vision?

“The Greater Philadelphia region is home to 101 colleges and universities and thousands of bright, ambitious college students.  We need their perspective, talent and knowledge to continue to grow and move forward in the 21st century,” said Mayor Nutter.  “This prompt, which asks the future leaders of our great city what is their vision for the future of Philadelphia and how do we achieve it, calls for innovative and insightful ideas.  I want to encourage college students to submit a proposal and I look forward to learning more about your ideas.”

The Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination will select four finalists from the submitted proposals. Teams must consist of two to five students and proposals must be submitted to by 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2015.

Once selected, the four finalists will present their proposal before a panel of judges at City Hall on November 13, which will be followed by a reception for all finalists and the announcement of the winning team.

“As always, we are excited to partner with the city for this unique event” said Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly and three-time panel judge of the competition. “This semester’s competition will provide a platform for students to share their vision for what they would like to see this dynamic city accomplish within the next five years.”

The members of the judging panel for the Fall 2015 Competition are:

  •  Dr. Ted Corbin, Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Drexel University and Director, Healing Hurt People;
  • Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network;
  • Kate Houstoun, Program Officer, The Barra Foundation;
  • Romana Lee-Akiyama, Director of Grantmaking and Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, Women’s Way;
  • Bob Moul, Chairman, Philly Startup Leaders, Technology Executive and Entrepreneur; and
  • Joy Soto, Executive Director, Philadelphia Youth Commission.

“Submit your ideas! The Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition gives college students a unique opportunity to impact local government by giving creative solutions to public policy challenges,” added Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy for the City of Philadelphia.

The winning team will present their proposal to Mayor Nutter, as well as receive tickets to a Philadelphia 76ers game in the Mayor’s Box. All four finalist teams will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Mayor.

The Case Competition is being managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination. Requests for further information should be directed to  A copy of the prompt and submission criteria are attached.

 View Public Policy Case Competition 

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