SSU to host “Savannah Policy and Planning Debates”

The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Savannah State University, will host “Savannah Policy and Planning Debates,” a public service program featuring local policy and development professionals as guest lecturers. Classes are free and open to the community and will be held weekly through April starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2012, at the Coastal Georgia Center.

Professionals who serve as guest lecturer will teach the class about critical urban problems and associated policy debates. Topics will range from fair housing and poverty alleviation to transportation planning and minority and women’s business development. Confirmed guest lecturers include former Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson; Daniel Dodd of Step-Up Savannah; Janice Sheffield of the Authority for the Homeless; Tom Thomson of the Metropolitan Planning Commission; Chadwick Reese of Chatham Area Transit; and Wayne Dawson of the Savannah Chatham County Fair Housing Council, among others.

“Savannah Policy and Planning Debates” is intended to be a public service program that gives the community an opportunity to explore and discuss urban problems and solutions across a variety of political and policy perspectives.

Students in the course will include professionals from the non-profit, private and public sectors, as well as graduate students and faculty members. January course schedule: Jan. 15 Affordable Housing Development with Dana Ingram, executive director, JC Vision and Associates. Jan. 22: Transportation Planning with Chadwick Reese, executive director, Chatham Area Transit

For more information, contact Nicole Oretsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at 912-358- 3217 or

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