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Plan-Off 2016! – Real Challenges, Real Solutions

Plan off! 2016
Plan off! 2016

By Pamela Stallsmith

The Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) students will face off in the fifth annual Plan-Off on Friday, April 29.

This year’s event — Plan-Off 2016! Real Challenges. Real Solutions. — will take place at the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Virginia Housing Center, 4224 Cox Rd. in Glen Allen, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Thirteen students will compete for a prize by pitching their solution to a real-world planning, public policy or management problem before a panel of expert judges. Each student will have three minutes to present his or her plan, which will advance through a series of rounds until a champion is named.

This year’s plans cover a variety of topics in eastern Virginia, from extending bus service in Richmond to promoting tourism in eastern Henrico County to redevelopment in Stafford.

“The Plan-Off allows our students to showcase the skills they have developed to a panel of professionals,” said Dr. Meghan Gough, chair of the Urban and Regional Studies/Planning program. “The MURP program blends both theory and real-world experience to give students the knowledge they need to successfully pursue their interests.”