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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

State and Local Policy Program
The State and Local Policy Program focuses on transportation and economic development. Recent activity includes research and public education on congestion pricing, rural vitality, industry clusters, corridor design, rural safety, and transportation technology.

SLPP is...

Shaping public policy to benefit people and communities.

History + Vision

  • As a graduate school of public policy and planning, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs exemplifies the University's land grant mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The State and Local Policy Program (SLPP) was founded in 1991 to increase the Humphrey School's commitment to state and local policy issues. SLPP helps policy leaders and citizens understand how changes in the global economy, technology, and the workplace affect communities by:

    Convening to increase discussion and awareness of policy issues
    Contributing to produce and integrate new information, ideas, and approaches
    Changing to enhance and apply public policy that addresses community needs

SLPP is currently undertaking a significant initiative for the State of Minnesota examining the relationship between transportation policy and economic competitiveness. Please visit the TPEC (Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness page for further information.

Research Priorities

SLPP undertakes projects in four major policy areas:

  • Transportation and the Community
  • Economic Development and Human Capital
  • Rural Safety
  • Telecommunications


  • Over the years, SLPP has garnered a national and international reputation for research and educational work on transportation and the environment, telecommunications and transportation, and congestion pricing and for public policy studies on economic development, including pioneering work on the industry clusters strategy.

  • The Minnesota Department of Transportation established an investment analysis office based on the recommendation of an SLPP report. And Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have used an industry cluster approach, based on SLPP's industry cluster studies, to align curriculum with changing industry workforce needs.

Meet Lee Munnich

Humphrey School Senior Fellow and Director of the State & Local Policy Program

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Contact State and Local Policy Program

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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