Your Input is Needed

The Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA), in partnership with the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), is conducting this survey to hear from you—DAPA members and stakeholders in Delaware—to inform the Memos to Leaders project. 

We want to know what you think are the most important policy issues for local and state leaders as they begin their time in office.

Please participate in our short, anonymous survey by clicking here. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

The purpose of the Memos to Leaders initiative is to inform newly elected leaders as they assume office at the beginning of 2017. If you would like more information about this initiative, you can read about it on ASPA's PA Times.

Please contact Angie Kline,, if you have any questions. We appreciate your input!

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ASPA Chapter/Section Meeting

ASPA’s National Council for the Chapter and Section Leadership Meeting was held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Angie Kline, a PhD student in the urban affairs and public policy program at the University of Delaware and Student Representative for the ASPA National Council, was in attendance as the Delaware representative. 

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Apply to Become an ASPA Founders’ Fellow

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes the current and future accomplishments of the next generation of those committed to public service, whether in the academic or practitioner communities, or both. The applicants for this fellowship will demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and professional promise. All application packets are due to American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) by Friday, October 14, 2016. Please note that you do not have to be a current ASPA member to apply.

Founders’ Fellows receive complimentary attendance to the ASPA Annual Conference where they present their research; an exclusive mentorship with senior mentors who are matched with them based on academic and professional interests; tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs; and personal and professional development through their senior mentor match. 

To access the application form, visit ASPA's website.


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2017 American Society for Public Administration Conference

aspa-2017-conference.jpgThe American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) 2017 Annual Conference is taking place on March 17-21, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme is “Saluting the Public Service: A Bold and Noble Profession.”

The discount early-bird registration rate expires October 31! Register on ASPA's website today.

ASPA is looking for papers, panels, and workshops that will showcase this year’s theme. Proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference must be submitted by Friday, September 23, 2016. There are eleven tracks that offer a variety of choices for how you can present your knowledge and expertise in March. More information about each of the tracks can be found on ASPA’s website. ASPA’s Presenters’ Guidelines to help you shape the perfect proposal can also be found on the website. 

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2016 Northeast Conference on Public Administration

necopa-2016-logo.pngThe 2016 Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) will take place on November 11-13, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme for this year’s conference is “Public Administration in the Era of Collaboration.”

The 2016 NECoPA is hosted by the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg and is a great opportunity for academics, practitioners, and students to gather and exchange their research and praxis regarding collaboration. Awards will be presented to the best academic paper, practitioner paper, and student paper. 

Visit the NECoPA website for more information.  

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Now Accepting Applications for the DAPA Outstanding Student Public Service Award

Additional information about the student public service awardThe DAPA Outstanding Student Public Service Award is presented each year to a graduate student who best exemplifies the caliber of achievement necessary for a successful public service career. The $500 award is presented at DAPA’s Awards Dinner Meeting, which will be held December 15, at Buena Vista Conference Center in New Castle, Del.

Applications are due October 12, 2016. Visit the Student Public Service Award page for more information.  

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Save the Date for DAPA's Annual Awards Dinner

The Annual Dinner will take place on December 15.Mark your calendar to celebrate public service in Delaware at DAPA’s Annual Awards Dinner!

The dinner will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Buena Vista Conference Center in New Castle, Del.

To view photos from past annual dinners, visit DAPA's Flickr page.

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DAPA’s 2016 Third Thursday Events

This summer, DAPA hosted another round of successful Third Thursday networking events!

DAPA’s first Third Thursday event was held on Thursday, June 16, 2016. J. Michael Bowman, Associate Director for the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovations & Partnerships and State Director for the Delaware Small Business Development Center presented Stimulating Invention, Enabling Innovation, Forging Partnerships, and Creating Jobs.

The second Third Thursday event was held on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Kimberly A. Reinagel-Nietubicz, Chief of Fiscal and Policy Analysis for the Office of the Controller General, discussed trends and issues related to the State's budgeting and financial processes.

The final Third Thursday event was held on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Linda Ratchford, President of the City of New Castle City Council, presented Progress and Politics in New Castle: A Council President's Perspective.


Kimberly A. Reinagel-Nietubicz discusses state budgeting issues at DAPA's July Third Thursday event.

Kimberly A. Reinagel-Nietubicz discusses state budgeting issues at DAPA's July Third Thursday event.
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Upcoming Events

Please join us July 21 for the next Third Thursday at UD.

Our featured speaker is Kimberly A. Reinagel-Nietubicz, Chief of Fiscal and Policy Analysis for the Office of the Controller General, State of Delaware.

Third Thursdays take place at the University of Delaware’s Speakeasy, 44 Kent Way, Newark, DE 19716, from 5-7 p.m.

Register for this event on DAPA's events page.

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Member Recognition

lexi-west.jpgLexi West has been selected as a 2017 Legislative Fellow through the state legislature's partnership with the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration. Through this program, Lexi will research policy, develop legislation, staff committee meetings, and provide general assistance to her assigned caucus. Her work will begin when the state legislature reconvenes in January 2017. 

Lexi is currently completing her Master of Public Administration degree during her fourth year at the University of Delaware, where she graduated in May 2016 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Political Science. After completing her work as a Legislative Researcher with UD's Office of Government Relations in the coming weeks, Lexi will travel to New Hampshire to work for Governor Maggie Hassan's campaign for Senate. Her past experience includes serving as a legislative intern, research assistant, teaching assistant, and holding leadership positions on campus.  

As a Delaware native, Lexi has a strong passion for improving the lives of Delaware citizens and serving their interests through the crafting of meaningful and effective policy. 

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Call for Articles

Do you have an idea for an article that you'd like to submit to ASPA's PA Times Editorial Board? Review the monthly topic areas and submission deadlines, and consider submitting an article idea!

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Public Service Stories Project

This project highlights the nobility of public service through real-life stories captured on video. It's the antithesis of the anti-government diatribe so prominently featured in the mass media. View the 23 individual interviews on YouTube.