Established in 1999, the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) is housed within the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and serves as a University resource for faculty and graduate students interested in state, local, and urban policy. Through research, teaching, and outreach involving academic researchers and policy practitioners, CLOSUP's mission is to foster society's understanding of the problems facing states, cities, and metropolitan areas and to seek effective solutions to them. CLOSUP serves as a focal point for research and teaching on state, local, and urban policy within the Ford School and across the University of Michigan. It functions as an information clearinghouse for academics, policymakers, students, the media, and the public. It provides resources and creates new opportunities for scholars to conduct state-of-the-art policy relevant social science research. And it works to establish effective mechanisms of communication between academic researchers and the policymakers dealing with today's state, local, and urban policy problems.
CLOSUP's activities are comprised of three major components: research, teaching, and information dissemination/outreach. The following links present more information: