The Taubman Center for State and Local Government is thrilled to announce its second annual post-graduate economic development fellowship. This year, the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will be the host agency, located in Denver, CO. 


To honor the many contributions of beloved retired HKS Professor José Antonio “Tony” Gómez-Ibáñez to the study, practice, and personal lives of public servants in transportation, transit, and infrastructure policy, the HKS Taubman Center announces the Tony Gómez-Ibáñez Summer Fellowship. 


Rodrick Miller, one of the nation’s foremost economic development leaders, has been named a visiting fellow at the Taubman Center. 


Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval made history in November 2021 as the first Asian American to be elected to lead his city. When it came time to put together his transition team, he turned to the Taubman Center's Transition Term for help.

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The Taubman Center convenes thought leaders and Harvard faculty, staff, and students to drive progress on emerging state and local issues. From urban mobility and economic development to education and government performance, we support and disseminate world-class research and solutions to help state and local policymakers reach better, data-driven decisions.

The Rappaport Institute is analyzing the impact of Chelsea Eats, a guaranteed income pilot program launched by the City of Chelsea in September 2020 to support Chelsea residents during the COVID-19 crisis. 


This policy brief from the Government Performance Lab outlines key insights to help communities develop pathways that identify individuals in need of mental or behavioral health support and divert them from jail or emergency rooms to an appropriate healthcare center. 

The Taubman Center generates ideas and solutions to state and local government challenges through a variety of initiatives and programs. Learn more about the Autonomous Vehicles Policy Initiative, the Government Performance Lab, the Program on Crisis Leadership, the Program on Education Policy and Governance, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. 

State and local governments need talented young leaders who are passionate about finding solutions to the policy challenges that cities, counties, and states face. Through experiential learning opportunities, fellowships, and career mentorship, the Taubman Center helps connect students who are dedicated to state and local work with governments that need their support.

Transition Term embeds HKS students in the offices of newly-elected mayors, governors, and county officials during January Term to help these officials accelerate key initiatives as they shift from campaigning to governing.


This monthly non-credit seminar for HKS students convenes leading economic development thinkers and doers from around the country to engage on state, county, and city best practices and shared challenges. 


Student-led, Taubman Center supported treks allow HKS students to meet state and local leaders in cities and towns across the country and explore how these communities approach policymaking. 


We connect state and local governments with students  as part of a Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE), the capstone experience for HKS's MPP curriculum. PAE students are also eligible for the Taubman Urban Prize. 

A unique opportunity puts HKS students front and center in Boston government

Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s team looked to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Taubman Center for State and Local Government to assist with a fast and highly visible transition.


State and local governments need support in order to make progress addressing issues such as homelessness, child poverty, criminal recidivism, and more. At the Taubman Center, we work with state and local leaders to help share best practices, spread ideas, and implement solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

Taubman Center Events

The Taubman Center regularly convenes policymakers, thought leaders, faculty, and students for events on state and local government issues. Click here to learn about upcoming Taubman events. 

GPL's Stimulus Learning Series

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for governments to address the systemic inequities laid bare by the pandemic and reshape the public systems that support vulnerable families. The GPL hosted a series of learning sessions with state and local governments, seeking to better understand how they intend to use ARPA to drive impact in areas such as benefits & economic mobility, workforce, early childhood, and more. Access the learning series here.