ABOUT THE PROJECT
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the only service that reaches almost every U.S. household in every neighborhood nearly every day. As the USPS evolves in an increasingly digital world there are numerous opportunities to enhance core services to benefit communities. With over 35,000 facilities strategically located near where people live - this project seeks to consider where, and how facilities can incorporate complementary activities to benefit the health, resilience, and prosperity of communities.
OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT
In January 2018 an interdisciplinary collaboration at Carnegie Mellon University grounded in the Heinz College of Public Policy commenced a multi-phased assessment of linking USPS locations with place-based community development activities in a first of a kind exploration.
PHASE 1: HEINZ CAPSTONE PROJECT
Heinz Capstone Projects Serve as an experiential, project based synthesis of the full Heinz College curriculum for masters students of public policy and information systems. This initiative kicked off with a comprehensive systems evaluation by six Masters students in the spring of 2018 outlining policy parameters and a range of solutions to both optimize core postal services and community benefit. See the team’s synopsis and final report here.