Congratulations on being accepted to participate at the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Site Competition on February 24, 2018.

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Your Site Leader:
Joseph Hacker, Clinical Associate Professor, Georgia State University (GSU),

Your Technical Leader:
Amber Slyter, Academic Specialist – PMAP Dept., GSU,

Introducing your Site Judges:

Please find below pertinent information about the student networking session on February 23 and travel and lodging. Students please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) is honored to host the Southeastern Regional competition for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Batten Student Simulation Competition. Events will run Friday evening February 23 and Saturday February 24, 2018.

February 23 Welcome Reception:
There will be a social event on Friday February 23, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the AYSPS Policy Hub to foster productive collaboration. Student participants should plan to attend in order to get to know each other and to relax before getting down to the business of the simulation. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided and afterward students are free to explore the city on their own.

TENTATIVE: Competition Day Details (NASPAA-Batten will provide students/site leaders with final schedule in late Jan):
On Saturday, February 24, the day will start at 8:30 with registration in the lobby of the AYSPS building. A light breakfast will be served, lunch will be provided, and refreshments will be available during the competition in the Policy Hub.

Hotel Accommodations:
The AYSPS has negotiated a special room rate for NASPAA participants at the Ellis Hotel.  All guests will need to use this link to reserve their room: The rate is $149 per night plus tax for a single king room. The Ellis Hotel is located in downtown Atlanta at 176 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta GA 30303. Please Note: To secure this special rate rooms must be reserved before Friday, February 2, 2018.

Location and Ground Transportation:
The location of the competition on Saturday, February 24 is the AYSPS Policy Hub, which is located on the ground floor of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Building at 14 Marietta Street, NW, 30303. The Andrew Young School Building is next to the MARTA Five Points Station. The AYSPS building is a 10 minute walk from the Ellis Hotel, and is easily accessible public transit system, on the Red or Gold Line from the airport.

Maps and area information are available through these hyperlinks for Georgia State University (, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( and Downtown Atlanta (

There are many affordable ways to reach Atlanta, by driving, taking the bus, or using the airport. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is 10 miles south of Georgia State University, and MARTA rail transit provides an easy 15 minute trip to the downtown campus, with departures every 5 minutes on Red or Gold train lines from the Airport. The Andrew Young School Building is next to the Five Points Station and the Ellis Hotel is around the corner from the Peachtree Center Transit Station. Transportation to the hotel from the airport is also available with a taxi, Uber or Lyft driver.

We welcome the opportunity to work with participants and the NASPAA team on this simulation competition. If you need more information, or clarification on our submission to host, please contact Joseph Hacker at or Amber Slyter at

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 28 miles southeast of Pepperdine University. There are ample car rentals available at the airport at varying rates. The campus is also served by numerous shuttles including SuperShuttle and Roadrunner, with one-way fares averaging around $45. Taxis average about $84 each way. Alternative ride sharing such as Uber ($32-42 each way) and Lyft ($32-$43 each way) provide affordable and convenient options for competitors to get around. Parking on campus is free and the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s parking lots always have ample space for visitors. Self-parking at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel is $10 per night.

A complimentary shuttle will make one Sheraton Hotel-to-campus trip before the Welcome Reception on Friday, February 23, 2018 and one return campus-to-Sheraton Hotel trip following the Welcome Reception.  On Saturday, February 24, 2018 one complimentary Sheraton Hotel-to-campus shuttle trip and one return trip will be made before and after the competition. A schedule will be provided to all competition participants in advance of the competition. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have made all necessary travel plans.