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Carolina Beach, N.C. – UNC Center for Community Capital graduate research assistant Kevin Park was honored today with a 2011 North Carolina ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG) Student Scholarship Award.

Park received $500 and the opportunity to present his research at the NCAUG 2011 Fall Conference.

Park presented research findings on the effect of anti-predatory lending laws on mortgage application volume using a geographic-based research design. He also showcased the interactive Web site he created to display N.C. foreclosure and related economic data.

NCAUG is a nonprofit organization created to provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of knowledge, techniques, and data for people across North Carolina using and/or associated with software produced by the Environmental Systems Research Institute and its related GIS applications. Users come from state and local government, academia, the private sector and elsewhere.

Park is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include the mortgage finance industry and urban spatial structure. His work at the center includes analysis of mortgage servicing data and research related to government intervention in mortgage markets. Before joining the center, he held research positions at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and Rhode Island Economic Policy Council.

The UNC Center for Community Capital is the leading center for research and policy analysis on the transformative power of capital on households and communities in the United States. The center is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its in-depth analyses help policymakers, advocates and the private sector find sustainable ways to expand economic opportunity to more people, more effectively. For more information, visit www.ccc.unc.edu or call (919) 843-2140.

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