The International Town & Gown Association Newsletter™
October 12, 2017
Welcome to Dateline, a weekly newsletter highlighting college town news from around the world.
Call for Proposals to Host The 2019 ITGA City & University Relations Conference
The annual ITGA City & University Relations Conference provides opportunities for networking, information-sharing and professional development for colleagues who work in the unique field of town-gown relations. Hosting the conference allows members the opportunity to showcase their institution and host community to conference attendees from around the world. To learn more about the submission process, click here. Bids are due Feb. 1, 2018.
Students Flock to 10/10 Harm Reduction Workshop
This Saturday marks the second iteration of Fall Fest, the Department of Student Affairs' response to 10/10, a student tradition up until last year. Due to a variety of factors, including excessive drinking and Title IX complaints, the dorm-lounge-based party was shut down. In order to make sure that this year's off-campus festivities are as safe as possible, a harm reduction workshop and conversation was offered to students living off campus. Some of the questions they brought to the group included what students' aims were in throwing parties, what they wished they could eliminate and how to facilitate those goals. The Scarlet & Black
$172M New Brunswick Performing Arts Center Breaks Ground
The City of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Development Corporation broke ground Wednesday on the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center project, a $172 million redevelopment initiative that will transform New Brunswick's Downtown Cultural Arts District. Some of the public-private partnerships include Devco, the city, Rutgers University, Middlesex County, the state Economic Development Authority and many other groups. New Brunswick has long been a national model for public-private partnerships," said Devco President Christopher J. Paladino. With the 19 partners for this project, this clearly represents one of the largest public-private partnerships in the history of New Jersey.
Downtown Princess Anne Transforms with Eye on Future
Historic downtown Princess Anne offers offers everything one would expect in a rural county seat: a riverfront park, a historic inn and variety of locally-owned shops. What sets Princess Anne apart from their other Maryland communities are the approximately 250 historically significant structures downtown, according to Maryland Historical Trust. Princess Anne's Main Street designation, which includes a comprehensive downtown revitalization program, has already made a difference. One example is The Hawks Corner, staffed by Walter Woods, the university's coordinator for outreach and strategic initiatives. Woods views the location as a meeting place for town residents and UMES students alike.
Cities and Higher Education: Sustainable Growth Through Collaboration at the Intersections
Local governments and higher education are dissimilar and similar. A few distinctions are that U.S. Cities are home to 62.7 percent of the U.S. population, whereas 6 percent of the population are enrolled in a college or university. Additional differences include governance structures, cultures, and the types of services and products offered to their primary constituents, residents and students. How can cities and postsecondary institutions address challenges? A simple solution is for higher education leaders is to identify small, potentially high-return, school-based projects that intersect with measurable components of the city's strategic plan. The Evolllution
Nottingham Secures Purple Flag Accreditation for Eighth Consecutive Year
Nottingham has secured Purple Flag accreditation for an eighth consecutive year. The Nottingham BID is the main driving force behind the city securing accreditation, working in partnership with other organisations in the city. There are a number of activities organised by the Nottingham BID that help the city achieve the status. One of these is Best Bar None, a national scheme that provides accreditation to licensed premises that are well managed and operated. The Nottingham BID also partly funds the Street Pastors who provide on-street support the city centre on a Friday or Saturday night, helping to look after people who have become vulnerable on a night out in the city. My Nottingham News
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ITGA News & Announcements
Join us at The 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference hosted by the City of Columbus and The Ohio State University, May 29-June 1.

Submit your proposal to present at The ITGA City & University Relations Conference by February 1, 2018. To learn more, click here or visit

Conference registration opens November 2, 2017.