The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
November 1, 2018
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The 2018 ITGA Data Digest Informs Members about the Quality of Life in College Towns
The 2018 Data Digest is the first member-wide survey of the ITGA. The survey, composed of 74 questions, was launched in the Spring of 2018. The Data Digest was designed to capture descriptive information about ITGA members, their town-gown efforts, and the environments in which they operate. This summary provides a baseline for ITGA members to compare themselves with their peers and to learn more about the organization's membership and pressing issues. The ITGA spans a diverse variety of communities and institutions, but there was similarity in challenges faced. To access the report, click here. You will need to log-in using your membership password. Send inquiries to
SLO Residents Can Now Permanently Register Their Parties to Avoid Fines, Police Visits
San Luis Obispo residents will now be able to permanently register their parties to prevent potential police intervention and fines. The City Council formalized its Voluntary Party Registration program, which was launched last year as a pilot program to allow hosts to register events in advance to encourage management of gatherings and enhance neighborhood quality of life, according to city officials. Residents voluntarily register their event with the police department at least one week in advance of the planned party. If a neighbor files a noise complaint, the dispatcher center calls the registered party host to notify them of a complaint. The registered party then has 20 minutes to end the noise and avoid a visit from police. The Tribune
Town-Gown Advisory Board Presents New Proposals on Safety, Transportation, Community Relations
Inspired by their sense of responsibility to the city of Binghamton and the Binghamton University campus, city officials, community members, professors and students gathered together on October 24 for the first Town-Gown Advisory Board (TGAB) meeting of the year.
The board, consisting of 34 committee members representing both the University and the city, aims to utilize its active subcommittees to address issues affecting both groups. Over the summer, the board approved seven initiatives to better the community, five of which were approved for funding and were given the green light. One initiative, The Cry, Laugh, Create program, will pair BU students and Binghamton residents in sharing their personal stories and visions to build relationships between campus and community. Pipe Dream
What to Do With a Former Sears Flagship? Redevelop it To Anchor an Innovation District
As Sears' remaining stores nationwide face their fates under department store chain's bankruptcy protection filing, Houston's previously shuttered flagship in Midtown, and surrounding property, will be re-positioned as an innovation district for the city. The $100 million redevelopment project, now designated as Midtown Innovation District, sits in the heart of an emerging innovation corridor for startups, an "ecosystem" envisioned by academic, business and city leaders for a four-mile stretch between downtown and Texas Medical Center. Rice University spearheaded the district project and more recently purchased adjacent parcels and will finance and manage the district project. Forbes
Why Students Jumping Off Roofs is 'A Huge Social Media Thing'
As students raised the roof at last Saturday's unsanctioned and booze-fuelled street party east of the Western University campus in London, some of them literally took the party to the rooftops in what some people think is becoming an increasingly common and dangerous part of student party culture known as 'brewfing.' The so-called "fake homecoming" celebration saw at least 52 people taken to the hospital for injuries related to the party, including a number of people who fell, or in some cases, jumped from rooftops. Websites such as Canadianpartylife, which bills itself as "Canada's #1 party social media," has attracted 112,000 followers on Instagram in a little over two years by posting videos of real life party shenanigans captured on cell phones cameras by students around the country. CBC News
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ITGA News & Announcements
Save the Date: The ITGA City & University Relations Conference, hosted by State College and Pennsylvania State University, May 19-22, 2019.

Upcoming Virtual Event: Community-Oriented Policing: Campus West Connections : In this session, join the Alliance for Innovation and the 2018 Innovation Award winning City of Fort Collins team on November 27, at 1:00-2:00 pm ET. Learn more.

Call for Proposals: Call for Proposals for the 2019 ITGA City & University Relations Conference will open in November. Stay tuned for more details and visit for updated conference information. Join us in Happy Valley in 2019!