The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
June 20, 2019
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After Recent Strained Relations, Clemson's City-University Advisory Board Plans to Reset
A Clemson board established in 1985 will reset in August with a new structure and renewed commitments.The change comes after a period of strain in the community's "town-and-gown" relationship brought on by growth. The board's purpose is to strengthen the city and university relationship, to help the two partner and to problem-solve when issues arise. It will continue to fulfill that role, but rather than bringing city and university officials together monthly, the board will move toward topic-based working groups in the fall. Johnson Link, the incoming chair of the JCUAB and the university's associate vice president for municipal services, committed to attending all of the working group meetings. Greenville News
Conference Keynoter Guest on Cornell Show
The National League of Cities' Leon Andrews, who keynoted at ITGA's State College/Penn State Conference, guested on Cornell University's weekly radio show "All Things Equal" Tuesday. ITGA is mentioned more than once. To listen to the podcast, click here. On Tuesday June 25, ITGA Board member Michael Fox from Mount Allison University will guest on the show and discuss his book, the " Studentification Guide for North America." ITGA members can access the complimentary guide at Michael's June 25 guest slot and ITGA connection will be touched on as well. Cornell University
ITGA Sign of Summer: New Board President
As summer begins for real, ITGA Board members and friends say thanks to outgoing board president Lisa Dvorak, and welcome incoming board president Ron Jackson. The San Marcos TX community liaison for neighborhood enhancement, Lisa, in concert with colleagues from near and far, has done a stellar job in helping move the ITGA forward. Ron Jackson, ASU associate dean of students, is looking forward to a great year on many fronts, including increasing the access to engagement of ITGA members with help from a new outreach committee. We hope to host webinars and incorporate blogs as a means to share more information and telling the ITGA story will be a priority, as well as enhanced membership involvement.
Town-Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project
Campus Firewatch, in partnership with First Alert and the Michael H. Minger Foundation, is supporting communities doing Town-Gown Fire Safety Community Service Projects. The goal of these projects is to get students working alongside fire fighters in doing home safety visits and installing smoke alarms donated by First Alert. By doing these home safety visits, they are helping to make their communities safer and learning fire safety at the same time. While many communities are already doing home safety visits and installing smoke alarms, this project is just about adding students to your team. We are looking for 25 communities or schools committed to making their communities better by installing smoke alarms in at-risk homes. You can apply to be one of these communities at Campus Firewatch
College Park Homeownership Program Celebrates 50th Milestone at City Hall
Since its inception about four years ago, 52 homes have been sold through the program, according to data provided by the partnership. Those 52 homes have resulted in $17.6 million in home sales for the city and 122 new city residents. "Every block that one of those 50 houses is on has a stable homeowner who's living in the house, who cares about the house and cares about the neighborhood," said Eric Olson, the partnership's executive director. "It does make a real difference." The program is funded through a grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and matching funds from the city and university. The Sentinel
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