The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
October 4, 2018
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Innovative Opportunity Zone Partnership Between UConn, Mansfield & CERC
The Town of Mansfield, University of Connecticut, and Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. (CERC) will be working in partnership to educate potential developers and private investors about the federally-designated Opportunity Zone in Mansfield. "The Zone designation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Town and we want to make sure we take every advantage to optimize our position," stated Town Manager Derrik Kennedy. "Our unique setting with a major anchor institution will hopefully bring smart, positive development into key areas of the zone. According to the State of Connecticut, the program provides a federal tax incentive for investors to reinvest unrealized capital gains into opportunity zones through opportunity funds. Mansfield Town Manager's Office
Gen Z and Millennials Say There's So Much More to College Than Life on Campus
According to a new survey by Zipcar, the world's leading car-sharing network, four times as many recent grads and college students prefer to spend time off campus with friends and family than binge watch TV and movies online. The survey asked 2,000 U.S. college students and recent graduates to share experiences that most enhanced their college years and best prepared them for the "real world" after graduation. It turns out that while late night parties and pranks still have their place in college, the "rager" lifestyle is a thing of the past. Instead, students prefer to use free time to take advantage of their off-campus surroundings both to make memories with friends and to acquire "adulting" skills. Nasdaq
UC Davis Agrees to Build Housing for Over 5,000 and Will Pay City if it Misses Deadlines
In a major deal struck by UC Davis, the city of Davis and Yolo County, the university has agreed to build enough housing to accommodate 100 percent of any new enrollment growth among students who are guaranteed housing at the school, or nearly 5,200 beds by fall 2023. The legally binding deal, announced Tuesday, marks a symbolic turning point in a years-long back-and-forth between local municipalities and the university over who is responsible for housing the school's growing student numbers, as the city continues to see rents rise. The MOU is part of a larger plan for increased partnership between the city, the county and UC Davis, which is the area's major economic driver. The Sacramento Bee
Police Chief Demands Action From Western in Fake Homecoming Fallout
London police Chief John Pare pulled no punches about a massive, booze-fueled weekend block party held in the shadow of Western University that drew a record crowd of 20,000 young people. "We cannot rely on a police-centric approach, nor can we rely heavily on enforcement as the mechanism to control behaviour," Pare said in a Tuesday news conference as authorities detailed the enforcement fallout of Saturday's mayhem on Broughdale Avenue. There, students held a fake homecoming, known as FoCo, for the third straight year, to counter Western's decision to move its homecoming weekend to later in the fall to discourage student rowdyism. The London Free Press
Canadian PSE Institutions Discuss Smoking Plans, Cannabis Policies
Several colleges and universities throughout Canada have updated their campus smoking and cannabis policies as the federal government prepares to implement cannabis legislation. George Brown College states that it will go 100% smoke-free by banning the smoking or vaping of any substance on campus. The Calgary Herald reports that the University of Calgary, in response to city by-laws, will prohibit recreational cannabis use, cultivation, and the sale of marijuana paraphernalia, although it will make concessions for medical marijuana users and laboratory researchers. The University of Lethbridge has prohibited pot, while the University of British Columbia may permit cannabis smoking in designated areas. Academia Group
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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. Visit www.itga.org for updates.