The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
February 8, 2018
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Town-Gown Link: GU's Office of Neighborhood Life
It is intentional that Georgetown University's Office of Neighborhood Life sits "outside the gates" at 36th and N Streets, says Cory Peterson, director since 2013 of the office, which was created as part of a historic agreement between the university and Georgetown residents. The deal, which approved the university's 10-year campus plan, limited the school's additional growth outside of its main campus in zip code 20007, capped student enrollment at certain intervals and called for additional on-campus dormitories "to centralize student social life on the campus." Many of these goals have been attained. Georgetowner
Community Relations Director Sees 'Untapped Opportunities' in Neighborhood Relationship
Three months after assuming the role, the new director of community relations is looking to improve the rapport between GW and neighboring residents. Kevin Michael Days, who was announced as community relations director in November, said his primary goal is to strengthen University-community ties by promoting campus events and resources. Days said student-community relations improved because of work by previous director Britany Waddell-who helped formalize off-campus housing complaints by standardizing consequences for violations. Community leaders credited former University President Steven Knapp with implementing a community response program for neighbor's complaints. The GW Hatchet
Mixed-Use Projects Highlight Growth in Amherst
Anyone who has spent time in Amherst recognizes the town's enviable mix of cultural institutions, restaurants, academic energy - more than 33,000 students attend UMass Amherst, Hampshire College, and Amherst College - and open space. The University/Town of Amherst Collaborative has been working since 2015 to create better connections between UMass and the town, from addressing student housing needs to leveraging opportunities related to university research, entrepreneurship opportunities, cultural opportunities, and retention of graduates. The downtown district continues to attract new businesses.
Eight Track and Field Events in Eight Weeks Significant for Local Economy
This weekend, the Plaster Center will host the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, the third of eight straight weekends in which Pittsburg State will host large track and field competitions, including the NCAA Division II men's and women's national championships. "Over these weekends we'll have as many as 6,000 total athletes competing on the Harvey Dean Track," said Russ Jewett, PSU's men's and women's track and field head coach. According to the latest Pittsburg Micropolitan Economic Report, the region saw a 25.3 percent increase in total room revenue for the first ten months in 2017.
College Park-UMD Partnership Homeownership Program Received Largest Grant Yet
The College Park City-University Partnership's homeownership program has received a $150,000 in grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
Since the homeownership program was launched in 2015, the state has helped fund the partnership's effort to get more University of Maryland and city employees to live in College Park, giving $100,000 the first two years and $75,000 in 2017, said Kevin Baynes, director of state revitalization resources. "Our goal with the program is to help establish a greater connection between campus and the community around it," Mayor Patrick Wojahn said."
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