International Town & Gown Association 
College Town Newsletter

April 14, 2016
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ITGA Member Cornell University Sponsored Regional Conference 
Regional Conference, by Dan Ryan & Gary Stewart
ITGA member Cornell University sponsored a regional conference on town-gown economic development March 31 that drew 90 participants from six states. The event was held in downtown Ithaca NY. ITGA members had lead presentation and facilitation roles, and Cornell and the City of Ithaca announced the opening of a down-town Cornell Store at the outset of the event. Presenta-tions included: In Ithaca-How a community business incubator sponsored by higher-ed thrives in a downtown setting; In Syracuse-The Connective Corridor, and how leadership drives creative pacemaking, collaboration and sustainable solutions in urban planning; and In Amherst, Mass-Creating a Blueprint for Shared Success. The event is being looked at as a model for delivering high quality content on Town-Gown issues for our membership in addition to the well respected annual conference event. 
Smarter Bike Share Programs Coming to a Town Near You  
Men's Journal, by Brittany Anas
The U.S Department of Transportation counts a total of 2,655 bike-share stations operating in 65 cities, with stops near bus and transit routes to increase multimodal trips. College towns are experimenting with longer-term rentals, with bike libraries lending their bikes for weeks or months. At the University of California's Santa Cruz campus, students can check out bikes for nine weeks. In Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, a volunteer supported bike library takes a deposit from residents, and allows them to check out bikes for half a year. "Checking bikes out for six months at a time just makes sense when much of your population lives by se mester or academic calendar," says Anne Duggan, a volunteer and board member with the Iowa City Bike Library. Now volunteers fix the donated or discarded bikes.The program has checked out about 1,500 bikes over years.
Free College, Political Support: Survey of Community College Leaders
Inside Higher Ed, by Ashley A. Smith 
This time last year, the national conversation around the free community college movement seemed to be picking up steam. On the heels of President Obama's America's College Promise, Oregon would join Tennessee as the second state to offer students a free two-year college education. And, congressional Democrats would propose bills to turn the president's proposal into reality. But community college presidents are divided about the likelihood of free two-year college happening any time soon. Inside Higher Ed's second annual Survey of Community College Presidents reveals that 37 percent disagree that free community college programs will be adopted in at least one-third of states within the next five years; 35 percent agree or strongly agree that this will happen. The survey also found that many community college presi-dents across the country are experiencing enrollment declines. 
Bellhops Moving Company to add 100 Fort Worth Area Jobs for Students 
Star-Telegram, by Azia Branson
Bellhops, a smartphone app-driven moving service used like Uber, is adding 100 jobs for college students in the Fort Worth area in anticipation of a busy moving sea-son. Communications director David Martin said the company has 52 Bellhops in the Fort Worth area, and the market if growing quickly. He said the projections show the company will need as many as 150 in Fort Worth this year during peak season. Bellhops was founded in 2013 at Auburn University and serves more than 90 cities  in the U.S. Like Uber, the company lets customers request a job using their smartphone. The employees, all contracted local college students, can claim the job on a first-come, first serve basis. The students can work small-to-medium moves, anything from a full two-bedroom apartment to just moving a bed. An average move costs $165, which includes two Belhops for two hrs.
 OSU, City to add 5 Officers in Party Crackdown
Town-Gown Nation News
The city of Corvallis and Oregon State University plan to spend $2.45 million in the next four years in a party crackdown that will put five new law-enforcement offi-cers on the street. OSU plans to pay for two Oregon State Police troopers that will start by July 1. Three city livability officers would be added a year later. OSU is paying the bulk of the freight, $2 million, with the city chipping in $450,000 in the 2016-17 fiscal year, although that sum still requires Budget Commission and City Council backing. Corvallis Police Chief Jon Sassaman noted that livability calls for service have declined 45 percent since the city and OSU began working on neighborhood issues, but he and OSU officials say more work remans to be done. "Progress has been made" Sassaman told a meeting Monday of the Community Relations Advisory Group. Sassaman was joined in the unveiling of the new strategy by  Clark and Susie Brubaker Cole, OSU's vice provost for student affairs.  
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