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College  Town Newsletter

January 7, 2016
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In This Issue
University, Regional and Local Leaders Explore Research Park Expansion
Pittsburg State University, by Staff Writers
PSU is working with community and regional leaders in an effort to expand the research park next to PSU's Tyler Research Center. The university hosted more than 60 leaders on its campus Thursday during a special conference led by experts from the Association of University Research Parks. "We want people to have a better understanding of what an active research park can mean for our region," said Shawn Naccarato, executive director of PSU's Center for Innovation and Business Development. "A research park is an attractive starting point for entrepreneurs who may have innovative products but don't yet have the capital to build a facility in which to produce them. The end result is increased jobs, higher starting salaries and an increased standard of living within our communities." The day-long workshop included sessions led by directors of research parks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas State University. 
N.J. College Student's Map Aims to Spur Borough's Economic Growth, by Spencer Kent
Rowan University senior Paul Sabbagh designed a mapping system to help improve economic development in the Borough of Clayton. Using a variety of computer and mapping programs, the 21-year-old economics major developed an interactive online map of properties in the borough's downtown along with information useful to business and property owners, like zoning destinations, tax assessed values, and history of tax records. He created the project during an internship with the borough. He was tasked with devising a system that could serve to improve economic development environment for business owners or those seeking to bring business to the borough. Earlier this month, Sabbagh presented his completed map program to the borough council and economic development committee. He hopes once up and running that other municipalities see the usefulness of such a system.
Town and Gown Agreement Discussions Underway
Town-Gown Nation News, by Morgan palmer
The University of New Hampshire and the town are in the midst of discussions regarding several decennial agree- ments which came to an end last year. One agreement that needs to be reached deals with the town's Fire Department. According to Town Administrator Todd Selig, the Durham Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services for the entire town, which includes the UNH campus. Under the current agreement, Durham and UNH split the operating and capital costs of the dept., which is located on the UNH campus. "We are taking a new look at that allocation to ensure that it is still an appropriate cost share," Selig said. Other agreements that need to be reached include the use of the Jackson's Landing Boathouse by the UNH crew team. With long-term planning, I think there is a mutual desire that Durham and UNH jointly plan for the future," Selig said.
Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking
To launch its 2016 initiative, Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking, SAMSHA will host a live national Webcast of interest to higher education. On Monday, February 1, 2:45-4pm ET, this webcast will demonstrate how colleges and universities can mobilize in collaboration with community allies to reduce underage and high-risk drinking. Participants will learn how to successfully execute a Town Hall Meeting; adopt new prevention resources specific to higher education; and receive a stipend to assist with planning a successful event and reporting meeting results. No need to pre-register. To organize a 2016 Meeting, please provide the preferred lead organizer's name, title, email address and phone number. Hosts are eligible for one of a limited number of $500 planning stipends to be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
Grad Student Housing Proposed for Brighton Property 
Boston Globe, by Tim Logan
The site of the old St. Gabriel's Monastery in Brighton could be a start of a new trend in the Boston housing market: privately run apartments for graduate students. A local real estate firm is teaming up with one of the biggest student-housing developers in the country to turn the 12-acre site next to St. Elizabeth's Hospital into a complex of buildings aimed at a booming but underserved population of 20-somethings. The project could include about 400 to 500 apartments aimed at grad students, at rents those students can afford, said Cabot chief executive Jay Doherty. Graduate student housing has become a factor in Boston's housing squeeze. The population of graduate students has increased by nearly 50 percent since 1994, to more than 48,000, according to city data. Most live of-campus, many squeezing into apartments that could otherwise be rented to working families.  
eHub Grows Space for Student
Cornell Chronicle, by Kathy Hovis
Cornell students need community entrepreneurship space that provides an effective environment to hatch ideas, work together, discuss problems, get mentorship and run actual businesses. In partnership with the Student Agencies Foundation, Cornell is addressing this need by creating eHub. eHub, slated to open in spring 2016, will be housed in two nearly renovated facilities designed to foster entrepreneurism among Cornell students, faculty and staff. eHub will cement Cornell's position as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. This month Forbes magazine need Cornell the No. 4 most entrepreneurial research university producing students with startup talent. "Building eHub is currently the most important project for Entrepreneurship at Cornell," said Zach Shulman, director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell.  
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