International Town & Gown Association 
College Town Newsletter

October 22, 2015 
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In This Issue
Call for Program Proposals for the 2016 ITGA Conference 
Transforming Communities is the theme of the 2016 ITGA conference, hosted by Loyola University Chicago and the City of Chicago. The Program Committee is seeking proposals focusing on city/town-university partnerships intended to transform communities into high standards of livability and encouraging them to thrive through investments, entrepreneurialism, pro-gram implementation, research and policy development. Universities often serve as anchors and economic drivers in their respective communities, though not always recognized, they partner with government, public schools, nonprofits, and community stakeholders to achieve mutual goals. This conference will look in-depth at these partnerships, how they are structured, and measurable outcomes to be studied and replicated in campus communities across the US and abroad. To learn more, click here
OCADU Joins $3 M Creative Incubator Project
OCAD University, by Staff Writers
Daniels Waterfront-City of the Arts just took another significant step forward as a hub for creative innovation, collaboration and artistic expression in Toronto. Tom Dutton, Senior Vice-President of the Daniels Corpora-tion, today announced an ambitious $3 million public art contribution to Daniels Waterfront-City of the Arts, the city's newest live-work-play-learn-create neighborhood. He was joined by Artscape CEO Tim Jones, who unveiled plans for Artscape Launchpad, a dynamic creative incubator space within the community. OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond was on hand to announce plans for the school to occupy academic space also within the community. As Dutton explained, Daniels Waterfront-City of the Arts is a neighborhood in which the arts play a central role as a social, cultural and economic driver. "It has been proven that art has a positive effect on our lives, well-being and even economic development, which is why we include arts components in every single community we build," he said. 
Bay County Commission Requests Spring Break 'Nuisance Party' Ordinance
News Herald, by John Henderson
Bay County attorneys will be drafting a new Spring Break ordinance that will allow law enforcement the ability to shut down parties that officers believe have gotten out of hand. The Bay County Commission on Tuesday instructed staff to draft a "nuisance party ordinance," which had not been adopted by the Beach. The commission also instructed attorneys to bring back for a vote Spring Break ordinances that would affect the unincorporated area that are similar to the latest laws passed on the Beach. The Beach Council and County Commission, in the wake of a Spring Break celebration that garnered unflattering national media attention after a house party shooting and sexual assault on the Beach, have adopted a slew of ordinances to tone down next year's party, including banning drinking on the sandy beach in March. County attorney Terrell Arline said other college towns have passed nuisance party ordinances, such as Amherst, Mass.   
Local Trustees Serve as Town-Gown Resources
Ithaca Journal, by Gary Stewart
Pursuant to the Cornell University bylaws, the board of trustees is vested with "supreme control" over the university, including all of its colleges and units. Within this complex, important leadership mix are dozens of individuals, ranging from ex-officio members, including New York's governor, to trustees who are elected by Cornell's trustees, alumni, staff, faculty, and students. Layered under all of this are several working committees that oversee and advise on the University's widespread interests, from Tompkins County to New York City and beyond. The former is the specific focus of the Trustee- Community Communications Committee (TCCC), an information-sharing resource that is currently chaired by local businessman and University alum Ezra Cornell. The most recent TCCC meeting was focused on a variety of local transportation-related topics. The goal of having superb means of transportation to, from and within our community is of vital importance to all of our citizens, local businesses, and to Cornell University. 
Community Celebrates Grand Opening of The Mill at MSU 
Campus and community came together to celebrate the completion of a $40-million economic development pro-ject in "Mississippi's College Town." The morning cere-mony in The Mill's ballroom was the culmination of a multi-year, collaborative effort by public and private stakeholders to preserve the best of the National Register of Historic Places-listed mill while creating new economic opportunities. Mississippi's State's chief executive thanked local, state and federal officials for their commitment to the project, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Congressman Gregg Harper and Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, who participated in the program. Building tenants, including MSU's National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, began moving into The Mill in August this year, and the conference center has hosted events since then. In addition to the tri-level, 450 space parking garage, the 10.89-acre site features office space and a conference center.  
College Town Game-Changer
Municipal World, by Michael Fox
There have been several recent articles published in Municipal World that highlight the important economic, social, and physical ups and downs that occur between cities and towns and the colleges and universities located within their boundaries. The so-called "town and gown" relationship is a difficult one to measure, and there is a scarcity of both quantitative and qualitative measures devoted to understanding the relative health of these important relationships. At the recent meeting of the ITGA in Washington, DC, one presentation in particular highlighted a potential game-changer on this issue, through the introduction of the Optimal College Town Assessment by Dr. Stephen Gavazzi of Ohio State University. Before introducing his measurement tool for addressing town and gown issues, Gavazzi outlined a typology for categorizing town and gown relationships that works in ways similar to the various types of marriages and family relationships.  
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