International Town & Gown Association 
College Town Newsletter

November 19, 2015
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In This Issue
Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage and High-Risk Drinking
ITGA is pleased to announce their support for Commu-nities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage and High-Risk Drinking. SAMHSA has sponsored these events every two years since 2006 to create and mobilize communities across the country to take evidenced-based actions. Campus and/or communities that wish to receive a SAMHSA invitation in January 2016 can send an email to Tom Colthurst with your contact name, title, email address and phone number. Invitees are eligible for a $500 planning stipend to plan one or more Town Hall Meetings at anytime during the year. A limited number of stipends are available which will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve, basis beginning in January 2016. Read how a consortium of NY City Campuses and WVU-Morgantown experienced success stories from their 2014 THMs. Read tips on how to get started.    
How MPA Programs Can Help Build Town and Gowns
ASPA, by William Hatcher
Previously, I discussed the reasons why town and gown partnerships are difficult to sustain. Conflicts arising due to taxation issues, land-use decisions and traffic congestion are just a few reasons. MPA programs are well-suited to take a leading role in helping cultivate town and gowns in our communities. MPA faculty can offer local communities a wealth of administrative expertise. Faculty members can construct beneficial service learning projects for their students to work with local partners. Organizations outside the community can also help build local town-and-gown partner-ships. For instance, the ITGA has helped local governments realize the importance of collaborating with institutions of higher learning. An example includes The City of Fairfax, Va., and George Mason University are working together to build a sustainable downtown. See more examples.  
Pittsburgh to Announce Pilot Program to Run South Side Nightlife
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Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by Robert Zullo
Major changes to how the city manages nightlife on the boisterous South Side, including night-time metered parking, new policing strategies and transportation initiatives, will be included in a pilot program expected to be rolled out today by city council President Bruce Kraus and Mayor Bill Peduto. The goal is to eventually replace secondary employment by police at bars and clubs with assignments outside problem areas. The announcement comes as the city's new nighttime economy manager, Allison Harnden, a former entertainment and nightlife consultant who started Nov. 2 and spent six years as vice president of the nonprofit Responsible Hospitality Institute, gets settled into the job. The California-based institute, which advises cities and businesses on planning "safe and vibrant places to socialize," was hired by the city to prepare the $300,000 Pittsburg Sociable City Plan. 
University of Maryland Eyes New Fund-raising Record for Big Innovation Plans 
UMD has started its next capital fundraising campaign with an eye on raising more than $1 billion. President Wallace Loh said he hopes to build on his recent success, raising more than the record-setting multiyear "Great Expectations" campaign. The money is being raised, in part, to pursue strategy to revitalize the area around the university's College Park campus into an attractive place for innovation, he said. He also plans to put a large amount of money toward need-based financial aid. Loh invested between $3 million and $4 million to hire 35 fundraisers, an expenditure that was initially met with complaints, he said. "My answer is, look at the results. Three years later, we're raising $200 million." Loh said his goal is to make Maryland a top 10 public research university in the nation by 2020. Much of the university's focus has shifted to redevelopment projects in College Park.    
Mansfield Considering Further Regulations, Restrictions on Rental Housing  
The Daily Campus, by Kyle Constable
Town council members spent more than an hour dis-cussing and debating whether regulation or outright restriction on rental development in Mansfield is nec-essary. Two Mansfield town officials and one UConn off-campus housing official recommended stronger pen-alties for problem landlords, discouraging future residential-to-rental conversion and better enforcement. "Recommendations included pursuing injunctive relief in court against landlords of nuisance properties, incentivizing living in apartment com-plexes instead of single-family neighborhoods and applying fines of $150 per day for zoning violations. The presenters, Mansfield Planning and Development Director Linda Painter, Building and Housing Inspection Director Michael Ninteau and UConn Off-Campus Student Director John Armstrong, gave a presentation on town regulations and university policies.
Mt Pleasant, CMU Protect Off-campus Students at Night with Street Lights, by Charlie Lapastora
CMU, along with the City of Mount Pleasant, put a plan in action to keep off-campus students safe as they walk to and from campus at night. CMU administrators teamed up with the City of Mount Pleasant officials to start a project that will install street lights on off-campus heavily populated areas. Mt. Pleasant Mayor Jim Holton is excited for a unique partnership, where a university is helping fund an off-campus project. CMU is pitching in for half. Mt. Pleasant will pay the other half, along with there being some buy-ins from landlords and property owners in that area. "The biggest support that we got, which was surprising to me, was to talk to President Ross at Central Michigan University," Mayor Holton said. "I sat down with him, as mayor, and said, 'Dr. Ross, we need help in the safety of the students down here.' He says, 'Jim it's all about the safety of students. You have my support..."
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