Educational Institution/City Collaboration

Throughout the planning process, community members consistently identified the need to foster strong partnerships with the school district and with our colleges and universities in order to meet our community’s educational goals and address quality-of-life issues.

While the presence of higher-education institutions raises a number of town-gown issues common to all college communities, the community and these institutions derive great benefits from one another. We should continue a constructive dialogue and look for ways to partner on mutually beneficial goals. Collaborative efforts could focus on win-win projects – creating better pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, sharing recreational resources, and addressing student and faculty housing needs.

We should continue to foster a close relationship and open dialogue among the school board, local government and the community to help align their future goals for education and community.