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DATELINE
College town News From Around the World

January 29, 2015 
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Town Gown Steering Committee  Makes Recommendation to UMass Chancellor, Town Manager
Daily Collegian, by Catherine Ferris
In a recent letter to University of Massachusetts Chan-cellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Amherst Town Manager John Musante, Co-Chairs of the Town Gown Steering Committee David Ziomek and Nancy Buffone made a number of recommendations for how to better integrate the University within the community and improve the overall desirability and affordability of living and work-ing within the town. The committee's recommendations include the creation of a University-Town of Amherst Collaborative to oversee work on the housing and economic development efforts, as well as more exploration of the sites identified for potential mixed-use development. Objectives outlined for the University include high quality housing for as many students as possible; providing on-campus social events, particularly for underage students, a welcoming downtown; and professional research and entre- preneurial opportunities outside the classroom. Town objectives included creating a vibrant downtown and strong village centers; diverse and affordable housing; preserved character; neighborhoods and open space; and local employment opportunities and increased tax base. 
Poll: City Mayors Third Most Trusted Economic Resource
Sacramento Business Journal, by Allen Young
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson released a poll Wed- nesday showing that residents across the U.S. prefer local elected leaders to national ones but only placed city mayors as their third most trusted source for ideas about the economy--after small business representa- tives and young people "fresh out of graduate school." The poll was released as an addendum to Johnson's first State of Cities speech for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an organization of mayors in cities with populations over 30,000 for which Johnson is president. After small business leaders, university graduates and mayors, respondents said their most trusted sources for economic ideas were governors, community college presidents, then college presidents. After them, CEOs of large firms and members of Congress were toward the bottom of the list. The biggest priorities for mayors should be public safety, then fixing infrastructure, public education and economic development. On the latter, 47 percent of respondents said that mayors must "encourage entrepreneurs with low interest loans, microloans and business training."
Iowa Finance Authority Offers Ames Landlords Free Property Listing Website   
Town-Gown Nation NewsAmes Tribune, by Gavin Aronsen
The Iowa Finance Authority, in partnership with the city of Ames and Iowa State University, held a "List-A-Thon" Wednesday in City Hall's council chambers, an oppor-tunity for Ames landlords to get acquainted with a free website for managing and updating property rental listings. The website was launched by the IFA as a way for renters to find housing options that fit their specific needs, using search parameters including price levels, proximity to public transit and shopping centers, smoking policies and whether the landlord speaks English or Spanish. Using Google Translate, the website can be viewed in 70 different languages. In the council chambers, 10 city-owned laptops were set up at tables for local landlords to use to add listings to the website's database. About 500 new units were listed as a result, according to IFA spokeswoman Ashley Jared. "It's just something the state of Iowa has been missing," Jared said of the website, which she said had already existed in similar forms in about 30 other states. 
UW to Consider Off-Campus Party Registration   
Laramie Boomerang, by Tim Steere
In an effort to quell raucous off-campus parties, the University of Wyoming is considering a party registra- tion system that could potentially arrive on campus by the fall semester. Following a Halloween weekend highlighted by two off-campus assaults, one of which resulted in the death of Joe McGowan, a 21-year-old UW student from Lander, a coalition of UW officials, stu-dents, local law enforcement agencies and city officials are gearing toward a system of off-campus party registration, which has shown promising results in other regional college towns. Formally known as the "A-Team," "the coalition is designed with the intention of educating, preventing and interviewing in matters related to binge drinking and underage consumption of alcohol. Following the incidents on Halloween, the A-Team formed a subcommittee focusing on party registration, said Laramie Police Chief Dale Staler. Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University, is one such city to offer party registration services to its college students. According to Emily Allen, a community liaison for CSU and Fort Collins, the university currently registers between 600 and 700 parties per semester since the programs inception in April 2009. 
University of Washington Bothell Growth Contributes $231.6 Million to State and Local Economy
The University of Washington released an economic im- pact report which outlines the employment and govern- ment revenue impacts of operations and research at the Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell cam-puses.  The study by Tripp Umbach consulting firm shows that the University of Washington makes a tremendous contribution to the state's economy of $12.5 billion. The UW Bothell brings more than $231.6 million to the state's economy and directly or indirectly supported nearly 1,700 jobs throughout the state during this reporting period. Additionally, nine out of 10 alumni live and work in the state of Washington.  Chancellor Wolf Yeigh says he expects UW Bothell's eco-nomic impact to continue growing. "In our 25th year, we are continuing to expand access to meet the needs of our state's  students and those of local industry," says Yeigh. "As the smart growth takes place, we anticipate years of increasing contributions to our state and local economies." Yeigh says he looks forward to continuing UW Bothell's work in both King and Snohomish counties. 
Cambridge Engineer Leads Government Review of Business-Academia Collaborations  
Business Weekly, by Tony Quested
Cambridge engineer and academic Dame Ann Dowling is leading a groundbreaking review of how alliances be- tween university researchers and business partners can be leveraged to the maximum. She has been asked to report by May in time for a new government to hit the ground running following the General Election. Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, says the Dowling Review  will be key to future spending decisions on Science and technology researchers and corporate collaborators. Professor Dowling's deliberations will inform the next government spending review. It will look at the good, bad and the downright ugly in terms of past collaborations, studying evidence of successful and unsuccessful partnerships, and distill out recommen-dations on what works and what doesn't when businesses and academia come together.  While the report will primarily be for UK use, it will be put in an international context, possibly bringing some comparison between partnerships in the UK and abroad. Professor Dowling said: "I am delighted that government is committed to improving the relationships between UK businesses and its outstanding university research capabilities and honoured to be leading this important review."     
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