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DATELINE
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November 13, 2014 
Welcome to DATELINE, a weekly newsletter
highlighting college town news from around the world. 
In This Issue
BG Adopts Blueprint for Future
Ogden City Honored With Weber State University Presidential Citation Award
Liverpool Celebrates Two Big Cash Boosts for University and Region
ITGA Represented at the UK National Conference
Council to Consider Moratorium Regarding Greek Housing
How Rediffusion Will Put Bristol Business at Cutting Edge of Superconnected Global Cities
How George Mason is Working With Fairfax on its Town Gown Relationship
BG Adopts Blueprint for Future
Town-Gown Nation News
Sentinel-Tribune, by Peter Kuebeck
In a vote greeted with approval, city council unanimously approved a revised version of the Future Land Use section of the city's comprehensive plan. "What we have in front of us is a unique developmental tool," said Councilman and Land Use Steering Committee member Bruce Jeffers during a 90-minute public hearing on the plan which preceded the council meeting. "It tells us two things. One, it tells us which questions to ask as land uses change. And, secondly, it gives us detailed examples of projects that will be studied further to meet the goals the public supports." The Future Land Use portion of the city's comprehensive plan had not seen major revisions since 1987. The 18-member steering committee, as well as consultants, began working on the plan in November of last year, and engaged in extensive efforts to gather input from the community. Versions of the plan and data gathered were made available to the public on the city's website during the process. To view the plan, click here.       
Ogden City Honored With Weber State University Presidential Citation Award
Office of Ogden City Council, by Staff Writers
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Weber State University President Charles Wight and Board of Trustees Chair Alan Hall honored the City of Ogden with a joint Presidential Citation award. This was done in recognition of the special relationship and partner- ship that has developed between the university and Ogden City officials. Over the past three years the university and city have adopted a College Town Charter and have worked jointly on various community involvement, service, recreation, diversity, and economic projects. The citation recognized the role of Ogden City leaders, business owners, nonprofits, residents and the entire Ogden community for the unwavering support that Weber State University has received. "This citation puts Weber State's warm feelings toward Ogden into written words, but nothing can ever adequately express the gratitude that we feel for our community," said WSU President Charles A. Wight. 
Liverpool Celebrates Two Big Cash Boosts for University and Region
Liverpool Echo, by Peter Elson
Liverpool celebrated winning two big cash boosts from the government which will have far reaching benefits for its future. Greg Clark, the Universities, Science and Cities minister, visited the University of Liverpool to sign a $230m investment deal for Merseyside and launch the construction of a new university cutting-edge chemistry research centre. The Liverpool City Region Growth Deal, which Mr Clark signed with Robert Hough, chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, is for more than $230m of government investment to create 10,000 jobs and 10,000 homes. The deal has been agreed with the minister, key business, civic and academic leaders in Liverpool and negotiations are already underway for further funding next year. The Materials Innovation Factory will enable international leading chemistry researchers to discover new materials which could save energy and natural resources, improve health and transform manufacturing. Mr Clark said: "This is a fantastic double celebration of a quarter of a billion of pounds to develop Liverpool City Region's transport infrastructure and skills."  
ITGA Represented at the National Community Conference in England 
ITGA will be represented at the National Conference "Getting it Right-A Community Approach: A National Context" in Manchester, England, November 18-19. The two day national event will focus on a view of sharing best practices in relation to off-campus activity in the HEI sector. This conference, organized by Manchester Student Homes, brings together colleagues from universities, local councils, and students' unions to examine the latest trends in university and community engagement and provide an opportunity to share best practice with those working in the field. Guest speakers include Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council, Professor Darren Smith, Social Population Geographer and Assistant Dean, Loughborough University; Sian Astley, Property Expert, TV Presenter, Community Campaigner; Carolyn Uphill, Chairman of the National landlord Association; and Trevor Seeley, Head of Stakeholder Relations, The University of Warwick. Beth Bagwell, ITGA Executive Director and Susan Stafford, Director of Off-Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations, University of Colorado, will co-present on The International Town and Gown Association Model: A Case Study for Effective Programs and Partnerships: A Boulder Approach. The Dateline Newsletter will resume December 4, 2014.       
Council to Consider Moratorium Regarding Greek Housing
JG-TC.com, by Karsten Burgstahler
It may be a while before residents see any new Greek letters on housing outside the Eastern Illinois University campus. Today, the Charleston City Council will consider a six-month moratorium on issuing permits for rooming and boarding houses specifically, off campus fraternities and sororities, while it reviews the portion of the city's Unified Development Code addressing such setups. 
"It's one of those areas in the code that's not as well defined, I think, as we'd like," said City Manager Scott Smith. "From time to time when we're reviewing the code, particular questions might arise where we feel like the code is weak and needs to have some additional work or review on the policy." Smith said no fraternities or sororities are presently seeking a permit for off-campus housing. The city plans to examine how other communities govern such off-campus housing and make any necessary adjustments to the UDC, Smith said. "We believe it's best to take a look at (the code) and make sure that we're comfortable with the language," he said. 
How Rediffusion Will Put Bristol Business at Cutting Edge of Superconnected Global Cities
The Bristol Post, by Staff Writers
Bristol is to put itself at the forefront of the digital revolution in a $75 million experiment using under- ground ducts which brought cable television to the city in the 1970s. Using the old Rediffusion infrastructure, which runs for 100 miles under the street of the greater Bristol area, new superfast fibre will be fitted as part of a partnership between the city council and the Bristol University. As the largest test-bed of its kind in Europe, the underground fibre will be linked to sensors above ground which are embedded in traffic lights, buildings, cars, mobile phones and other handheld devices. Those behind the project say this will allow the city to collect data on things like traffic flow, which can then be useful for researching pollution control and the potential for driverless cars. The biggest selling point of the project is Bristol's ownership of the Rediffusion ducts, which means the streets do not need to be dug up to put in new technology. Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, the project's chief technical officer, says there is no other place in the world the same experiment could be done. She told the Financial Times: "This is like an open laboratory." 
How George Mason is Working With Fairfax on its Town-Gown Relationship 
In The Capital, by Molly Greenburg
While being host to a college is sure to spur new business, there are downsides to living in a college town, too. With 20-somethings sure to cause a ruckus during the wee hours of the morning, there's bound to be some town-gown tension, but George Mason Uni- versity is seeking to change just that.  Members of George Mason's faculty, staff and student body met with Fairfax, Virginia, officials and business owners to figure out a way to create a "college town feel" that benefits the city and the campus. Committed to taking part in a three-day "Vision Fairfax Mason" workshop, they all joined together Thursday morning to talk about topics that included multi-modal transportation and parking, housing, historic preservation and economic development. "The purpose is to think big,"  said President of George Mason Angel Cabrera. "We need to think big and think creatively about how these two entities can make each other better." Many consultants were hired to guide the discussions and offer advice. Frank Fuller was among them. A consultant from the San Francisco-based architectural firm Field Paoli, Fuller said that all consultants working with George Mason and the city will take everything they learn during the workshop into consideration. He added that some of the ideas proposed could become a reality immediately-like a shuttle from campus during lunch to restaurants within Fairfax-whereas others may take years. 
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