Building University-Community Partnerships for a Sustainable Regional Economy
On April 30-May 1 2009, the Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy hosted a two-day conference, "Building University-Community Partnerships for a Sustainable Regional Economy." The first day was a symposium of invited participants and speakers, and featured panels on topics essential to building effective university-community partnerships in the region: talent, innovation, distinctiveness, and connections. You can see a .pdf of the agenda by clicking here. Economist Joe Cortright (Impresa, Inc.) provided the basis for much of the discussion with his introductory remarks and his white paper, "The City-University Partnership: Applying the City Vitals Framework to Creating a Sustainable Region" (.pdf file).
On the second day, as a prelude to the inauguration of PSU President Wim Wiewel, the ideas explored in the symposium were presented in a town hall discussion, featuring roundtable discussions among university and community leaders, including President Wiewel, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the mayor of Oregon City, the chair of the Clackamas County Commission, the executive director of the Port of Portland, and the chancellor of WSU-Vancouver, among others. You can see the day's agenda (.pdf) by clicking here. The luncheon speaker was Timothy Egan of the New York Times, and the event concluded with President Wiewel and Mayor Adams signing a memorandum of understanding between PSU and the City of Portland that outlines city-university collaboration on issues such as district planning, economic development strategies, and facilitating the use of the university's resources in addressing the issues that face the city and the region.
To see photos of the town hall event, click here.
You can download a copy of the memorandum (.pdf) by clicking here.