The International Town & Gown Associationâ„¢ Newsletter
February 21, 2019
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Educated Landlord and Tenant Program Moves Forward in Arcata
Chant'e Catt is the off-campus housing liaison at Humboldt State University, but is also in the university's Masters in Social Work program. The "Educated Landlord and Tenant Program" is part of her work as a master's student and aims to establish a gold standard for both parties by building the "understanding, awareness and skills of acceptable practices for landlords" as well as basic skills on "how to be a good renter." The various modules will weave in equitable practices, indigenous perspectives, financial literacy, conflict resolution and more. Jesse Richards, program coordinator assistant for the Educated Landlord and Tenant Program, said the concept is "fairly unique and new, especially for California." Times Standard
James Building Replacement to Provide Bridge Between Town and Gown
The James Building is one of a few Penn State locations in the heart of downtown State College, but soon the university plans to tear it down and replace it with a building that will serve as a bridge between the town and the university. Happy Valley LaunchBox, the business accelerator that is a signature program of Invent Penn State, will move to the new location. The move will more than triple its space and provide a more welcoming environment to encourage people to stop by and see what is going on. University planner Neil Sullivan referred to it as a "lighthouse building," a beacon where the university and the community can come together and share knowledge, ideas and grow businesses that will be a benefit for the region as well as the State College area.
City of Bowling Green Loses Dwelling Lawsuit, but sees Win in Big Picture
The U.S. District Court ruled against the City of Bowling Green in a case involving the number of unrelated people sharing the same single-family dwelling. The ruling said the city's regulation was unconstitutional. It requires the city to alter its zoning regulation from a maximum of three unrelated persons sharing a residence, to limiting the maximum of people sharing a place to the same number of separate bedrooms in the residence. The suit was filed on behalf of 23 Bowling Green landlords and three student fraternity brothers who had been threatened with eviction. Mike Marsh, attorney for the city, had few qualms with the decision and said that his fear was if the city lost, they would have to go back to "square one" with their zoning procedures. Sentinel Tribune
SAMHSA's Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings Addressing High-Risk Drinking
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage and High-Risk Drinking with a special focus on higher education. The 2019 Communities Talk registration cycle is now open. SAMHSA will send an invitation link with a unique registration URL to potential town hall meeting sponsors. To request an invitation, campus/community representatives can provide contact name, affiliation and email address to and copy SAMHSA is offering $750 planning stipends to organizations hosting a Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting before December 12, 2019. The number of stipends are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Communities Talk
Clemson University is a Town unto Itself-Literally, Legally-and It Makes a Difference
On fall Saturdays in Clemson, flag-flying cars full of tailgating gear and fans in orange flow toward Death Valley from College Avenue to State 93 to Perimeter Road. Many people may not know that they are crossing between two distinct places separated by an 1894 law that long predates the city. While CU and Clemson may seem like inseparable entities, they are actually separate municipalities, and with their own decision-making power. "The fact that they are a completely separate municipality does not require them to consult, cooperate or approve anything with the city," said Todd Steadman, director of planning and codes for Clemson. The operations of those separate municipalities have become increasingly relevant as the traditional town-gown relations between the city and the university experience stress brought on by growth. Greenville News
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