Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Hampshire Institute of Art Partners to form Manchester Cultural District

Paul Feely of the New Hampshire Union Leader reports in "6 blocks eyed for cultural district in Manchester," on members of the Manchester Cultural District Coalition who are working to establish a cultural district in the city. The group intends to enhance economic development opportunities with arts and design initiatives. The Cultural District would consist of a six-block area around Victory Park, and include buildings such as the The Palace Theatre, the Manchester Historic Association, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Old Sol Music Hall.
The New Hampshire Institute of Art also offers a Certificate in Creative Placemaking that was developed in partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking for those interested in using creative activities as vehicles for building more livable, economically viable, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Additionally, NHIA also offers a variety of community education classees, a youth arts lab, and summer programs for art educators or teens.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Baltimore's Collegetown: Institutions Working Together to Enhance the Community

Baltimore Collegetown network seeks to promote Baltimore as a great college town by networking across thirteen higher education institutions that represent 120,000 students and over $17 billion in economic activity.  Collegetown activities include academic partnerships and student programming, transportation services, marketing initiatives, and research.  Member institutions include:

Monday, January 16, 2017

College Towns and Economic Resiliency

The Marketplace website offers a podcast with transcript of an interview, "Are college towns the cure for a slumping U.S. economy?"  Lizzie O'Leary and Ceerise Castle interview Bob Davis, senior editor for the Wall Street Journal.  Davis summarizes his recent article for WSJ reporting on the results of a study by the Brookings Institution that looked at 16 regions in the United States where there has been overall job growth from 2000-2014 in spite of a decline in manufacturing employment.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Higher Education Institutions as Third Spaces

Keith Smyth authored an interesting post back in 2014, "The University As A Third Space?" that appears on his blog, 3E Education, and on the Ragged University web site.  Smyth explores several concepts linking groups that are working on alternative models where higher education institutions better serve as gather places within the communities that they serve.  He also nicely contrasts the possibilities with the serious challenges higher education practitioners face when attempting to create third spaces and community anchors.  I also encourage those with the interest to become familiar with the Ragged University concept and urge you to review other posts on Smyth's blog.

University of Nebraska CRP Students Partner to Improve Neighborhoods in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture posted an interesting article, "CRP Studio Work Marking a Difference in Lincoln Neighborhoods," on December 21, 2016.  Kerry McCullough-Vondrak authored the post and focuses on graduate students working toward a Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree who have been collaborating with NeighborWorks Lincoln, the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department and the City of Lincoln Urban Development Department in the initial stages of community planning in one of Lincoln’s older neighborhoods.

Focus on Small Colleges Successfully Working with their Communities

I enjoyed reading Douglas Belkin's article, "To Save Themselves, Small Colleges Offer Lifeline to Their Hometown," last week in the Wall Street Journal.  Belkin focuses his reporting on several small colleges that are thinking strategically about relationships with their respective communities.  He included references to Albion College, Monmouth College, Ripon College, Niagra University, and Emory and Henry College.

You can also read, "Ripon College Recognized for Renovation of Downtown Building," that was posted on the Small College Garden in September 2015...or, you can review other posts on the Small College Garden that feature initiatives at other small institutions.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

College Towns Aid Economic Resiliency

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article by Bob Davis, "There's an Antidote to America's Long Economic Malaise: College Towns," with results of a study by the Brookings Institution that looked at 16 regions in the United States where there has been overall job growth from 2000-2014 in spite of a decline in manufacturing employment.  Davis focuses his reporting on Lee County, AL home to Auburn University, and Calloway County, KY, home of Murray State University.  He interviews business owners and people involved with economic development to describe changes in these counties and how the higher education institutions positively impact economic resiliency.