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Town-Gown Conference Coming to Campus

Town-Gown Conference to Focus on Working Toward Economic Recovery

Conference on Oct. 7 and 8 will feature education, political and economic development leaders

(September 21, 2010)

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. WhiteEnlarge

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Working together toward an economic recovery will be the theme of a statewide “town-gown” conference coordinated by the city of Riverside and UC Riverside next month on the university’s campus.

The 4th annual conference on Oct. 7 and 8 will showcase best practices in city(town)/university(gown) partnerships, with the theme “Bridging the Town-Gown Divide: Partnering Towards Economic Recovery.”

“The success of a campus in many ways correlates directly to the vibrancy and productivity of its relationship with the city in which it is located” said UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White. “We are delighted to be able to share some of our ‘best practices’ with other universities and cities across the state and also roll up our sleeves and learn innovative new ways to work together.”

The two day program will feature four keynote sessions and 12 interactive panel discussions on topics including economic development, student engagement and behavior, joint advocacy and best practices. Panelists and speakers are confirmed from cities, colleges and universities, both public and private, from across the state.

One keynote session will feature Robert Hertzberg, former Speaker of the California Assembly and current co-chair of California Forward, and Jim Brulte, former Senate and Assembly leader.

A mayor/chancellor/president discussion will feature Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, University of San Diego President Mary Lyons, Cal Poly Pomona President J. Michael Ortiz and UCR Chancellor White.

Other confirmed keynote speakers include Brian McGowan, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, and Kim Griffo, executive director of the International Town and Gown Association.

The concept of a California town-gown conference is the brainchild of Mayors Bates and Loveridge.

“We both agreed there needed to be a forum to share best practices on how to cultivate successful town-gown relationships and how to rebuild damaged ones,” Loveridge said.

The first conference was held at UC Davis in 2006. Since then it has taken place at UCLA and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

For more information about the conference, online registration, and hotel specials visit: town-gown conference or call 951-827-5284.

With the help of key sponsors including the League of California Cities, University of California and California State University system, the cost of the conference is only $125 per person.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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