Cornell to host town-gown economic development conference April 7

WHAT: Town-Gown Economic Development Conference

WHEN: Friday, April 7, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, lower level, 130 E. Seneca St., Ithaca, N.Y.

MEDIA: Media members must RSVP to Lindsey Hadlock in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-6121 or by 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 6.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations is hosting a town-gown conference on Friday, April 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Higher education and municipal officials will discuss shared interests and opportunities related to housing and town-gown relations, as well as how colleges and universities support economic growth in their communities.

A housing discussion on partnerships designed to develop and promote affordable housing as well as housing challenges and opportunities will take place at 11:25 a.m.

Speakers include:

  • Kristin Appelget, Director of Community and Regional Affairs, Princeton University
  • Ed LeClear, Director, Planning & Community Development, State College, Penn.
  • Mike Kennerknecht, Economic Development Coordinator & Assistant Director of State Relations, University of Rochester
  • Paul Mazzarella, Executive Director, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Mary Beth Labate, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), will offer additional remarks on town-gown relationships at 10:50 a.m. cIcu is an Albany based not-for-profit organization that represents the chief executives of New York’s 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy.

Lindsey Hadlock
office: 607-255-6121
cell: 607-269-6911

Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews.