Tom Eblen writes about Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell, who traveled to Lexington to speak about being a fellow University City. Troxell was the keynote for the Lafayette Seminar, an annual forum presented by the University of Kentucky’s Gaines Center for the Humanities. Following the speech, Mayor Troxell partnered with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to answer questions about the University Cities concept from a crowd of 50 Lexington leaders.
Mayor Wade Troxell of Fort Collins.
Columnist Tom Eblen explores the University Cities research and Mayor Jim Gray’s thoughts on the idea’s application in Lexington.
Lexington has been a college town for more than 200 years. But when Scott Shapiro, a top aide to Mayor Jim Gray, was benchmarking local data against other cities recently, he discovered something interesting: Lexington was one of six U.S. cities whose numbers place them in a unique category.
Tom Eblen: Lexington one of six ‘university cities’; can it take advantage?
NPR’s seemed surprised that Lincoln, Neb., a University City, was an emerging tech hub, teaming with young talent from the the University of Nebraska who wanted to stay in a low-cost city with a high quality of life. But that’s what University Cities offer…
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article about cities and universities drawing strength from one another.
“Even in today’s virtual world of online course and teleconferences, a college’s location might be more important than ever to its long-term prosperity as a residential campus. That’s because students need access to off-campus opportunities to apply their classroom learning in the real world during the academic year, through internships or research projects. Those hands-on opportunities, which increasingly differentiate colleges from one another, require a vibrant local economy with a diversity of employers and nonprofit organizations.”
A recent Bloomberg analysis ranked cities by income inequality, leading to a Gawker article pegging University towns as “pits of inequality.” But, a new analysis by Nate Silver’s 538 shows why it’s not actually true.