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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12. 2013
Communities and Colleges Moving Michigan Forward Together
Michigan Municipal League Magazine Focuses on ‘Town-Gown’ Partnerships
As a state, Michigan shouldn’t just want more jobs. Rather we should want more high-paying jobs, which require highly skilled, highly educated people to fill them.
So how does Michigan get the workforce to power this “knowledge-based economy?” Equally important, how do we keep our college graduates from leaving Michigan for perceived greener pastures?
The Michigan Municipal League’s most recent edition of The Review magazine examines these questions by focusing on the importance of Town-Gown relationships. What does Town-Gown mean? Simply put, Town-Gown is the interaction between the residents of a college or university community (Town) and the students and personnel of the college (Gown). It’s important that universities and host towns cooperate to educate the type of college graduates that businesses desire and create the types of communities this workforce wants.
“When it comes to the value of higher education are we getting the message?” asks Michigan Municipal League CEO Daniel Gilmartin in his column featured in the magazine. “Not yet, obviously. Michigan currently ranks a dismal 34th in the nation for the proportion of adults with a four-year degree. If we don’t have the resident talent base to attract knowledge-based businesses, then they aren’t going to set up shop here. And if they don’t set up shop here, even the talent we do have will be forced to leave in search of those jobs in other states. This issue of The Review not only shows the steps Michigan needs take to attract and retain talent, but it also gives examples of communities and colleges working together to accomplish this goal.”
The July/August 2013 magazine, available free online here, has articles on successful Town-Gown relationships in Alma (pages 22, 27-29), Big Rapids (pages 10-12), and Sault Ste. Marie (pages 38-39).
The magazine’s cover story is about the partnership between Alma and Alma College and how the relationship has evolved between the two long-standing entities.
Other highlights in the issue include:
The League’s May/June Review magazine was mailed out to subscribers this week. The print version of this magazine goes to more than 8,500 municipal leaders—mayors, city council, city managers, municipal staff—as well as state and federal politicians, numerous state agencies, and others interested in community placemaking efforts. The bimonthly magazine is also posted on the web at mml.org.