"The ITGA’s annual conference offers a wealth of knowledge and leading practice ideas, a plethora of networking opportunities and a solid foundation on which to grow policies and procedures for future Town and Gown success.
Based in the United Kingdom we have found that the International aspect of ITGA is of enormous benefit to us and it is always exciting to find out about new innovations and ideas from the United States and Canada that will be transferable in a British setting. Manchester, UK has implemented a number of practices gleaned from ITGA Conference and look forward to Eugene, Oregon where we can continue our learning.
Additionally the conference provides an amazing opportunity for professional development via the Certificate Programme levels I+II – nothing like this exists in a European context and ITGA leads the way in the advancement of core training for off-campus practitioners."
Cooper Healey, Manager, Manchester Student Homes, The United Kingdom
"In spending my time in both worlds (university and city), it is vital when the two come together at the ITGA conference to discuss best practices around community engagement. Having city officials and staff engage with higher education administrators enables true collaboration. I have seen and heard the best ideas forming at the conference, because it allows for creative brainstorming and follow up with others who are doing the work across the nation and world. This conference shapes next practices in town and gown partnerships."
Emily Allen, Assistant Vice President, Community Relations, Northern Arizona University
"The ITGA Conference is a great place to explore and exchange new ideas, test some best practices, and discuss common trends and challenges. In the end, we can take this notion of Town/Gown Relations to a whole new level of commitment and success."
Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Director, Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland
"Through ITGA conferences, I have gained exposure to many new concepts that haven proven very useful to my present and future work. It is also mutually beneficial to meet professionals dealing with the same set of problems in different circumstances and explore the ways they have resolved those conflicts."
Susan Stafford, Director, Off Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations, University of Colorado Boulder
"ITGA is an excellent way to network with peers and learn new ways of dealing with common sources of conflict in a town and gown community. The annual conference and individual presentations are of enormous benefit, chocked full of fresh ideas for your community or institution!"
Lisa Dvorak, Community Liaison, San Marcos Police Department
"Cal Poly is extremely thankful for the many benefits the ITGA and its annual conference provide. Universities and local governments across the nation and globe have many of the same challenges and opportunities. Sharing those experiences and efforts -- both successful and unsuccessful -- leads to best practices and progress. Our ITGA-fostered connections and the opportunity to share and hear what others are doing to strengthen town-gown relationships have proven to be invaluable. The simple act of preparing for and following up on what we learn at the conference each year has brought Cal Poly and our San Luis Obispo governmental and community partners closer together, with a renewed commitment to progress, and a greater appreciation for our shared purpose."
Courtney Kienow, Director of Community Relations, California Polytechnic State University
"Five years ago when our college town initiative was just getting off the ground we sent a team to the ITGA conference including the certification program. This was an exceptional beginning for our effort with both city and university team members attending. I walked away with lots of great ideas and a strong commitment to do all I can to build the relationship between the City of Ogden and Weber State University. We have subsequently attended and presented at each conference. For anyone interested in building your town and gown effort this conference is a must!"
Bill Cook, Executive Director, Ogden City Council, Co-Chair of the College Town Inititative
"For me, the ITGA Conference affirms the prevention and community building work we do. It is an invaluable way to connect with other town-gown professionals, and energizes me with fresh approaches to consider in my community."
Eric Beal, Neighborhood Liaison, External Relations & University Events, University of Massachusetts Amherst