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The 2023 International Town & Gown Association's City & University Relations Conference 
Hosted by Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins, Colorado 

Building Resilient Communities 

Background and Invitation to Submit

Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins are honored and excited to host the 2023 ITGA City & University Relations Conference June 7-9, 2023.

The 2023 conference theme is “Building Resilient Communities.” Since their beginnings, Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins have lived this theme as they navigate shared experiences of growth and expansion as well as devastation and loss. Through innovation, imagination, and creative partnerships, the two entities have worked together to create a vibrant and thriving community that is internationally recognized for its town-gown relations.

Recognized as one of the best places to live in Colorado by an article recently published in Nasdaq, Fort Collins is well-known for its burgeoning breweries, platinum rated bike-friendly culture, vibrant arts and music scene, as well as for its health-conscious and “green” way of living (not to mention a leading public research university). Playing off these themes, we are seeking innovative proposals on topics that provide insight into the evolving nature of the work of universities, government entities, and other community partners. The call for proposals closes Wednesday, February 15, 2023. 

ITGA Core Competencies

Each proposal must connect to one of ITGA’s Core Competencies below. For more information, click here.

  • Building Community: Strengthening, adding, and growing diverse, equitable and inclusive opportunities for all members of the community
  • Transforming Relationships: Creating collaborative partnerships to foster economic growth and success of the community
  • Wellbeing: Creating a balanced approach to health, safety and wellness to faculty, staff, students and community members
  • Resiliency: Responding to environmental challenges

Track Descriptions

Who Should Submit

  • Mayors
  • City administrators
  • Elected officials
  • University/college presidents
  • Vice presidents
  • City/campus police officers
  • City/campus planners
  • City/campus housing administrators
  • Parking/transportation officers
  • Students/community members
  • Private housing developers 
  • And many others sharing a unified town gown vision

Alternative Sessions

Mobile Sessions: Conference attendees from the Fort Collins community are invited to submit proposals for mobile sessions. Mobile sessions offer participants the ability to leave the conference site for unique interactive experiences. Each mobile session will be scheduled for no more than two hours. Transportation and any other costs are the responsibility of the presenters in coordination with the Host Committee. Mobile sessions will be submitted, evaluated and accepted on the same basis as other proposals for concurrent sessions and should address learning objectives and outcomes. These are not meant to be merely campus and/or community tours. Proposals should include a logistics timeline indicating travel time to and from the conference site. Mobile session topics must fit into one of the six tracks. 

TED Style: New this year is an option for 10-20 minute "TED Style" talks that will be scattered throughout the conference. 

Presentation Information and Important Dates

  • Time: Sessions are limited to a total of 60 minutes, keeping into account the desire for interactive sessions encouraging attendee participation and Ted Style is 20 minutes.
  • Technology: Rooms are equipped with audio/visual capabilities-projector screens and/or flat screen TVs and adaptors to connect to any kind of laptop/mobile device. 
  • Proposal submission deadlines: You must submit your proposal on or before Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
  • Authors notified of selection: You will be notified on or before March 31, 2023 regarding the status of your proposal.

Suggested Guidelines for a Successful Session

Representative of multiple organizations: Sessions should be representative of town and gown relations, so it is important to include both university and community stakeholder perspectives.
Telling your story: Many times we focus on the “what” without exploring the “how.” We encourage you to share challenges and how you overcame these, as well as any lessons learned throughout the process. 
Show your data: Research, data and program evaluation are part of many processes and we are interested to understand this part of your experience. Make sure to share any data/metrics you have, as well as how that has informed your work.
Make it a conversation: Conference presenters can sometimes fall into the routine of lecture-style and/or tour-like presentations that are not always the most engaging for attendees. We want this conference to be an exchange of information, so we encourage you to develop your classroom and/or mobile style session as interactive and conversational as possible.
Session title: Your title should reflect your description. Make it accurate and succinct.