Eugene and the University of Oregon were announced this week as the host site for the 2017 International Town & Gown Association (ITGA) conference by UO and City representatives attending the 2016 conference in Chicago. As a community with three higher education institutions and ever-developing relationships between them and municipal government, Eugene is well-suited as a host city.
The International Town & Gown Association is the premier resource for addressing challenges, emerging issues and opportunities between and among institutions of higher education and the communities in which they reside. The organization provides a network of professionals and resources that helps identify and share leading practices, innovative solutions and professional development opportunities for municipal and university communities. The University of Oregon and the City of Eugene are both active ITGA members.
Over the next year a planning committee with two dozen representatives from the UO, the City of Eugene, Lane Community College, Travel Lane County, and other partners will work with the ITGA board and staff to plan all aspects of the conference that typically attracts around 400 participants. Eugene is the first ITGA conference host city on the West Coast and the event will be among one of the first to be held in the new state-of-the-art conference facilities in the expanded Erb Memorial Union.