UMass Amherst, Town of Amherst and Partners Discuss Town-Gown Efforts at Annual ITGA Conference

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AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Town of Amherst showcased their efforts to create a stronger university-town relationship during presentations at the 2017 International Town & Gown Association (ITGA) conference May 30 to June 1 in Eugene, Oregon.

The annual conference attracted approximately 300, including municipal and university administrators, police and business officials from college towns around the country and internationally.

UMass Amherst representatives included Sally Linowski, associate dean of students; Eric Beal, neighborhood liaison, external relations; and Lt. Damian DeWolf, UMass Amherst Police Department.

Geoff Kravitz, economic development director, and officer Bill Laramee, community liaison with the Amherst Police Department, attended on behalf of the town. Wendy Jones Boisseau, a partner in Jones Properties, joined as part of the presentation team representing the perspective of property owners and managers. 

Jones Boisseau, Beal, DeWolf, Linowski and Laramee presented details of a first-ever collaboration of town and campus police, landlords, town inspectors and university officials using approaches based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to deal with large, off-campus parties that have defied traditional prevention efforts. The team discussed the application of CPTED in current projects and how conference participants might use CPTED strategies to address large-scale parties in their home communities. 

ITGA is a resource for addressing challenges, emerging issues and opportunities between institutions of higher education and their communities. Its mission is to strengthen partnerships by providing a network of professionals and resources and by identifying and sharing leading practices, innovative solutions and professional development opportunities for municipal and university communities. UMass Amherst and the Town of Amherst have been a joint city/university member of ITGA since 2011.