From the Daily Hampshire Gazette (with permission)
By SCOTT MERZBACH
Monday, April 18, 2016
AMHERST – Six months into its work, subcommittees of a permanent board linking the town and the University of Massachusetts are continuing to research housing, economic development and arts and culture endeavors that will improve Amherst.
But even though few recommendations have been brought forward by these three subcommittees to the University-Town of Amherst Collaborative, Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek, its co-chairman, said subcommittee members are creating a foundation of understanding between the town and UMass, and will soon move into a stage where opportunities can be pursued.
“The consensus is that we’re looking for a real collaborative relationship with the subcommittees, not a really heavy top-down structure,” Ziomek said.