College-Town Energy Creates Buzz

Weber State’s college-town circle is growing bigger by the day. The College Town Initiative between the university and Ogden City has led to a chain reaction of energy that had some major sparks in 2014-15. In February, for instance, university and city leaders from across northern Utah gathered to celebrate deep-rooted partnerships.

Other expansions included the inaugural meeting of the College Town Advisory Committee, a large committee consisting of industry and community partners who will lend their expertise to the town-and-gown effort. In addition, the city and university met with groups from across the community in an initial Diversity Connections gathering, which seeks to strengthen communication channels and relationships with residents who reflect the unique and diverse makeup of the Ogden area.

All this college-town activity has the world buzzing. Weber State and Ogden both received the Larry Abernathy Award from the International Town & Gown Association’s conference in June 2015. Clemson, South Carolina’s Joint City-University Board bestowed the award, recognizes excellent college-town relationships.

Weber State University and Ogden City representatives receive the Larry Abernathy Award in Washington, D.C.

Left to Right: Richard Hyer, Ogden City Council chair; Bill Cook, executive director for the Ogden City Council; Shane Farver, chief of staff for WSU’s President’s Office; and Brad Mortensen, vice president of University Advancement for WSU.