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Kent City, Kent State Officials Discuss Upcoming Weekend Safety


Kent State University and the City of Kent announced today their shared commitment to enhancing city and university relationships while also ensuring the safety and protection of citizens and students.

Kent State President Lester A. Lefton and Kent City Manager David Ruller held a joint press conference today to demonstrate a united front by reminding the community of the vital town/gown relationship that purposefully focuses on their shared future.

Lefton said, “Since its founding, Kent State has been a vital partner in the community. One hundred years ago, the city leaders demonstrated a sense of purpose in starting a normal school.  Today, we are revitalizing that great and complex agreement by focusing on the future we want to build together, and enhancing the quality of life that we both need to grow and prosper.

“But more than that, we have deep relationships – from the multiple generations of our alumni who reside here and build lives and raise families to the businesses that support and are supported by our students and employees. That makes us family more than neighbors.”

Ruller added, “A world-class university brings significant value to the city that it’s in, and a strong, vital city that offers a good quality of life helps attract great students, faculty and staff to the university. This is something for which we have started building a foundation and are in serious pursuit of tangible projects and goals that will be meaningful to both the university and the city of Kent.

“Our end goal is to have a community where each student who graduates from Kent State has the opportunity to seriously consider the city of Kent for good employment opportunities and a great quality of life.”

An example of the type of relationship both the university and the city would like to continue to foster is demonstrated by Kent Displays Inc., where Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland visited today. Kent Displays specializes in the commercialization of advanced display technologies and is the exclusive worldwide licensee for Kent State University's Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Display technology developed at the Liquid Crystal Institute for sign and display applications.

Other recent and current collaborative projects mentioned were the School of Art gallery; the Phoenix Project, which will include student-run businesses; plans to extending the Esplanade from campus to downtown; the recently completed Portage Hike and Bike Trail that links the campus and community;  and the proposed hotel and conference center, which will not only attract businesses but also families who come to tour campus, and which will serve as a gathering place for world-class scholars as well as local associations and organizations.

In closing, Lefton and Ruller emphasized their commitment to “safeguard all Kent residents, and to prevent the actions of a few from ruining the fun and risking the safety of others,” as occurred during last weekend’s off-campus parties.

“The city's police department will strictly enforce our laws regarding underage drinking, carrying open containers with alcohol, and disturbance from loud noise,” Ruller said.

 
 

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