Kent State’s Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment to Host Symposium May 2-3

The Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment at Kent State University will host the 2014 Kent Transition Symposium on May 2-3. The symposium, which will be held at the Kent Campus and the new Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center located in downtown Kent, is intended for students, parents, school educators and administrators.

Kent State and City of Kent Receive Inaugural Award for Town-Gown Collaboration

Students enjoy some of the new stores in College Town Kent, a pedestrian-oriented shopping, office and lifestyle center developed by Fairmount Properties and its partners. The 185,000-square-foot development in downtown Kent includes the new AMETEK and Davey Tree buildings. Seen in the background is the new Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

The award was announced April 16 at the Bowman Breakfast, the semi-annual meeting and celebration of town-gown relations in Kent.
“This presentation best exemplified a town and university working together cohesively and promoting partnership and resources between all entities including the town, university, leaders, students, faculty and staff, neighborhood residents and businesses,” said Beth Bagwell, ITGA program director.

Kent State President Confident University, City Investments Are Already Paying Dividends

Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton said he has never been more confident that a major investment in the university and the surrounding downtown area will make a significant impact on the region’s future, but he also admits he is simultaneously concerned for thousands of students who rely on Federal Pell Grants to attend college. 

In a recent interview with WKYC-TV (Channel 3), Lefton said that downtown and university investments have already created more than 1,000 jobs through ongoing public-private partnerships.