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1 “CommUniversity” Partnerships 1 OCTOBER 15, 2010 – IDAHO APA Conference

2 2 Presentation Overview Introductions Community/University Partnerships University of Idaho’s Building Sustainable Communities Initiative University of Idaho’s Partnership Model Academic Program Chronology Community Projects Community Insights Student Insights Value Added Lessons Learned Session Discussion Questions

3 Introductions Tammi Laninga, UI Bioregional Planning and Community Design faculty Wayne Benner, Chair, Priest River Community Advisory Board (university/community interface) Michele Vachon, UI Building Sustainable Communities Initiative and graduate student Morgan Bessaw, UI Bioregional Planning and Community Design program graduate student 3

4 Quick Poll How many of you have worked with a university on a project before? 4

5 Community-University Partnerships Historic University/ Community Involvement – Land Grant Universities – Design Centers University of Chicago University of Maryland Critiques – Treating communities as “pockets of need, laboratories for experimentation, or passive recipients of expertise Recent Resurgence of Partnerships – Support by University Presidents and Provosts for universities to “be engaged in problem solving for the broader society and the state and local community” – Broadening Pedagogical Paradigms (service- learning) 5

6 Focus: Bioregional Planning and Community Design Interdisciplinary M.S. Degree Graduate Certificate Upper-Division Undergraduate and Graduate Courses UI - Community Engagement UI Extension Service Learning Participatory Research Focus: Professional Development and Capacity Building Audience: Elected and Appointed Community Leaders Certified Public Official Program Learning and Practice Collaborative (LPC) Collaborative for Effective Planning and Governance (CEPG) Academic Programs 6 BSCI

7 Bioregional Planning Practice Considers ecological boundaries & functions Engages citizens and communities Emphasizes solutions within the limits and potential of a region Considers Historic, Cultural, Economic, Social and Political Values Learning and Practice Collaborative (LPC) Collaborative for Effective Planning and Governance (CEPG) Academic Programs 7

8 Participating Colleges/Departments College of Art and Architecture – Landscape Architecture – Architecture College of Natural Resources – Conservation Social Sciences College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences – Political Science College of Science – Geography College of Engineering – Civil Engineering (Transportation) College of Agriculture – Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology – Extension College of Education – Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance College of Law College of Graduate Studies UI Extension 8

9 University of Idaho Partnership Model Community UI Extension Landscape Architecture Bioregional Planning Architecture 9

10 Academic Planning Program Atlas Comp Plan 1st Semester Studio I Hands-on 2 nd Semester Project scale 3rd & Beyond

11 Where have we worked…… CDA Reservation, Plummer Priest River Valley County & Cascade Where next? Clearwater Basin City of Moscow 11

12 How did it all begin? Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Brownfield division, contacted U of I about several upcoming projects in Priest River – Old dump site –grants in place, needed design concepts – Waterfront - development options (commercial and park) City ready to update comprehensive plan, Community interested in economic development ideas Summer of 2009 – – Faculty/staff from U of I met with the mayor and about 20 interested community members. 12

13 Commitments from the City of Priest River Mayor formed the Priest River Community Advisory Board – interface between city and university City agreed to support student/faculty travel and printing costs City gave U of I $10,900, which was also used as in-king match on joint grant application

14 Fall 2009 Projects Architecture, landscape architecture and planning programs focused class work in the region – City master plans – Old dump site/new park conceptual designs – Regional atlas

15 Spring 2010 Studio Projects Priest River, ID 1. Waterfront Redevelopment Project 2 2. Comprehensive Plan Update & Future land use map 3. Economic Development Case Studies 4. Community Engagement Project, including a Participation Toolbox 15

16 Priest River: Community Engagement Project 16

17 1.Create a youth voice, instill pride within the community. 2.Establish a community vision. 3.Find local organizations or individuals to keep PRIDE moving forward. 4.Create a toolbox of resources for the community to use in future community engagement. Goals: 17

18 What Happened: 1. Researched active organizations in Priest River area – Complied contact information for community 2. First two meetings: Facilitated conversation with community members to identify: - Strengths - Values 3. Third and fourth Meetings: - Presented findings from previous meetings - Created an action plan for identified strategies - Generated commitment for action strategies 4. Presented results to community with “tool box” of resources - Threats - Strategies 18

19 Community Packet ‘toolbox’ Teambuilding exercises Community case studies Active community groups National Park Service Community Toolbox Meeting data and results Community worksheets Articles Resources 19

20 Results: Student constraints – Funding – Compressed time frame Lack of community trust Differences in schedules Unable to recover materials Community apathy and fear Good experience for what working in a community can actually be like!! 20


22 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDIES Research Goal – Hypothesis Generating Study – To examine case studies of rural communities that have been successful in achieving community and economic development goals in the face of changing rural conditions  Communities selected incorporated successful strategies into their economic development and revitalization efforts RESEARCH FOCUS AND SCOPE OF WORK 22

23 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDIES Relationships within a community Social networks as an asset Positive or Negative Knowledge through education and experience Increases in productivity correspond to higher wages Natural amenities and resources Natural Amenity Index as proxy Wages, Labor vs. Non-labor Income Social Capital Human Capital Natural Capital 23 Financial Capital

24 Priest River’s Capitals Framework 24 Natural Capital Natural Amenity index = 5 Waterfront, virgin lumber, scenery, national forest, mountains Recreation, Water Sports, Snow Skiing, camping, hiking, mt. biking, fishing Priest River Experimental Forest (1911) Physical Capital Buildings: Beardmore Building Renovation 2009 Historic Charbonneau Hotel-Renovation underway Priest River Museum Albeni Falls Dam Human Capital Education Priest River Lamanna High School Priest River Elementary West Bonner County Library Creative class 19% in 2000 Social Capital Community Groups Priest River’s Soup Kitchen/ Churches to 4H and boy scouts (93) Priest River Timber Days Celebration Voter turnout 78% (2008)

25 Lessons from Peer Communities 25 Leavenworth Cultural Tourism Main Street Common Vision Dayton Historic Preservation Regional Spill-over Agrotourism Hailey Resort Tourism Quality of Life Bedroom Community

26 Lessons from Peer Communities 26 Twisp TourismArtEcology Burlington EnergyUniversityRegional Coeur d’ Alene TourismOpen Space Natural Amenities

27 Important economic and social trends taken from case studies Downtown Renewal Quality of Life Attract Creative Class/ Growing Industries Diversified economy Celebrate town heritage in future development Think regionally/ maximize use of natural amenities Sustainable projects Cooperation with one vision What does this mean for Priest River? 27

28 Partner Community Benefits Students help citizens imagine the future Volunteer hours – “grant match” -@ $17/hour Publicity = donor interest Conceptual designs, draft plans/ordinances Faculty and student expertise Spin-off projects for focused student work 28

29 Benefits to the Community Increased citizen involvement in community decision making Increased citizen awareness of community planning issues Increased community’s ability to gain grant funding

30 Value Added Students/ faculty 2,167 hours $36,839.85 VALUE

31 Community Quotes: - Community Engagement “All the students made the community of Priest River feel important, in my opinion, and when a community feels that they are more than "Just a Grade" then individual pride in the community, as a whole, becomes more stimulated and I feel the students excelled in this regard.” Common Vision “I have truly enjoyed working with the students and faculty. I learned a lot of great ideas and hope to continue being educated for the next two years.” 31

32 Priest River – “Value Added” +University of Idaho $163, 846 $40K of which goes directly to community for “economic development coach” for 18 mos.) USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Community Strategies Grant $24,295 Full-time Summer Intern, Part-time during school year Inland NW Community Foundation PRICELESS!!! Grant writing for Chamber Victory Garden Series, Food preservation, etc. Extension training Visioning process, by David Beurle Future’s Game - $2,500 32

33 Garden Intern

34 University Benefits Hands-on/applied learning Faculty and student research Successful grants (student volunteer hours) Regional Awards (C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement) To learn more, please visit us on the web: 34

35 Student Quotes “working with the community of Priest River made the experience real. We were able to provide documents and maps that would be used. It made the hard work worth while.” “utilizing students is a good way to get participation from communities, since they can be seen as a third party, impartial source; and it also is a good way for students to add value to their education by adding real world experience.” 35

36 Lessons Learned Community – Commitment to get the community engaged “From my standpoint I believe the city did not do enough to prep the community for the UI program. We should have had 50% city participation and 50% UI and I feel it was more 10%, 90% with the City expecting to get a lot for nothing.” University – Coordination among numerous departments – Contracts/money – Academic calendar vs. community calendar 36

37 THANK YOU! Questions/Comments 37

38 Discussion Questions Partnership Questions 1.Have you partnered with a University or other group? 2.If so, what projects? 3.What are some lessons learned from your partnership experiences? 4.What are the advantages/challenges of working with Universities or other partners? Engagement Questions 1.Does your community have good public involvement in decision making? 2.What steps has your community taken to engage community members/increase citizen participation?

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