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1 1 Institutional Growth: Conflict and Opportunity Thomas E. Deller, AICP, Director Department of Planning & Development

2 2 Providence Founded in 1636 Capital City of Rhode Island City population of 180,000 – (students, tourists, workers and undocumented residents - nearly doubles population) State population over 1 million - Metropolitan Area population of over 1.3 million 2nd largest city in New England - fastest growing city in New England City 18.1 square miles of land area – 95% developed Median household income – 60% of state 45% of the citys tax base is tax exempt

3 3 Challenges Providence is 95% developed Flat tax Base Donor Community Schools

4 4 Impact of Institutional growth Loss of Tax Base 37% of citys tax base is tax exempt Over $80 million in tax base acquired since 2003

5 5 Impact of Institutional growth Public safety - Noise, disturbances, underage drinking, violence to and by students Housing shortages Town vs. gown Impact on neighborhood

6 6 Impact of Institutional growth Providence is a Built city – limited land available Competition for land Tax paying vs. tax exempt Redevelopment – Who benefits?

7 7 Providence Institutions risd

8 8 Brown University Undergraduates: 5,754 Graduate: 1,633 Medical: 357 Total: 7,744 Browns campus is composed of 238 buildings and sits on 143 acres in Providence.

9 9 Rhode Island School of Design Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877 in Providence, RI, is a vibrant community of artists and designers that includes 2,200 students from around the world, approximately 350 faculty and curators, and 400 staff members.

10 10 Providence College Academic Year 2006-07 Student Enrollment Undergraduate: 3,998 Graduate: 837 School of Continuing Education: 596 105-acre campus

11 11 Johnson & Wales University Since opened their doors in 1914. Their first and largest campus is in Providence. They now have campuses in five states. J&W's Providence Campus consists of two locations, with a total of nearly 10,000 students, representing all 50 states and 78 countries. Johnson & Wales University

12 12 The Downcity Campus is home to students in the College of Business, The Hospitality College, and the School of Technology. The Harborside Campus is where students study in the College of Culinary Arts, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School, and the School of Education

13 13 Rhode Island College is located on a 180-acre campus in the Mount Pleasant section of Providence. It serves approximately 9,000 students in courses and programs both on and off campus. Rhode Island College

14 14 University/City Cooperation Payment in Lieu of Taxes 20-year, $49m landmark agreement with Brown, J&W, PC and RISD Public Safety City police/college security cooperation Shared resources - MESH network, homeland security & training Education partnerships mentoring teachers, mentoring students, adopting schools)

15 15 How do you strike the right balance between institutional growth & taxpayer affordability?

16 16 First Steps Understand the consequences of institutional growth on the city Recognize institutions are citizens of the city & bear responsibility in creating sound, creative partnerships and solutions Work together to grow the citys tax base and minimize negative impacts or growth

17 17 How do we get there? Colleges/universities are critical economic engines Spin off small tax paying businesses Create jobs for residents Create tax paying research and development space Work with city to develop legislation for income tax sharing between city and state Colleges/universities densify land use of existing campus Continue and expand PILOT

18 18 How do we get there? contd Colleges/universities leverage assets Redevelopment of underused real estate Develop venture capital relationship with business community e.g. Yale University Form a for-profit real estate entity to develop housing, retail etcetera e.g. University of Pennsylvania

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