John Gutenberger, Senior Advisor, Office of Community Relations, Cornell University
Cornell University and its home community of Ithaca have a relationship that spans 150 years. The success of both is intricately intertwined. The cooperative and collaborative environment that is a cornerstone of current relations has resulted from years of experience, negotiations, shared visions, and trial and error. As a college town, Ithaca’s economic vitality and quality of life has been greatly influenced by nearby higher education institutions. This presentation will explore how Cornell University and Ithaca have addressed issues such as University expansion and building within the home community. Specific examples will be provided and lessons learned will be shared.
John Gutenberger is a graduate of Michigan State University. He has served four terms on ithaca’s Common Council and three terms as Ithaca’s mayor. He is also a former supermarket owner.
Cornell University and Town/Gown Partnerships
Binghamton University Downtown Center
Speaker – John Gutenberger (Cornell University)
Attendees – Lisa Altman (Binghamton University), James Baumgartner (retired), Janice Cheng (Binghamton University), Thomas Costello (City of Binghamton), John Duncan (Education Consultant), Robin Eccleston (STAHR/Stafkings), Donna Fish (Independent Consultant), Howard Garrity (US SBA), Christian Harris (NYS Department of Labor), John Hayek (Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition), Steve Johnson (Riger Marketing Communications), Kenneth Kamlet (Hinman, Howard & Kattell), Michael Marinaccio (Town of Dickinson), Carolyn Lewis (SUNY Oneonta), Dan McCormack (Center for Applied Community Research & Development), Bobbie Nabinger (MonaVie), Roni O’Geen (SUNY Empire State College), Brian Rose (Binghamton University), Jesan Sorrells (Human Services Consulting and Training), Cyndi Paddick (BMTS), Jeff Smith (Endwell Rotary), Mike Straight (STREDC/NYSERDA), Mary Sze-Tu (Social Worker), Mary Whitmore (Liquid karma Record Label, LLC), Tony Worm (Binghamton University), Jennifer Yonkoski (BMTS), Erik Jensen (WSKG), Cherrie Navarro (DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton), Jamie Jacobs (Riger Marketing Communications), Joseph Ponzi (NYSERDA)
- J. Baumgartner welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. He reminded everyone that this session was being recorded and a link to the recording would be placed on the SUNY BEST website.
- Speaker John Gutenberger began his presentation. Cornell University and Ithaca have a relationship that covers 150 years; the success of both is intricately intertwined. Over the years, the relationship between Ithaca and nearby higher education institutions has evolved. The cooperative and collaborative environment that is a cornerstone of current relations has resulted from years of experience, negotiations, shared visions and trial and error. As a college town, Ithaca’s economic vitality and quality of life has been greatly influenced by nearby higher education institutions. Gutenberger explored how Cornell University and Ithaca have addressed issues such as university student housing expansion, building within the home community, and TCAT transportation system.
- Extended Q&A session followed by conversation among attendees.
The next meeting will take place on December 4, from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York.