“CommUniversity” Partnerships 1 OCTOBER 15, 2010 – IDAHO APA Conference 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 2 Introductions • Tammi Laninga, UI Bioregional Planning and Community Design faculty • Wayne Benner, Chair, Priest River Community Advisory Board (university/community interface) 3 • Michele Vachon, UI Building Sustainable Communities Initiative and graduate student • Morgan Bessaw, UI Bioregional Planning and Community Design program graduate student Quick Poll • How many of you have worked with a university on a project before? 4 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 5 • 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 (servicelearning) BSCI Focus: Professional Development and Capacity Building Focus: Bioregional Planning and Community Design Interdisciplinary M.S. Degree Graduate Certificate Upper-Division Undergraduate and Graduate Courses 6 Academic Programs Collaborative for Effective Planning and Governance (CEPG) Learning and Practice Collaborative (LPC) Participatory Research Audience: Elected and Appointed Community Leaders Certified Public Official Program UI - Community Engagement UI Extension Service Learning Bioregional Planning Practice Considers Historic, Cultural, Economic, Social and Political Values Collaborative for Effective Planning and Governance (CEPG) Engages citizens and communities Academic Programs Learning and Practice Collaborative (LPC) Considers ecological boundaries & functions 7 Emphasizes solutions within the limits and potential of a region 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 8 • 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 University of Idaho Partnership Model UI Extension Architecture Community Bioregional Planning 9 Landscape Architecture Academic Planning Program 2nd • Atlas • Comp Plan 1st Semester Semester • Studio I • Hands-on • Project scale 3rd & Beyond Where have we worked…… • CDA Reservation, Plummer • Priest River • Valley County & Cascade Where next? • Clearwater Basin • City of Moscow 11 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 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 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 Spring 2010 Studio Projects • Priest River, ID 1. Waterfront Redevelopment Project 2 15 2. Comprehensive Plan Update & Future land use map 3. Economic Development Case Studies 4. Community Engagement Project, including a Participation Toolbox Priest River: Community Engagement Project 16 Goals: 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. 17 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: - Threats - Strengths - Strategies - 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 18 Community Packet ‘toolbox’ • • • • • • • • 19 Teambuilding exercises Community case studies Active community groups National Park Service Community Toolbox Meeting data and results Community worksheets Articles Resources 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 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDIES 21 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDIES RESEARCH FOCUS AND SCOPE OF WORK • 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 22 Communities selected incorporated successful strategies into their economic development and revitalization efforts ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDIES Social Capital • Relationships within a community • Social networks as an asset • Positive or Negative Human Capital • Knowledge through education and experience • Increases in productivity correspond to higher wages Natural Capital • Natural amenities and resources • Natural Amenity Index as proxy Financial Capital • Wages, Labor vs. Non-labor Income 23 Priest River’s Capitals Framework Natural Capital Physical 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) • Buildings: Beardmore Building Renovation 2009 • Historic Charbonneau Hotel-Renovation underway • Priest River Museum • Albeni Falls Dam Human Capital Social Capital • Education • Priest River Lamanna High School • Priest River Elementary • West Bonner County Library • Creative class 19% in 2000 • Community Groups • Priest River’s Soup Kitchen/ Churches to 4H and boy scouts (93) • Priest River Timber Days Celebration • Voter turnout 78% (2008) 24 Lessons from Peer Communities Leavenworth Dayton Hailey Cultural Tourism Historic Preservation Resort Tourism Main Street Regional Spill-over Quality of Life Agrotourism Bedroom Community Common Vision 25 Lessons from Peer Communities Twisp Burlington Coeur d’ Alene Tourism Energy Tourism Art University Open Space Regional Natural Amenities Ecology 26 What does this mean for Priest River? 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 27 Partner Community Benefits • • • • • • Students help citizens imagine the future Volunteer hours – “grant match” [email protected] $17/hour Publicity = donor interest Conceptual designs, draft plans/ordinances Faculty and student expertise Spin-off projects for focused student work 28 Benefits to the Community Increased citizen awareness of community planning issues Increased community’s ability to gain grant funding Increased citizen involvement in community decision making Students/ faculty Value Added $36,839.85 VALUE 2,167 hours 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.” 31 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.” Priest River – “Value Added” USDA Rural Community • +University of Idaho $163, 846 Development Initiative • $40K of which goes directly to community for “economic development coach” for 18 mos.) Grant Inland NW Community Foundation Extension training • Community Strategies Grant $24,295 • Full-time Summer Intern, Part-time during school year • PRICELESS!!! • Grant writing for Chamber • Victory Garden Series, Food preservation, etc. Future’s Game - $2,500 • Visioning process, by David Beurle 32 Garden Intern 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: http://www.bioregionalplanning.uidaho.edu/ 34 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.” 35 “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.” 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.” 36 • University – Coordination among numerous departments – Contracts/money – Academic calendar vs. community calendar Questions/Comments THANK YOU! 37 Discussion Questions Partnership Questions Engagement Questions 1. Have you partnered with a 1. Does your community University or other group? have good public involvement in decision 2. If so, what projects? making? 3. What are some lessons 2. What steps has your learned from your community taken to partnership experiences? engage community 4. What are the members/increase advantages/challenges of citizen participation? working with Universities or other partners?