Yale President Shares Success of Partnership with New Haven at Case Western Reserve Colloquium

Yale’s commitment to spur economic development within New Haven, and the thriving partnership it enjoys with its host city, recently drew the attention of the incoming president of Case Western Reserve University, who invited Yale President Richard Levin to present his accomplishments at a colloquium titled “Great Universities and Their Cities” held January 30 at the school in Cleveland, Ohio.

Levin, accompanied by Bruce Alexander, vice president of the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, shared a presentation titled “Universities and Cities: The View from New Haven” with some of the more than 700 who attended Case Western’s Inauguration Colloquium, which centered around the January 30 inauguration of the school’s new president, Edward M. Hundert. Inspired by President Levin’s leadership and results in economic development and the public schools partnership in the New Haven community, Hundert invited him to Case Western where they discussed the success of Yale’s many community initiatives.

The colloquium sought to establish that the most effective universities of the next generation will be those that can serve as catalysts for vitality in their regions. The goal was to have all participants leave with a stronger and more informed commitment to creating cohesion and alliances between great universities and their cities, and a greater appreciation for the benefits that these relationships can bring to all concerned. Case Western Reserve and Cleveland are embarking on a partnership much like the one between Yale and New Haven and they hope to achieve similar results.

Highlights of the discussions included Yale and New Haven’s efforts to promote economic development, which resulted in $1.5 billion of capital investments for the city’s biotech cluster.

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