Town-gown meeting Nov. 29 focuses on future development in Blacksburg

From: Student Affairs

The Affordable Housing Puzzle in Blacksburg will be the subject of the next town-gown meeting on Thursday, November 29. The meeting will be held in the O’Shaughnessy Residence Hall Classroom, 530 Washington Street, Blacksburg, Virginia. Matt Hanratty, assistant to the Town Manager, and Frank Shushok, senior associate vice president for Student Affiars at Virginia Tech, will co-lead the discussion, which will include a tour of the newly renovated O’Shaughnessy Hall.

The purposeful dialogue is facilitated by the town-gown committee, a group made up of Virginia Tech and Town of Blacksburg representatives. Co-chaired by Frank Shushok and Blacksburg Deputy Town Manager Steven Ross, the town-gown team holds six monthly forums each year on issues that generate conversation across campus and throughout Blacksburg. Student voices are a key part of the meetings, with members of the Virginia Tech Student Life Council taking an active role in the discussions. Students, faculty, staff, and town residents are invited to attend. 

Future town-gown meetings for 2018-19 are:

·         Thursday, Feb. 21: A Conversation with Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Police Chiefs with Chiefs Kevin Foust and Anthony Wilson. Location: Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Great Room, 700 Washington Street.

·         Thursday, March 21: 21st Century Transportation and Emerging Plans. Location: Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Great Room, 700 Washington Street.

·         Thursday, April 18: Working Together: Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Senior Leaders Talk. Location: Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Great Room, 700 Washington Street.  

All town-gown meetings are held at 6 p.m. The meetings are open to all interested members of the town and university communities.