AT&T Announced as Presenting Sponsor for Intl. Town & Gown Conference at EKU in 2012

photo from AT&T announcement news conference

AT&T has been announced as the Presenting Sponsor for the International Town and Gown Association’s 7th annual University-City Relations Conference, to be held at Eastern Kentucky University June 4-8, 2012.

The sponsorship was announced at a late afternoon news conference held Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the EKU Center for the Arts.

In thanking AT&T, EKU President Doug Whitlock said events such as the annual ITGA conference “are impossible to put on without support from our friends in the private sector. This is one in a long series of good things that AT&T has done in Richmond and on this campus over the years.”

Mary Pat Regan, president of AT&T Kentucky, said: “We are so thrilled to be Presenting Sponsor. There couldn’t be a better combination (than EKU and the City of Richmond) to host such an event.”

Kim Griffo, executive director of the International Town and Gown Association, saluted AT&T as “incredible champions for higher education throughout Kentucky.” She also credited the partnership between the city and university for making EKU the ideal choice to host the 2012 conference. “This just doesn’t happen by accident.”

Organizers expect the conference will attract at least 400 attendees to EKU and Richmond, representing educational institutions and communities from throughout the U.S., Canada and several other countries, as well as representatives from institutions and communities in Europe, South America, and Asia with which EKU enjoys exchange agreements. Representatives are also expected from Australia.

The theme for the 2012 conference is “Town and Gown Partnerships for the Present and Future.”

Conference sessions will be conducted in the historic Keen Johnson Building and the nearby John Grant Crabbe Library and its nationally innovative Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. The opening reception will be held Monday, June 4, in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. In addition to keynote addresses delivered by leading figures in higher education and community development, breakout sessions and roundtable discussions will focus on a wide variety of topics in economic development, urban planning, student affairs, community relations, law enforcement, bioenergy, education, city/university planning, arts and culture and more. The final day of the conference will focus on certain aspects of the community and EKU that will be of specific interests to community and higher education leaders.

The evenings will feature special events designed to allow attendees to capture the local and campus flavors of hospitality. Also as a part of the conference activities, the EKU Center for the Arts will present a joint performance by three classic acts from the early days of rock ‘n’ roll: The Drifters, The Coasters and The Platters. (The concert will be open to the public as well.)

The International Town and Gown Association strives to become the primary information resource point for common issues between institutions of higher learning and the communities in which they reside, bringing together practitioners from varying fields to address immediate issues and future opportunities. The ITGA provides a network of resources to assist civic leaders, university officials, faculty, neighborhood residents and students to collaborate on common services, programs, academic research and citizen issues, creating an improved quality of life for all residents, students, visitors, faculty and staff. 

Since 2006, ITGA annual conferences have been held at the University of Florida, Texas A & M, Murray State University, Iowa State University and the University of Colorado.

A full list of the ITGA university and city members can be viewed at

Members of the Conference Planning Committee include President Whitlock, Marc Whitt, Charles Hickox, Debbie Hoskins, Lori Beth Miller, Jill Price, Caelin Scott, James Street and Mark Welker, all of EKU; and Mayor Jim Barnes, Jimmy Howard, Lori Murphy-Tatum, Donna Baird and Mendi Goble, all of the City of Richmond.

Registration information, as it becomes available, will be posted at For more information, contact Kim Griffo at or at 864-656-5077.  Those wishing to exhibit at the conference should contact Marc Whitt at or at 859-200-6976.

Published on November 30, 2011

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