Ann Arbor.Com article U-M Expansion....Tax Base
2/10/13 - An article by Kellie Woodhouse of AnnArbor.com states that property acquisition in Ann Arbor will cause the city to lose tax revenue as the university is exempt from paying taxes.
"When we do purchase property, it is for a very specific mission-driven purpose or it is very strategically located," says U-M Chief Financial Officer Timothy Slottow . "It's always nice when you're the size that we are if you have some opportunity to build a building on your core site, and we are basically land-constrained on central campus." Read original article
Community Relations Guest Column Retort
2/28/13 - Jim Kosteva, Director of Community Relations at U-M, wrote in a guest column that while it's easy to look at the "cons" of land acquisition, there are many "pros" to the community as well.
Comparing taxable value of property during that same time period in other Michigan cities that host state universities Shows there is both greater growth in property values and greater insulation from decline. See Tax Value Chart.
Read entire article: Word Docx or AnnArbor.com
Ann Arbor / Community News
Project Healthy Schools
A community-University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) collaborative Project Healthy Schools (PHS) provides a school-based program, in local schools to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. Focusing primarily on sixth grade students, PHS aims to stem the tide of this epidemic by teaching area youth healthy habits, developing healthy school environments, and creating an infrastructure that supports program sustainability and replication. Students, generally in their first year at middle school, participate in 10 hands-on activities. Step by step instructions, goals, props, required preparation, and additional enrichment activities are all included in the written activities. Activities provide learning experiences and tips on how students can put the 5 PHS key areas or goals into practice in their daily lives. For more information visit: www.projecthealthyschools.org
Research and Sponsored Projects.
Links to funding opportunity databases, hints for effective searches and directions for signing up for various alert services are available on the U-M Research Web site.
A2 Recycling. Questions answered HEREPosted online at recycleannarbor.org or by phone at 734.662.6288. Sign up for the Residential Energy Challange!
It's almost finished! The Ann Arbor Bridges Project has traffic updates for road closures and construction dates for the Stadium Blvd. / State Street project, posted detour routes and public meeting dates/times.
Community Relations Director Jim A. Kosteva coordinates activities linked with community organizations and local government officials in the greater Ann Arbor area and southeastern Michigan
Community Relations coordinates the various University of Michigan partnerships, services and links between U-M and government and community organizations representing the greater Ann Arbor area and Southeastern Michigan.
Key service areas include:
- Coordination of campus planning and construction with local officials
- Communication and resolution of public and campus safety concerns
- Mediation of parking, transportation, neighborhood, and housing concerns
- Assistance to local and state economic development interests
- Administration of the annual University United Way Campaign
- Partnership coordination between U-M and local arts and business communities
- Representation of U-M at community and governmental public hearings
- Facilitation of rapid response communications to address immediate needs
A Community Guide is now available with hundreds of listings
in areas such as The Arts, Health, Family Life and Work Life.
Teachers will find many resources for student activities and professional development.
New! A Google map which shows the locations of projects impacting traffic flow in the City of Ann Arbor.
Sign up to receive news email updates on the "news" page; see what's coming up on Community Television Network (CTN) homepage; check out any road closures that might cause a detour, from the "road and lane closures" page.
Save the Date! June 14 - July 7. Tons of fun for the entire family. Read about Tangle, Superhero and more!
View and download the A2SF Calendar here
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