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2003 Press Releases

Blueprint for Collaboration Applauded

WASHINGTON, Pa. (June 26, 2003)— The Blueprint for Collaboration, developed to establish a shared vision for the future between Washington & Jefferson College and the city of Washington, is being recognized as a benchmark for cooperation between institutions of higher education and their host communities. Most recently, the Washington Business District Authority received the Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s Townie Award for the project.

“Washington has met with unusual success in achieving consensus and cooperation among the various groups that play a role in its downtown revitalization efforts,” said William S. Fontana, executive director, Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

The Center presented the Washington Business District Authority with its 2003 Townie Award for Organization Excellence in Community Partnerships. The honor recognizes innovative and mutually beneficial relationships between organizations that have a vested interest in downtown revitalization – in the case of the Blueprint, W&J, the city of Washington, and Main Street Washington.

“The city and the college recognize their interdependence in securing the future of the downtown community,” said Brian Mitchell, president, Washington & Jefferson College. “Together we are rebuilding the city to be economically viable and capable of supporting a growing, high-quality educational institution like W&J."

The Blueprint for Collaboration was the product of an eight-month planning effort funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The document details goals and benchmarks for the future of the city of Washington, as well as strategies and tactics designed to help the College and the city work together to realize those aspirations. The entire Blueprint for Collaboration can be read on the W&J’s Web site at www. washjeff.edu.

The Townie Awards showcase significant advancements in Pennsylvania’s downtown development programs. Eighteen communities statewide submitted entries for consideration in 2003. The Pennsylvania Downtown Center is the statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to downtown issues and revitalization in the Commonwealth.

About Washington & Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College, located in Washington, Pa., is a national liberal arts college founded in 1781. Committed to providing each of its students with the highest-quality undergraduate education available, W&J offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum emphasizing interdisciplinary study and independent student work.

For more information about W&J, visit www.washjeff.edu, or call 1-888-W-AND-JAY.

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