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Timeline: Town & Gown

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During the past decade, Middlebury College has engaged with the local community on a number of landmark initiatives:

2004
The College and the town renegotiate a “payment in lieu of taxes” (PILOT) agreement in which the College will make an annual contribution to the town, the sum of which is tied to the performance of Middlebury’s endowment. (In 2013, this payment was $251,617.) Middlebury annually pays around $690,000 in taxes on property being used for purposes not directly tied to the mission of educating students.

2007
The College pledges $1 million to complete the renovation of the Town Hall Theater (THT), an ambitious community effort to renovate and restore a 19th-century building—which once housed the town hall and later an opera house—in the heart of Middlebury. The $1 million pledge, on top of an earlier $250,000 gift, capped off the $5 million project. With this partnership, Middlebury students are afforded the opportunity to work with community members on theater productions, while THT also commits to working College productions—including summer Language School performances and a winter term production—into its seasonal lineup.

2007
The College pledges $9 million to help fund the construction of a new in-town bridge, which will provide a second major crossing of Otter Creek. Designed to ease traffic congestion and provide an additional route for emergency vehicles, the new bridge carries a cost of $16 million; with the College’s contribution, the project is fast-tracked, ending more than 50 years of stalled efforts to construct a second in-town crossing. The bridge opened in 2010.

2013
The town and the College reach an agreement to jointly fund the construction of a new town hall and town recreation facility, with the College contributing $5.5 million toward the $7.5 million project. In addition to the new construction, the College and the town agree to swap land parcels. The new town office will be built adjacent to the Ilsley Library on land once owned by the College. The College will acquire town land at the intersection of Main and College Streets, turning this area into a triangular public park and green space. The town of Middlebury voted to approve this proposal in 2014.

2013
The College and town finalize a project in which the College acquires and conveys to the town an empty building on Main Street, which will be razed and turned into pedestrian access to the town’s Marble Works commercial district.

2014
The College conveys to the town more than an acre of riverfront property behind the Ilsley Library, which the town will join with its own land holdings to develop future retail, commercial, and residential projects.

2014
The College renegotiates its PILOT with Ripton, agreeing to a 10-year deal to pay the municipality $157,000 annually in recognition of the nontaxable property the institution owns there. In addition, Ripton schoolchildren are to be provided free ski lessons at the Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center.

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Interested in a career in innovation? Save the date! MiddVentures Career Call happening next Thursday, November 6th!!

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Started in early 2014, Midd Venture Career Calls are intended to prepare undergraduate students for careers with innovative, growth companies. The calls focus on advising students with all aspects of the job search process. The call will feature reflections and advice from young alumni who founded their own businesses or are working in creative environments. What: MiddVentures […]

President Obama: A First Class Intellect, But a Second Class Temperament?

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President Theodore Roosevelt, the great Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, possessed “a second class intellect, but a first class temperament.” (Some historians think Holmes was describing TR’s nephew Franklin, but no matter.) If pundits are to be believed, President Obama suffers from the opposite condition: he has a first-class intellect, but a temperament […]

Does the Ebola Czar Wear Any Clothes?

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Ron Klain formally stepped into his new job as Ebola “czar” today as media reports provided a few more details regarding the extent of his authority. Predictably, conservatives, who had been pushing Obama to appoint someone to take the lead in coordinating the government response to the Ebola outbreak, criticized Klain’s appointment, with some calling […]

Tom the Record Man

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Tom the Record Man is back!!

He will be on campus- Thursday, October 23rd  9:00 – 5:00 - Proctor Terrace

Tom Record Man

Tom has an amazing assortment of Vinyl Records to choose from of various artist and genres!

Come in to see what you can add to your collection.

 

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Tom brings with him a collection of vintage clothing so you can find that article you just need to have for that retro look.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK! Calling all students! Several Opportunities to get involved in the Middlebury Community!

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Welcome back from Fall Break! Engagement opportunities happening this week are in bold italics!!!!!!!!   Assessing Community Impact How does your community-connected service, learning and research impact the community within which you work?  What is the impact on you?  How do your know when your actions lead to developed capacity or whether they contribute to […]