Fresno State’s partnerships in the community to address urban issues were in the spotlight Oct. 24-26 as the university hosted the 2010 national conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). More than 200 delegates from across the country participated in tours of the Lowell and El Dorado Park neighborhoods where Fresno State faculty and students are engaged in revitalization efforts, panel discussions and speeches.

The keynote speaker was best-selling author Richard Florida, whose latest book, “The Great Reset,” explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity.

The conference featured over 90 presentations examining topics related to economic development, infrastructure development and human development. Speakers focused on the relationships and synergies among the three topics and the alignment of academic programs and priorities with urban and community initiatives.

CUMU brings together the largest gathering of presidents, administrators and faculty from universities that share the unique mission of striving for national excellence while contributing to the economic development, social health and cultural vitality of the urban and metropolitan centers they serve.

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