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City of Athens and University sign memorandum of understanding

On Tuesday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to the entire OHIO community about a new memorandum of understanding between the University and the City of Athens.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The purpose of my message is to inform you that Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and I have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize collaborative initiatives between the City of Athens and Ohio University. These partnerships reflect some of the meaningful ways we work together to benefit all who live, work and study in Athens.
Along with the MOU, Mayor Wiehl and I signed appendices regarding the Fire Protection Voluntary Contribution by Ohio University, a Mutual Assistance Agreement and the City-University Joint Police Services Advisory Council. We have asked the MOU work group to continue to explore additional opportunities for City-University partnerships in the future. Areas of potential collaboration include: Emergency Management; Co-Existing Infrastructure and Cooperative Projects; Fuel Agreement; Electronic Communication Equipment; Major Events Planning; Arts, Parks, Culture, and Recreation; and an Internship Service Program Collaboration.
Ohio University and the City of Athens have had strong connections for over 200 years. In our community, students, faculty members, and staff live side by side with nurses, doctors, teachers, grocers, musicians, painters and gardeners who have chosen Athens as their home, whether for a few years or for a lifetime. With these new formalized agreements we will continue to build on our history of lifting up the greater Athens community for the benefit of current and future generations.

Roderick J. McDavis