University Communities Exchange Ideas
Stoddard, Dianne, Nation's Cities Weekly
The Kansas cities of Lawrence and Manhattan are both university communities with a rich heritage and an eye toward the future. Lawrence (pop. 75,000) is home to the University of Kansas, and Manhattan (pop. 45,000) is the site of Kansas State University. Though separated by 80 miles, the two communities have many issues in common. So at the suggestion of Mayors Bonnie Augustine of Lawrence and Bruce Snead of Manhattan, elected and appointment officials from the two communities recently participated in an exchange to discuss issues of mutual concern.
When Lawrence officials visited the city of Manhattan six weeks ago, they heard about the successes of Manhattan's one-half cent sales tax for economic development, learned about joint projects between Kansas State University and the city of Manhattan funded through the City/University Projects Fund, discussed growth and sustainable development issues, and got a first-hand look at community electronic participation efforts being undertaken by Manhattan's Community On-line Resource Exchange (CORE.) Lawrence officials heard about plans for a new business park in Manhattan, saw the new passenger terminal facility at the Manhattan Regional Airport, and toured Transportation Design and Manufacturing, an alternative fuel vehicle assembly plant and a beneficiary of the city's sales tax fund for economic development. …