Cornell hosts area higher-ed institutions to discuss housing

Participants at July 11 Cornell conference featuring CICU president Mary Beth Labate, second in from left, front row.

Housing remains a challenge in upstate New York college towns, large and small. Cornell University’s Offices of State and Community Relations hosted a regional conference on housing with 14 private colleges and universities and Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (CICU) President Mary Beth Labate, July 11.

CICU is a statewide association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York. The commission is the liaison to, for example, the New York State Board of Regents, the State Commissioner of Education, and the chancellors of the State University and City University. Labate met with President Martha E. Pollack following the conference.

Representatives to the conference came from Alfred University, Cazenovia College, Colgate University, Elmira College, Hamilton College, Hartwick College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Ithaca College, Keuka College, LeMoyne College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St.  Bonaventure and Syracuse University.

Last week, the Tompkins County Legislature unanimously passed a housing strategy to address the local housing demand. The 15-page report was the culmination of a housing needs assessment that surveyed thousands of residents, a housing summit, and input from local leaders and the community, including Cornell students staff and faculty.