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Williamsport Mayor Wants Grad School in Downtown
By GABRIEL J. CAMPANA, WILLIAMSPORT MAYOR
March 19, 2013
In an effort to continue the renassiance in downtown Williamsport, Mayor Gabe Campana has had productive discussions with several accrediated universities about establishing a downtown graduate school offering Master’s and Doctorate degrees.
“Williamsport is a college town. We are proud of our 4 colleges of higher education: The Commonwealth Medical College, Lycoming College, The Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Newport Business Institute.
This proposed project is something I have been thinking about for several years and now we are in serious discussions.
There are many college educated individuals living in our region whom would enhance their employment opportunities with more schooling. I personally had to travel to Florida and Philadelphia to achieve mine. Imagine not having to travel out of town to receive additional educational opportunities.
Furthermore, a downtown graduate school could rent empty downtown office space, add jobs, would put more foot traffic in downtown, and good paying technology based companies often seek cities with graduate school programs to set up business. Finally, students from our existing undergraduate colleges could continue their economic spending and education in Williamsport by staying in Williamsport another two to four years by attending the new graduate school."