The College Town Charter: A Structure for Success
Weber State University and Ogden City had rekindled their relationship in the summer of 2012 to celebrate former WSU basketball player Damian Lillard's selection in the NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. However, a more formal agreement between the two entities was required to strengthen the bonds between them. With that, the College Town Charter was born.
The charter — signed by WSU President Charles A. Wight, Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell and former City Council Chair Bart Blair among others — was written to develop and promote joint efforts through a collaborative strategic approach.
It articulates the following vision for the effort:
Our community is known as a unique and vibrant place where Ogden City and Weber State University mutually pursue economic, educational, recreational, social and cultural initiatives. This effort creates pride and tradition that binds college and town together.
The charter also dictates the formation of three joint committees: the Executive Committee, Steering Committee and Marketing Committee. The Executive Committee is tasked with final approval of those items first conceived of by the Steering Committee and Marketing Committee. The Steering Committee is tasked with providing overall direction for the college-town efforts, while the marketing committee is focused upon those events, branding and news releases that garner attention and help solidify Ogden as a college town.