That’s according to UMass Amherst campus spokesman, Ed Blaguszewski.
He reports that Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has proposed they jointly hire a consultant to assess key community development issues, including ways to strengthen boundary neighborhoods and bolster the local economy.
Subbaswamy says, ”UMass Amherst is an engaged and committed member of the Amherst community.”
As part of the proposal, the cost would be split between the school and the town which is estimated at $60,000.
“Throughout the course of our 150 years of shared history, the university and Amherst have grown and flourished together. With success, new challenges inevitably arise. This proposal will help us engage in creative discussions about how to strengthen our partnership and address issues that concern all (of) us,” explains Subbaswamy.
The Chancellor says that he is more than willing to discuss the proposal at Amherst’s upcoming Town Meeting.
According to Amherst’s website the 2013 Annual Town Meeting begins on Monday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m.