Goal ED-4: Develop a robust college-town economy through “town-gown” and “communiversity” partnerships.
The city of Hayward is home to California State University, East Bay, Chabot College, and several vocational schools and technical training institutes. Despite this fact, the City of Hayward does not function or have a reputation as a college town. In general, most students do not have a strong connection to the Hayward community and are generally living, socializing, and spending money in other communities. This goal and its supporting policies strive to develop a robust college-based economy by increasing the local population of students and faculty, and developing “town-gown” or “communiversity” partnerships to improve the local economy and the quality of life of students, faculty and residents. Building the connections between the Hayward community and local colleges will also encourage more college graduates to live long-term in Hayward.
The City shall collaborate with local colleges to develop strategic “town gown” or “communiversity” partnerships that enhance the Hayward community and economy, improve the overall educational experience of college students, and assimilate college students and graduates into the Hayward community.
The City shall encourage the expansion of local colleges, trade schools, and technical training institutes to increase local employment opportunities within the education sector and increase the number of students in Hayward.
The City shall support on- and off-campus student and faculty housing to increase the demand for local services and businesses that cater to students and faculty.
The City shall encourage the development of businesses that cater to college and higher-education students, administrators, and faculty members, particularly within Downtown Hayward and along Mission Boulevard (near Cal State University, East Bay) and Hesperian Boulevard (near Chabot College).
The City shall support and promote community events and festivals that foster college culture and a sense of college and community pride.
The City shall coordinate with local colleges and businesses to seek funding for research and development programs.
The City shall coordinate with local colleges and business organizations to explore the feasibility of developing college technology research parks and business incubators.