City of SLO, Cal Poly, Cuesta receive ‘town and gown’ award

A sign welcomes visitors to San Luis Obispo.
A sign welcomes visitors to San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The city of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly and Cuesta College recently received the Larry W. Abernathy Award at the International Town and Gown Association annual conference in Chicago.

The Abernathy Award is given out each year to the city and university that best exemplify the mission of the ITGA: “strengthening town/gown partnerships,” according to Cal Poly officials.

The two local colleges and the city each were recognized for producing the San Luis Obispo Neighborhood Wellness/Community Civility Effort (Civility Report) and “Neighborhood Wellness 2.0,” a report which identified progress made on each of the initiatives identified in the initial document.

The San Luis Obispo team was selected from among 80 applicants considered for the honor. The Clemson Joint City University Advisory Board, representing Clemson University and the City of Clemson South Carolina, sponsors this award.