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UM, City of Coral Gables Officials Praise Partnership

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    Seated, from left to right, are: Coral Gables Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick, UM Board of Trustees Chair Richard Fain, UM President Julio Frenk, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, UM Trustee Arthur Hertz, and Coral Gables Commissioner Pat Keon. Standing, from left to right, are: Coral Gables City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, Coral Gables City Attorney Craig Leen, Coral Gables Commissioner Vince Lago, UM Trustee Charles Cobb, Coral Gables Vice Mayor Frank Quesada, UM Trustee Ed Williamson, UM Trustee Manny Kadre, Coral Gables City Clerk Walter Foeman, and UM Trustee Arva Moore Parks.

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 12, 2017) — The University of Miami and City of Coral Gables held their annual joint Development Agreement meeting Thursday, gathering in the Great Room of the Coral Gables Adult Activity Center in the heart of the City Beautiful.

    Coral Gables Mayor James Cason told the group of city and University officials about the progress the city has made over the past few years to improve finances, infrastructure, smart city initiatives, and efforts to understand and combat sea-level rise, including the creation of a sea level vulnerability map for the city. He said the city has “joined the national discussion on climate change.”

    “Everyone must do their part,” Cason said. “We are becoming a very green community.”

    UM President Julio Frenk outlined the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century, which showcases initiatives to support the University’s aspirations to be an excellent, exemplary, and relevant University with a hemispheric advantage. He also touched upon the University’s efforts to be inclusive and create a culture of belonging.

    All the representatives praised the city’s and University’s efforts to work collaboratively with a common goal of being the best city and best University. The meeting was the sixth held since UM and Coral Gables formulated a 20-year development agreement in 2010 that guides the school’s growth and extends cultural, athletic, and academic programming to city residents.

    “Together we have the opportunity to reach new heights,” said Richard Fain, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.


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