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Tufts Enters Partnership With Local Communities

Tufts Enters Partnership With Local CommunitiesIn a historic agreement, Tufts recently announced that it will give $1.25 million to the cities of Medford and Somerville over the next 10 years. Medford/Somerville, Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.27.04] This week, Tufts University announced a historic partnership agreement with the neighboring cities of Medford and Somerville. Strengthening a long relationship the University has with both cities, the agreement - which includes a $1.25 million contribution to each city - has pleased leaders of all parties involved.

"This day would not have arrived without the vision of Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Mayor Michael McGlynn," said Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow. "I am honored to join with these leaders in working towards a strong and vibrant future for Somerville, Medford and Tufts University."

The $1.25 million contribution to each city will be paid over the next 10 years, with accelerated funding in the first two years to assist with current budget shortfalls.

In addition to the financial donation to each city, Tufts will also invest at least $300,000 in need-based grant aid to assist undergraduate students attending Tufts from Medford and Somerville.

Although Tufts has often worked closely with both communities, "This represents the first time for establishing a planned financial partnership," President Bacow told the Globe.

Local leaders are applauding the partnership, which was announced during a press conference at Tufts on Monday.

"I think Mr. Rogers put it best," Medford's Mayor McGlynn told the Globe. "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood."

In addition to the contribution, the agreement offers other benefits. The University will offer financial support for local children to enroll in Tufts' Eliot Pearson Children's school and Tufts Educational Day Care Center.

Tufts will also expand the outreach of the University College - a four-year-old initiative dedicated to active citizenship and public service - to increase service projects in the surrounding area.

Benefits such as rent-free use of university facilities by both cities and reduced rates for Medford and Somerville residents to audit courses will also take effect.

Representing the largest private employer in both communities, Tufts' President Bacow added that he is committed to working with Medford and Somerville on future projects involving economic development, housing, visibility, beautification and open space.

"Past presidents have done interim agreements," Mayor McGlynn told the Medford Mercury. "But Larry Bacow is the first to make a long term agreement with us."

As Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone told the Medford Transcript, "Today is indeed a historic occasion, and this is just a starting point."

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