This summer, Allegheny business student Altay Baskan ’20 participated in the Gateway Network program as a student researcher working on behalf of the Mayor’s office of the Borough of Cambridge Springs, PA to support and research possible methods that can be utilized by the Borough to increase and expand business development in the community. Baskan presented a five point strategy for the borough to achieve their goals and begin to build a Master Plan for each step of the journey at their July 15, 2019 Board meeting.
Cambridge Springs Mayor Randy Gorske commented, “As Mayor of the Borough of Cambridge Springs, working with Allegheny College has provided me with a youthful sounding board dedicated to assisting in the plan to revitalize the community. The research generated ideas crucial to the creation of a master plan for the borough.”
The Gateway Network organizes summer project opportunities for student-faculty partnerships with local organizations. This program serves supports students working on research projects requested by community partners. Faculty and students selected for the program benefit from all summer URSCA programming, including the ACRoSS lunch series and the Reach ACRoSS professional development workshops.
Special thanks to Mayor Gorske, Sandy Pude, Borough Manager, and the entire Borough Council along with the Office of Civic Engagement in the Allegheny College Gateway. Beth Ryan, Program Coordinator for the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics, served as staff liaison for the Cambridge Springs project.