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Partnering in a Downtown Renaissance

Across campus and across the community strong leadership is being credited for the major transformation of downtown Kent - one that promises an economic boon for the city and new opportunities to attract students, scholars and visitors to the Kent Campus. Built on the foundation of a strengthened relationship between the university and the city, the transformation features the construction of a university-affiliated hotel and conference center; new restaurants and stores, including student-run businesses housed in the popular Acorn Alley cluster of shops and offices; and a multimodal transportation facility made possible with a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The School of Art's Downtown Gallery, the only commercial-style university gallery of its kind in the nation, reopened at a new location on Main Street in Kent, making art more accessible to the campus community and providing opportunities for students to display and sell art alongside regional and national artists.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Visits Kent