Ruston’s leaders discuss future

April 26, 2012


Staff Reporter


Prominent leaders in Ruston gathered April 19 in University Hall to discuss Tech’s future with the growing City of Ruston.


“The Future of Ruston: The Progress and Development in Ruston and How it Will Impact the University” was hosted by the Tech University Senate.


Featured speakers of the forum were Tech President Dan Reneau, Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, and Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Chairman Ryan Kilpatrick.


Many topics were covered in the two-hour forum including population trends, community demographics, accountability issues, new education mandates, and how the community is preparing for the future.


Tech University Senate President David Szymanski said, however, that although all of these topics were discussed, it was decided that the first forum should address the future of the City of Ruston and its relationship with Tech.


Both Reneau and Mayor Hollingsworth gave due credit to each other, mentioning how important the university and the city’s alliance is. Each group is crucial to the other.


Focus was put on Tech’s business incubators at Tech Pointe, perhaps one of the brightest spots for the future of the city and the university.


“These are the future of business for Ruston,” Kilpatrick said. “Since they are partnered through Tech, both the university and city will benefit from a successful operation.”


He went on to explain that Ruston will not only receive sales tax and other benefits from the success of these businesses, but it will also start to grow because more businesses mean more jobs and more people.


“The education levels provided by the school district and the two universities in the parish provide great learning opportunities,” Bell said.


Love said the upgrades in the city will only continue to make things better.


The forum was followed by a question and answer session where faculty and staff could voice their questions and concerns to the city and university leaders as well as an informal reception.


“The university senate thought this would be a great opportunity to take a proactive approach to help current and potential faculty and staff learn more about the City of Ruston, its plans for future development and its school system,” Syzmanski explained.


The future of Ruston seems to be looking up for both the city and the university. Bright things lie ahead.


This can assuredly be seen to come from the teamwork of a community which is dedicated to wanting the best.


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