Do universities have hidden value to cities? We know about their role as employer, as purchaser of local goods and services, as producer of smart people, and as a source of research. But our guests today are mining their value more deeply and coming up with some surprising results.

Robert Milbourne is president of the Columbus Partnership, a civic-improvement group of central Ohio business and community leaders organized to develop a long-term vision for the city’s metropolitan area. Columbus is home to more than 100,000 college students and still, the city suffers a brain drain.

Also with us is Rob Hollister, dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. A specialist in nonprofit organizations and public policy, Rob has been engaged in teaching graduate and undergraduate students, practicing professionals, and citizens for more than 30 years.

Smart City uncovers the hidden value of universities this week.

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