Mary Dana Hinton, President, College of St. Benedict
Rick Schultz, Mayor, City of St. Joseph
During the course of the past year, Mayor Schultz and President Hinton have had many opportunities to work together. We are pleased to share with our local community that the College of St. Benedict and the City of St. Joseph continues to maintain a mutually beneficial partnership. The history of the college and the history of the city are intertwined, as are our futures.
The college and the city work together in important ways. The College of St. Benedict provides access to cultural, spiritual and educational resources and opportunities typically not available in smaller communities. And the college contributes to community by employing a highly educated and skilled workforce, many of whom live in the city, and all of whom spend time and resources in St. Joseph each day. CSB students, faculty and staff make significant contributions to the local economy and devote countless volunteer hours within Central Minnesota.
The City of St. Joseph provides a community in which the College of St. Benedict can thrive. The city provides sewer and water service, street lights, gambling permits, liquor licenses and event patrol officers to help make college students and employees safe and comfortable. Local businesses provide favorite eating, studying and meeting locations. In addition, the annual Joetown Rocks Parish Festival and Millstream Arts Festival are fun outings for many affiliated with the college, and the Lake Wobegon Trail and weekly Farmer’s Market are well-used by CSB students and employees.
The college and city frequently collaborate to make our community better. St. Joseph Police partners with CSB Security to ensure the safety of CSB students, CSB employees and city residents. The College of St. Benedict supports the Joe Town Table initiative and the Summer Lunch and Learn program. The college is a member of the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, and the city and college often share resources to help cover the cost of new developments in our community. The college also regularly contributes voluntary donations for the good of the city.
We look forward to continuing to work together for our ongoing mutual success.