OSU and Corvallis
Since the university’s founding in 1868, Oregon State and the City of Corvallis have shared a special part of Oregon and a rich, mutually beneficial relationship. In recent years, that relationship has led to national recognition for the values and practices that define both partners and to opportunities for them to work together for sustained benefit:
- America’s most innovative. Thanks to a per-capita patent-filing rate larger than anywhere else in the country, a study from Los Alamos National Laboratory in late 2010 named Corvallis America’s most innovative city. Corvallis has been recognized before for having one of the nation’s highest representations of Ph.D. holders in the workforce. As the city’s largest employer, OSU plays a major role in that, as do the numerous Corvallis-based spinoffs from the university’s research enterprise.
- Healthy people. OSU’s focus on healthy living is reflected in 2011 recognitions of Corvallis as having the largest percentage of individuals who bicycle to work in the nation and the second-largest percentage of people who walk to work. The City of Corvallis itself ranked fifth among all Oregon employers in 2010 for employee health, a reminder of the shared values of the city and the university.
- Sustainability in Action. Both OSU and Corvallis have been recognized as national leaders among universities and municipalities by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for policies and actions around sustainability and green practices. Numerous other organizations, from the Sustainable Endowments Institute and Sunset Magazine to Princeton Review, have called out city and campus over the past as model organizations living out an unwavering commitment to our environment.
- Local collaboration. OSU and the City of Corvallis entered into a memo of understanding in 2011 that commits both parties to working on a range of livability issues: parking, code enforcement, housing, traffic and more are on the agenda. Both President Ray and Mayor Julie Manning are taking part in the collaboration, with a hope of making the next 143 years as good as the last.