The College Community Committee was established to act as a liaison between the Borough of Gettysburg (the host municipality) and the Gettysburg College. A cooperative and collaborative relationship is important to both the College and the Municipality. Topics commonly dicussed in these meetings, among others, are student behavior in residential areas, tourism, and economic development. These types of discussion are sometimes referred to as Town-Gown issues, with town being the non-academic population and gown being the college communtiy.
As part of his graduate work at Penn State University, Borough Manager, Charles R. Gable, MPA wrote his Master's Thesis on Bridging Social Capital. The abstract of Gable's copy writed work follows.
ABSTRACT of Gable's Work
This research is based on Robert Putnam‟s theories of bonding and bridging social capital promulgated in his work Bowling Alone (2000). The manuscript begins with a brief review of the literature. The purpose of the research – identification of successful bridging social capital policies – is outlined, highlighting the practical application of the theory to daily life as an original contribution of this work. The problem is meticulously laid out using a case study of a proposed development project in State College, Pennsylvania. News archives are utilized to describe the chasm – created largely by spontaneous celebrations. Characteristics of the base community (State College) are used to identify peer communities to examine (Kent, Ohio and East Lansing, Michigan). One-on-one interviews are employed as the method of data acquisition for this study. The analysis describes in detail the findings in the categories of culture of accountability, sense of connectedness, reciprocity, blame vs. ownership, and pursuit of a desired future. A simplistic treatment is given to the responses gathered in the interviews by documenting positive comments and negative comments. The difference between positive comments and negative comments is used to gauge the level of support for any specific program initiative. Initiatives in each broad category are described in the analysis and discussion. The manuscript concludes with an assessment as to which peer community most successfully bridges social capital between town and gown.