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Aurora, York University sign memorandum of understanding
June 27, 2022

The Town of Aurora and York University have signed a memorandum of understanding, which outlines a variety of agreed-upon initiatives and priorities.

Mayor Tom Mrakas and Rhonda Lenton, president of York University, signed the memorandum of understanding June 20, which is a five-year agreement that specifies key areas the town and university have shared goals, including community development, research, scholarship, learning and employment, economic growth and sustainability.

“The Town of Aurora has a long-standing relationship with York University, having worked together on important efforts in various fields with the shared intent of improving and enhancing our community. Today’s signing of the memorandum of understanding formalizes this relationship as we agree to work together to support each other’s strategic priorities and bring more educational and learning opportunities to our community,” Mrakas said. “We are excited for the future possibilities of this partnership especially as we continue to develop our downtown core and build a strong community.”

The memorandum of understanding includes shared pledges to pursue smart community technology, professional development opportunities for town council and staff and learning and employment programs.

“We are pleased to partner with the Town of Aurora to contribute to the sustainable and economic prosperity of our communities,” said Lenton. “The MOU pledges to pursue new professional development and learning opportunities and to participate in the development of leading-edge technologies that drive positive change while advancing key university priorities such as our commitment to sustainable development.”

Liaisons at the university and the town will oversee joint efforts, organize periodic reviews and track progress.