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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

We Aren’t Us Without Them: A Message from the Mayor

In a college town like Denton, this is always an exciting time for our community. This week, thousands of students, faculty, and staff at our local institutions of higher learning—TWU, UNT, and NCTC—headed back to class to kick off another great year of learning, growth, and opportunity.

It’s easy to take for granted what a privilege it is to have these three great schools right in our own back yard, but we can’t forget the integral role they play in our community.

Quite simply, we aren’t us without them.

It’s true though! These 100-year-old institutions that call Denton home are a cornerstone of our history—our histories are intertwined.

• They bring in new people with new ideas;

• Contribute to our unique community landscape; and

• Add to our culture, boost our local economy, and bring national notoriety to Lil’D.

These institutions are a guiding light in innovation and leadership. They are training the next generation of business and community leaders, and contributing to organizations that drive our state and nation forward. While many students will go far and achieve great things, many will choose to keep their remarkable accomplishments local—contributing to the fabric of our city as residents, business leaders, and community leaders.

Finally, we can’t deny the benefits that our three institutions provide us as residents. Top-tier athletics, beautiful open space and architecture, and amenities that don’t exist just for the enjoyment of the students. This fall, I want to encourage you to get out and explore our campuses starting with a list of my personal favorites!

Our universities, the faculty, and the students are as Denton as they come. 2020 wasn’t the same without them, so join me in welcoming them back for the 2021-22 school year!

Source: City of Denton

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