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Government and Community Relations

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Welcome to Government and Community Relations. Here you will find a wealth of information about Penn State’s relationship with its critical partners -- the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Federal Government, and local government and community stakeholders.

The Vice President for Government and Community Relations reports directly to the President of the University, assuring unobstructed lines of communications between the University and its governmental constituencies. I am joined by five other full-time lobbyists representing Penn State in Harrisburg, Washington, DC, and the State College/Centre Region area. Daily personal contact with elected and appointed officials and staff is an essential part of our operation. The effectiveness of our efforts is based not only upon our knowledge of the needs and interests of the University, but also of the structure and functions of these governmental entities, as well as a keen understanding of the political culture and those involved in the political process.

The primary goal of our office is to facilitate positive interactions and communications between the University and state, federal, and local agencies to further our mission as Pennsylvania's legislatively-designated Land-Grant University, which is charged with a tri-partite mission of teaching, research and service to the Commonwealth. The Government and Community Relations monitors legislative development and provides accurate and timely analyses of proposals and the potential impact on Penn State students, faculty, staff, or research interests. For this, we depend heavily on the expertise of our faculty and staff. Penn State’s long-standing policy and procedures require, however, that official University governmental contacts are made through Government and Community Relations, thereby assuring that there is one official voice for the University.

Please feel free to browse through our web site and contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

Michael DiRaimo
Vice President for Government and Community Relations
117 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-6563
Fax: (814) 863-8476
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