OGDEN -- Ogden city and Weber State University have officially cemented their connection.
The city council approved a resolution Tuesday night adopting a "College Town Charter" between WSU and Ogden that formalizes an ongoing partnership between the two entities.
The city and university have been collaborating for more than a year with the end goal of turning Ogden into a "college town."
The new charter provides a structure to sustain continued relationships and establish working committees to coordinate efforts.
"This College Town charter reflects the fact that the success of Weber State University lies in the success of its surrounding communities," said WSU President Charles Wight in a statement. "We look forward to this mutually beneficial relationship with Ogden that will continue to lift both the city and WSU to new heights."
City officials said the college town project is a long-term one and will likely take 10 years to fully develop, but the city and WSU have already begun collaborating.
The city and WSU have collaborated on several events involving Damian Lillard, the former Wildcat basketball standout who was selected sixth overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The city also began hosting "Football Friday" pep rally events at The Junction each Friday before WSU's Saturday home football games.
The city will soon open a mobile app lab at 2314 Washington Blvd., where it will team with WSU to develop mobile application software for such electronic devices as tablets, iPads, iPhones and other smartphones.
The lab will also feature a full WSU bookstore, the first off-campus store for the school.
The building is set to open sometime in October.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said the city's relationship with WSU will be a vital part of its economy in the future.
The city said the mobile app lab on its own is expected to create 750 jobs and generate up to $4.6 million in private investment over 10 years.
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