GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

The Office of Government Relations & External Affairs works closely with elected officials, civic and business organizations, and non-profits in Radnor and Lower Merion Townships, Delaware County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Government. This page serves as a resource to keep students, employees, friends, and neighbors of Villanova informed about the University and our community.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Villanova is committed to a safe reopening of on-campus instruction for the fall semester. You can learn more about the University’s Return to Campus Plan. The University has also launched a COVID-19 response website with additional information. These pages will be updated as the semester approaches and throughout the fall. The University will continue to work closely with and follow guidance from Pennsylvania’s Department of Health and Department of Education, Delaware County and Chester County’s Department of Health, and the CDC on its COVID-19 health and safety protocols throughout the semester. 

INFORMATION FOR NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS

Neighbors Update

Noteworthy Dates

Economic Impact Study

Friends of Villanova

Opportunities to be Involved

Community Conversations

RESOURCES

ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY IMPACT

70

Local Businesses Accept NovaBucks

340,000

Annual Visitors to campus

2,700 Employees

THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN RADNOR TOWNSHIP

250,000 Hours

of Annual Community Service and Service Learning

$28 Million

Annual Impact from Student and Visitor Spending in Radnor Township

$1.9 Million 

Average Annual Payment to Radnor Township and Radnor Township School District

$94 Million

ANNUAL IMPACT FROM STUDENT AND SPENDING IN THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA REGION

$13 Million

ANNUAL TAX REVENUE GENERATED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

VILLANOVA IN THE NEWS

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has partnered with the Delaware County and Main Line Chambers of Commerce, and the Wayne and Bryn Mawr Business Associations, on an initiative to connect local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with students seeking remote, virtual work opportunities.  

MAY 5, 2020

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At Villanova University, education takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. For students living off-campus, for instance, the University is committed to educating them about the importance of being a good neighbor—and how it’s vital to ensuring a positive, successful relationship between the University, its students and the community. 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

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RADNOR—If you have an appetite for fine dining, come experience the second annual Main Line Restaurant Week, which runs from Sept. 16 to 22.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

image of Laura Wagoner, Father Peter Donohue and Chief of Radnor Police Chris Flanagan

RADNOR — Radnor Police Superintendent Christopher Flanagan received the first ever Villanova University Caritas Award at a ceremony on Monday.

AUGUST 26, 2019

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LOWER MERION — On April 23, Villanova University’s Office of Government and External Affairs co-hosted the inaugural Main Line Small Business Panel and Networking Event with the Ardmore Initiative, Bryn Mawr Business Association, and Wayne Business Association. Panelists included: Ken Kearns, owner of the live music venue 118 North and Cadence Real Estate Advisors; Mary Kelly, PhD, assistant professor and associate director of economics, Villanova School of Business; and Joy Medlock, general manager of Suburban Square.

MAY 10, 2019

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RADNOR — Hoping to foster better town and gown relationships, Radnor Township, Radnor Township police, Villanova University and Home Properties of Bryn Mawr sponsored a barbecue at Home Properties on Sept. 5.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018