City-University partnership is truly important to a great university.
You'd think Appalachian and Boone would have a great partnership, but there really isn't one except for partnerships with the library and schools. Economically they're codependent sure, but a lot of people in city government dislike the University, and vice-versa. The Chronicle of Higher Education even commented on it, calling it a 'power struggle.'
But then there's the article (I don't know how I came across it) that mentioned that there are Lynchburg city council members and officials who hate Liberty and think the whole town would be better off if it was never there. Wouldn't want to go to a college where they think THAT.