ITGA was formed over a decade ago when municipal and academic leaders saw the need for unification. Eight founding members joined forces to construct and nature this organization, creating a vehicle for leaders to meet, network, explore, and grow. Then, in 2008, the ITGA was formally organized as a nonprofit organization, thanks to the vision of Mayor Larry Abernathy, the Joint City University Advisory Board (JCUAB), the City of Clemson and Clemson University.
Larry Abernathy, former Mayor of the City of Clemson, South Carolina, had a passion for collaboration of town & gown. It was through his initiatives that ITGA was created. The ITGA continues the legacy of Mayor Larry Abernathy and his deep appreciation for collaboration between the City, University and Students.