How communities along the New York State Canal System are focusing on waterfront redevelopment to reinvigorate their downtowns and spark their local economy will be the subject of a Thursday, Sept. 27 forum at SUNY Oswego.
The forum, sponsored by the New York State Canal Corporation, New York State Department of State and State University of New York, will focus on the experiences of four canal communities—Oswego, Geneva, Watkins Glen and Rome. All have received $10 million from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), which seeks to transform downtown neighborhoods into places where people want to live and work.
Among the speakers at the event will be John Maggiore, Director of Policy for Governor Cuomo and Kisha Santiago-Martinez, Deputy Secretary of State for Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure, whose portfolio includes the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
The first of two panel discussions, to be moderated by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, will focus on waterfront redevelopment and feature perspectives from leaders in the four DRI communities.
The second discussion will examine other revitalization projects in the communities, including new housing, incubator space for entrepreneurs and how they attracted new businesses to set up shop. Among the panelists are Paul Stanley, president of the Oswego Renaissance Association and Kiva VanDerGeest, director of community and economic development in Rome.
This is the fourth in a series of discussions linked to the Erie Canal bicentennial. Previous forums have focused on the canals’ links to economic development, the state’s burgeoning craft beer industry and how canals bolster local arts and culture.
The forum begins Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Marano Campus Center, Auditorium Room 132 at SUNY Oswego. Registration is free at email@example.com and the event is open to the public.