Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project to address Albany Roundtable - 2/11/15


Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, February 11 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. 
The Stewarts will present A New Interpretation of an Old Story: the Underground Railroad, Its Relevance for Today, and Its Relationship with Underground Railroad History Project, which will focus on African American leadership, civil disobedience and documentation of the real Underground Railroad Movement of the antebellum period, its relevance for today, and its relationship to the work of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. 
Since its incorporation in 2003, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. promotes and encourages knowledge and understanding of the Underground Railroad Movement and its genesis and legacy in the Capital Region and in New York State, and as a significant element of the history of the United States; encourages historical research on the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region, in New York, and in the United States; gathers, preserves, displays, and makes available for study artifacts, relics, books, manuscripts, papers, photographs, and other records and materials relating to the history of the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region and New York State; and places the Underground Railroad movement in its proper context as the first civil rights movement, and as part of the ongoing struggle for equity, freedom, and justice.
The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com  or paying at the door. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the February 11 luncheon are required by Monday, February 9 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Albany Roundtable Offers Scholarships

The Albany Roundtable, a civic luncheon series celebrating its 36th season in 2015, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for discussion on the issues of the day,” said Albany Roundtable President Chris Hawver. “We hope that these scholarships will help to foster a new generation of civic leaders who will go on to contribute to their communities in ways that we cannot yet imagine.”

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each, will be awarded to two high school seniors who are recommended by a member in good standing of the Albany Roundtable. The application must be submitted by a student in his or her senior year of high school, and will be awarded contingent upon acceptance and attendance at a two- or four-year college or university.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 20, 2015, and the scholarships will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting in late spring.

A short questionnaire, available below and at Roundtable meetings in January, February and March, must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor at the applicant’s school, or if the student is home-schooled, by a member of the community. An official transcript including courses, grades and grade point average should be included, as well as an essay of 300-500 words on the following topic: Citizenship includes the exercise of certain personal responsibilities, including considering the rights and interests of others. Discuss your involvement in a civic capacity which demonstrates your commitment to the community. This can include religious, social, and/or political activities.

Applications may be mailed to the Roundtable or may be submitted by email to ecrosen52@gmail.com 

2015 Albany Roundtable Scholarship Application

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mayor Sheehan to address 1st Roundtable lunch of 2015 - 1/15/15

Please note - date changed to avoid scheduling conflict


Mayor Kathy Sheehan will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2015 on THURSDAY, January15* at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.  

Mayor Sheehan became the 75th and first female mayor of Albany in 2014.  In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, she became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer. Sheehan modernized the City’s tax collection system and completely overhauled its scandal-plagued parking ticket system.

Sheehan started her legal career as an attorney in the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King. In 1996 she joined Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham. As vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, she helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million to more than $300 million in sales. In 2006, she helped negotiate the $1.3 billion acquisition of Intermagnetics by its largest customer, Philips Medical Systems.

Sheehan was a Trustee of St. Vincent DePaul Church and served as Treasurer of the School 19 (now New Scotland Elementary) PTA.  She is a founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in our City succeeds academically.  She also served on the board of Proctors Theater and is a trustee of Albany Law School.  Currently, Sheehan serves on the Boards of the Central Avenue and Downtown Business Improvement Districts, Albany Industrial Development Agency and Albany Community Development Agency.

KeyBank N.A. is the sponsor of the January 15 luncheon. “Key is pleased to be a long-time supporter of the Albany Roundtable, especially the Mayor’s annual address,” said Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, KeyBank. “The Albany Roundtable combines all of our charitable giving priorities, which include supporting area cultural and educational resources, volunteer efforts that help build local neighborhoods and livelihoods, and civic leadership.”

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the January 15 luncheon are required by Monday, January 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com 

*The Roundtable usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month, but the date was changed to avoid a scheduling conflict.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Inclusive Economic Development in a High Tech World - Harris Oberlander on 11/12

(Photo by Lori Van Buren / Times Union)















Harris Oberlander, LCSW-R, CEO of Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc., will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, November 12. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

Trinity Alliance is a multi-purpose social welfare agency that was founded in 1912 and is dedicated to improving the neighborhood as a setting for family life, contributing to health and well-being, and promoting education and employment as a means of self-development.

Trinity’s latest project, the Capital South Campus Center (CSCC), is an adult and higher education facility located on the edge of Lincoln Park. Adult learners will be able to use the facility to complete their high school equivalency diploma, participate in English as a Second Language instruction and/or take college level courses offered by a number of area institutions of higher learning.  The CSCC will feature an Advanced Technology and Information Networking (ATTAIN) Lab, general classrooms and a Culinary Arts training kitchen which will be operated by Schenectady County Community College.

Prior to coming to Trinity in 2004, Mr. Oberlander was the clinical administrator of the 140 bed residential treatment center at the Saint Anne Institute.  He worked there for 17 years. He holds his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work.  He has learned, lived and worked in Albany almost continuously since 1977.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the November 12 luncheon are required by Monday, November 10 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Over Albany named "New Patroon"

Will be honored at 10/8 luncheon for providing an “online civic forum for interested and interesting people”

The Albany Roundtable has selected All Over Albany and its editors Mary Darcy and Greg Dahlmann to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for the organization’s efforts to provide an “online civic forum for interested and interesting people.” The award will be presented at the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, October 8.

Since 2008, residents of the Capital Region have turned to www.alloveralbany.com for information on music, art, history, politics, grocery shopping, maps, and pictures of Flabby Tabby Photoshopped into famous local venues. But it’s not all fun and games on AOA. The website offers – in the editors’ own words – “a healthy dose of stuff you never knew you wanted or needed to know.”

“All Over Albany delivers important information in a format that lets readers skim the surface or dig deep into source material,” said Chris Hawver, President of the Albany Roundtable. “The website is a portal to what matters in our region, and a starting point for many debates and conversations. It provides much-needed perspective on the history and the future of our community, and has fostered a more deeply engaged citizenry. We are delighted to honor AOA with the New Patroon award.”

The featured speaker for the October 8 luncheon is Tom Nardacci, President and Founder of Gramercy Communications. His presentation is titled, “Good to Great: Elevating the Capital Region Brand from Top 100 to Top 10.” According to Nardacci, the capital region boasts stable employment, an emerging technology sector, and successful partnerships among government, education and private employers. But if the Capital Region brand ever wants to rise from “above average” and “top 100” to “great” and “top 10” two key areas need to be fully addressed – development along our historic waterways and full rebirth of our downtowns.

The Albany Roundtable established its Good Patroon Award 1988 to celebrate outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals. While the Good Patroon Award has traditionally honored organizations and individuals with a long record of service to the community, the Roundtable launched its New Patroon Award in 2011 to highlight and encourage the work of newer organizations.
           
The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include Hon.  John J. McEneny for his career in public service; Ruth Pelham and the Music Mobile; Amy Klein and Capital District Community Gardens; Maude Baum, Artistic Director of eba Dance Theatre; housing and social justice advocates Roger and Maria Markovics; and Christine M. Miles, Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Catherine Hedgeman and The Stakeholders, Inc., received the first New Patroon Award in 2011, followed by Jeff Mirel and The Albany Barn in 2012; and Edwards Grimes-CarriĆ³n and Grand Street Community Arts in 2013.

The October 8 Roundtable Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany at 141 Washington Avenue. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com. The University Club will serve lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations are required by Monday, October 6 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.
           
“When he died in 1839, Stephen Van Rensselaer III was remembered as ‘The Good Patroon’ for his benevolent attitude toward the residents of Rensselaerswyck,” said Hawver. “The Good Patroon and New Patroon Awards are the Albany Roundtable’s means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present All Over Albany with this award.”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

“Good to Great: Elevating the Capital Region Brand from Top 100 to Top 10” - 10/8

Tom Nardacci, President and Founder of Gramercy Communications Kicks off Albany Roundtable 2014-2015 Season 

Tom Nardacci, President and Founder of Gramercy Communications, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, October 8. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

According to Nardacci, the capital region boasts stable employment, an emerging technology sector, and successful partnerships among government, education and private employers. But if the Capital Region brand ever wants to rise from “above average” and “top 100” to “great” and “top 10” two key areas need to be fully addressed – development along our historic waterways and full rebirth of our downtowns.

“The Capital Region’s waterfronts are primed for development and are universally believed to be a natural catalyst to propel this renaissance forward,” said Nardacci. “Historic buildings in urban areas across the state are being restored to their former glory and being transformed into places that people clamor to live, work and play in. The Capital Region is on the cusp of going from ‘good’ to ‘great,’ and becoming one of the nation’s most desirable and admired regions.”

The Roundtable’s New Patroon Award will be presented at the October luncheon to All Over Albany and its founders Mary Darcy and Greg Dahlmann for “providing an online civic forum for interested and interesting people in the Capital Region.”

Tom Nardacci founded Gramercy Communications in 2005. He grew up in the city of Rensselaer and earned his Master’s degree from Columbia University, his thesis detailing how to revitalize New York State’s Erie Canal though tourism. He founded Gramercy Communications in 2005 and his clients currently represent well over $3 billion in economic activity in upstate New York alone. An active volunteer, Tom has been appointed by Governor Cuomo to the New York State Heritage Areas Advisory Council and the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the October 8 luncheon are required by Monday, October 6 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Evening with Kaid Benfield, author of "People Habitat" - 6/11

Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. , and author of People Habitat (Island Press, January 6 2014) , will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

The event is open to the public, and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The meeting will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, the presentation of the Good Patroon Award, the presentation of the Albany Roundtable Scholarship, and a talk and book signing by the Visiting Speaker. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online .

Corporate sponsors for the event are: the Capital District Transportation Committee, the Center for Economic Growth, and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, with additional support from Empire State Future. The Capital District Transportation Authority is providing advertising partnership.

Benfield is also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition; author of several books on smart growth and sprawl, and a regular contributor to the websites The Atlantic Cities, the Sustainable Cities Collective, and NRDC’s Switchboard. He was selected as one of the world’s “top urban thinkers” on the city planning website Planetizen and one of “the most influential people in sustainable planning and development” by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

According to Hon. John O. Norquist, President, Congress for the New Urbanism; mayor of Milwaukee, 1988-2004; author, The Wealth of Cities, and 2012 Roundtable Visiting Speaker, “Kaid Benfield, an environmentalist who loves cities, exposes the phoniness of claiming ‘green’ status for buildings that can only be reached by car. If you love cities, you'll love Kaid's book.”

At the evening reception, the Albany Roundtable will present its Good Patroon Award to Hon.  John J. McEneny for his career in public service including nearly 2 decades in the New York State Assembly, his work as Historian of Albany County and his continued commitment to community leadership. The Good Patroon Award was established by the Albany Roundtable in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals.

The Albany Roundtable will also present a $1,000 scholarship to Cara Waterson, a senior at Albany High School, for demonstrated civic leadership.

The Albany Roundtable has embraced the concepts of smart growth, New Urbanism and sustainability since it was founded in 1979,” said Chris Hawver, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “We are fortunate to have the ability to see the juxtaposition of two different environmental systems in the city of Albany: the 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve on the western fringe of the city and the People Habitat elsewhere. In People Habitat, Kaid Benfield notes that like the natural environment, the ‘built environment created by us humans should achieve harmony among its various parts and with the larger world upon which it depends.’ We’re looking forward to hearing about steps we can take to achieve this balance.”

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Jeff Speck (Walkable City); John Norquist (CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism); Janet Flammang (The Taste for Civilization); Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami); Stan Eckstut (NYC architect, Battery City Project); Tony Hiss (Project for Public Spaces); Robert McNulty (Partners for Livable Places); Paul Pritchard (National Parks and Conservation Association); Richard Bradley (proponent of Downtown business districts); Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place); James Howard Kunstler (author and new urbanist); Jane Holtz Kay (architecture critic, author of Asphalt Nation); Joseph P. Riley (Mayor, Charleston, South Carolina); Richard Reinhart (Buffalo Place); and others.


Tickets for the reception must be purchased by Friday, June 6. For more information, visit www.albanyroundtable.com, email albanyroundtable@yahoo.com or call The University Club at 518-463-1151.