Thursday, April 21, 2016

An Evening with Matt Tomasulo – Wednesday, May 18

“Civic Instigator” and Founder of Walk [Your City] will speak at Roundtable Annual Meeting 


In October, 2015, Albany deployed 100 Walk [Your City] signs at 16 intersections to promote the city’s heritage and walkability. In May, the Albany Roundtable will welcome the founder of Walk [Your City] as its Visiting Speaker.

Matt Tomasulo, “Chief Instigator” behind Walk [Your City], an emerging civic platform that helps cities put people first and embrace walkability through online tools, will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

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 the Albany Roundtable Scholarship for Civic Leadership, and a talk by the Visiting Speaker. Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar.

Matt holds a dual masters degree from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State in City & Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture where he was recipient of the Wings on Wings award, the Robert Stipe Fellowship, and 3 national Student ASLA awards. Professionally, Matt has earned national and international recognition for his work in design and development, winning the Urban Land Institute’s Hines Urban Design Competition, Public Interest Design’s Global Design Award, and CORE77’s DIY Design Award. He has successfully funded two Kickstarter projects totaling $48,000 from 1,500 backers and is a Next City Vanguard, a “40 Under 40” class of new urban leaders.

Major sponsors for the event are The Capital District Transportation Committee and The Capital District Transportation Authority; with additional support from the Society of Architectural Historians, Turpin Bannister Chapter. Planners should note that this event has been approved for 1.0 AICP certification maintenance credits.

Walk [Your City] grew out of Walk Raleigh, a catalytic guerrilla wayfinding project that spread to hundreds of communities around the globe. WalkRaleigh was included in the 13th Venice Biennale and Tomasulo’s work has received numerous accolades and been featured by BBC News, TED.com, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Fast Company, NPR and many others.

“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. “Albany’s Walk [Your City] signs point to assets or destinations – cultural, historic, commercial, open space – that are worth walking to. We’re delighted that Matt Tomasulo is sharing his expertise with the Albany Roundtable. We hope that those who attend the program will go on to help Albany and many other Capital Region communities continue to celebrate and foster walkability.”

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities; Kaid Benfield (People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities); 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) and others.

Tickets for the reception must be purchased by Monday, May 16. For more information, email albanyroundtable@yahoo.com or call The University Club at 518-414-3555.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lessons from the Cuban Experience - 4/13

Steven Englehart to discuss Adirondack Architectural Heritage trip to Cuba at Albany Roundtable

“Preserving Patrimony: Lessons from the Cuban Experience”

When Adirondack Architectural Heritage — also known as AARCH — took a tour group to Cuba in early 2016, it built a 1,500-mile-long bridge between the Adirondacks and the island, which has been closed off to Americans for 60 years. What members saw, learned and came to feel about the historic places - the soul of the nation - and the Cubans’ efforts to save and restore them was both surprising and familiar.

AARCH’s executive director Steven Engelhart will explore what the group learned about Cuba’s history, culture, and preservation efforts, and what it taught them about our own history and preservation challenges. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public.

Steven Engelhart is the Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the regional historic preservation organization of the Adirondack Park. AARCH's mission is to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the region's built environment. Among AARCH’s many activities are: sponsoring a series of tours of historic places during the summer and fall; conducting workshops; giving slide presentations on a variety of subjects; publishing a Newsletter; staffing Camp Santanoni, and providing technical assistance to individuals, organizations and local governments.

Steven is a native of the region and has a B.A. degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and a M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Vermont. He is the author of Crossing the River: Historic Bridges of the AuSable River, a small book about bridges and local history of the AuSable Valley. He resides in Wadhams.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. 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 April 13 luncheon are required by Tuesday, April 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Capital Region Chamber) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dr. Karl Lawrence - Enabling Tomorrow's Workforce - 3/9/16

Dr. Karl Lawrence to address Enabling Tomorrow’s Workforce at Albany Roundtable
“How Industry and Academia can help close the Skills Gap”


Dr. Karl Lawrence, dean, Excelsior College School of Business and Technology, will explore the intersection of higher education and the private sector, and the role academic-industry partnerships can play in supporting our region’s competitiveness in the global economy. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 9 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public.

His talk, “Enabling Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Industry and Academia Collaborations Can Help Close the Skills Gap,” will show that properly leveraged, academic-industry partnerships can accelerate the skilling and upskilling of the region’s workforce, facilitate knowledge transfer and ultimately lead to social and economic gains. Dr. Lawrence will offer several insights, including a broader acceptance of workforce training for college credit, new federal education-workforce development programs, and competency-based education.

Dr. Karl Lawrence is a trained financial economist who previously served as assistant professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he headed up the University’s Wall Street Initiative, which was geared toward preparing students for careers in investment banking. From 1996 through 1999, he served as risk manager for Florida’s $125 billion pension fund. Dr. Lawrence also served as associate dean of Business at Excelsior College, chair of the Business and Economics Department at Fort Valley State University, and as an assistant finance professor at American University of the Middle East.

Application forms will be available for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship during the luncheon. The scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a high school senior who is 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 an attendance at a two- or four-year college or university. Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 1, 2016, and the scholarships will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the University Club of Albany.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. 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 March 9 luncheon are required by Tuesday, March 8 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Capital Region Chamber) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Political strategists Greenberg, Bellafiore on Wednesday, 2/10

“Politics in 2016: a peek into the crystal ball, or perhaps through the looking glass”


Albany veterans, strategists and pundits Steve Greenberg and Bob Bellafiore will provide insights and prognostications for what will be the most interesting year in state and national politics since at least 2015. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 10 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public.

Steven Greenberg is the founder and principal of Greenberg Public Relations, and has more than 30 years of political and communications experience. His 12 years in the New York State Assembly culminated as Press Secretary for two former New York State Assembly Speakers – Mel Miller and Saul Weprin. For nine years, he was Communications Director for former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. Steve appears weekly on “The Insiders” segment on Capital Tonight, which airs nightly on Time Warner news stations across New York. He also appears regularly on “New York Now,” a statewide PBS public affairs program.

Bob Bellafiore began his career as a journalist and covered New York State government and politics for The Associated Press before joining The Business Council as Communications Director in 1991 and later joining Gov. George Pataki’s staff as his first Press Secretary. Bob later served as President of the State University of New York’s Charter Schools Institute, and spent nearly eight years leading Eric Mower and Associates’ successful public strategy practice. Before founding Stanhope Partners in 2012, Bob served as Vice President of Partner Services and Strategic Initiatives for National Heritage Academies, a national charter school management organization, where he was chief development officer and a member of the executive management team. He appears regularly on YNN’s popular nightly public affairs program “Capital Tonight” and public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom.”

Reservations are required and seating is limited. 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 February 10 luncheon are required by Tuesday, February 9 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Capital Region Chamber) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mayor Sheehan at the Roundtable - THU 1/14/16


***Note: meeting date changed to avoid schedule conflict***

THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY - NO ADDITIONAL RSVPS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Mayor Kathy Sheehan will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2016 on THURSDAY, January 14 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.  The Roundtable usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month but is changing the date of the January 2016 meeting to avoid a conflict with Governor Cuomo’s combined State of the State and Budget address. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public.

Mayor Sheehan became the 75th mayor of Albany in 2014.  Mayor Sheehan has dedicated her administration to unleashing Albany’s full potential, leading with a commitment to community, equity, and opportunity. She is an energetic champion of the renaissance now underway in Albany, and is working to revitalize all of the City’s neighborhoods.

Mayor Sheehan is committed to efficient and responsive government that includes diverse community voices. In her first year in office, she initiated major changes, including common sense budget savings, the launch of an overhaul to the City’s outdated zoning code, a renewal of Albany’s parks, traffic calming initiatives to make Albany’s streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and the steady transformation of the City’s downtown into a new urban neighborhood.

She is also 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 Albany succeeds academically.

Growing up in a large family that valued hard work and community service, Kathy put herself through college, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After a five-year career in communications, Kathy attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 1994. After working for a highly regarded law firm, she went on to become vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham.

KeyBank N.A. is the sponsor of the January 14 luncheon.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. 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 14 luncheon are required by Tuesday, January 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Capital Region Chamber) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Carrie Hillenbrandt, BBL Hospitality - 11/10

***Note: Date Changed to 11/10 to avoid conflict with Veteran’s Day***

Carrie Hillenbrandt, Director of Sales and Marketing for BBL Hospitality - the company behind downtown Albany’s new Marriott Renaissance hotel - will address the Albany Roundtable on Tuesday, November 10. The Roundtable usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month but is changing the date of the November 2015 meeting to avoid a conflict with Veteran’s Day. 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.

BBL Hospitality is a full-service hotel management company offering hotel owners and developers a single, high-quality source for construction, financing, and asset management services. They are also the owners of multiple restaurants and 12 top-quality hotels in New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Florida.

Carrie worked with BBL Construction Services, the ownership group and designers on the transformation of the historic DeWitt Clinton Hotel to the newly opened Renaissance Albany Hotel. The hotel combines old world charm with handsome dark wood paneling and stunning marble floors, with modern touches of convenience and flair. As a part of the exclusive and upscale Marriott Renaissance label, the hotel will provide an unparalleled level of service to guests, including access to Renaissance Navigators, local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities.

A graduate of Siena College with a degree in marketing, Carrie began her career as a Graduate in Development Manager for Interstate Hotels, Inc.  Working in all departments of the hotel, Carrie then specialized in Revenue Management and Sales for various brands such as Marriott, Omni, and Crowne Plaza.  Carrie has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and currently leads the strategic sales efforts for BBL Hospitality’s 13 managed hotels and 13 restaurants. She plays an integrated role in working with the hotel and sales personnel to develop new opportunities and grow existing business.  With membership in industry-specific associations such as ESSAE (Empire State Society of Association Executives), and MPI (Meeting Professionals International), Carrie achieved her designation as a Certified Meeting Professional.

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 November 10 luncheon are required by Monday, November 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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Fest Organizers Honored as "New Patroon:

Award will be presented at October 14 Luncheon 

Group to be honored for providing “sustainable funding for the for the support and preservation of the not-for-profit arts community in Albany”

The Albany Roundtable has selected the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts, its founder Yono Purnomo and its organizers to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for providing sustainable funding to the not-for-profit arts community in Albany. The award will be presented at the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, October 14.

Since their inaugural event in 2010, the Albany Chefs have presented a 3-day food and wine-themed festival that promotes local restaurants, chefs, and their innovative cuisine; educates consumers on healthy, sustainable agriculture; and donates all net income directly to deserving non-profit arts organizations. In 2015, the group made a record-breaking donation of $127,927 and boosted their six-year total contributions to $534,656.

Chris Hawver, President of the Albany Roundtable, said, “According to Kaid Benfield, author of People Habitat and the Roundtable’s visiting speaker in May, 2014, ‘one of the indicators of a healthy community – the kind of place that is likely to be loved and endure – is good evidence of creative expression. Whether it’s painting, photography, music, dance, sculpture, performance or something else, people like being around artists …’ The Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival gives hundreds of people the chance to show their support for our city’s beloved arts and cultural organizations. We are delighted to honor the organizers of this event with the New Patroon award.”

The featured speaker for the October 14 luncheon is Jeff Mirel, Executive Vice President at The Rosenblum Companies and Board President of the Albany Barn. The Albany Barn, a creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood, has been a recipient of funding through the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival. “This is an incredibly exciting time for our region, and demographic trends favor the continuing revitalization of our urban centers,” said Mirel. “But with that momentum comes hard questions about how we can remake the urban ‘renewal’ of the twentieth century, and align public, social, cultural, educational, industry and technology resources for more equitable, sustainable development.”

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 Historic Albany Foundation; 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, and All Over Albany in 2014.

The October 14 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 Tuesday, October 13 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 the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts, its founder Yono Purnomo and its organizers with this award.”