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.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dr. Jim Reed, CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners, to address Roundtable 4/9


Trends in health care will be the focus of the April 9 luncheon

James K. Reed, M.D., President and CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, April 9. 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.

St. Peter’s Health Partners which was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health. This unique merger combined three successful health systems and included both Catholic-sponsored and secular components. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality, advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. St. Peter’s Health Partners has approximately 12,500 employees at more than 165 locations in seven counties of northeastern New York, and is the region’s largest private employer with an annual budget of $1.1 billion.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Reed served as President and CEO of Northeast Health, a regional not-for-profit comprehensive health care system providing primary, acute, long-term, residential, rehabilitative, and home care services to people of all ages. Dr. Reed received his undergraduate degree in economics from Amherst College, then attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his MBA. After nearly a decade at International Paper and Union Pacific, he attended Cornell University Medical College, and spent nine years as a partner in a private group family practice in Albany. In 1999, he was named Chief Medical Officer of Northeast Health. In 2001, he added the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer, and in 2005, became President and CEO.

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 April 9 luncheon are required by Monday, April 7 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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Michael Fancher of CNSE to address Albany Roundtable 3/12


Advanced Technologies and “Smart Cities” will be focus of March 12 luncheon

Michael Fancher, Vice President for Business Development and Economic Outreach, Director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials (CATN2), and Associate Professor of Nanoeconomics at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, March 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.

Mr. Fancher has been instrumental in advancing the College’s global educational, technology commercialization and economic growth initiatives. His work in developing industry, university and government partnerships has been a vital component of New York’s successful efforts to attract advanced nanotechnology-driven R&D and manufacturing to the state.

Mr. Fancher is internationally renowned as an industry expert and has been lauded for his work in the development of nanoeconomics as the study of the changing nature of corporate, government and academic decision-making processes as driven by nanotechnology and for technology policy.

NAI Platform is sponsoring the March 12 luncheon. “NAI Platform is pleased to provide our support to institutions that help build and promote local neighborhoods and livelihoods, and to civic leadership,” said Felton McLaughlin, Associate Broker, NAI Platform. “This is a very exciting time for the continued development of Tech Valley and the Capital Region, and we are delighted to help the Roundtable welcome Michael Fancher of CNSE.”

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 March 12 luncheon are required by Monday, March 10 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by email at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher to address Albany Roundtable

Chancellor of State University of New York will speak on February 12 

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 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.

With nearly 463,000 students, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. The Chancellor will discuss SUNY’s economic impact, with a focus on The Albany Promise, for which she is a driving force and a co-convener. The Albany Promise is a regional, cross-sector partnership where community, business, and civic leaders in Albany are coming together to support a shared cradle-to-career educational vision and engaging in collective impact.

Chancellor Zimpher began her work at SUNY in 2009 with a statewide tour of SUNY’s 64 campuses. The tour served as the first phase of a systemwide strategic planning process, and the resulting plan, The Power of SUNY, was launched in April 2010, with the central goal of harnessing SUNY’s potential to drive economic revitalization and increase quality of life every community across New York.

As The Power of SUNY is put into action, Chancellor Zimpher is leading a diverse set of new initiatives at SUNY in several key areas, including research and innovation, energy, health care, global affairs, and the education pipeline. She has also been a vocal advocate for groundbreaking legislative reforms that ensure SUNY can continue to provide broad access to quality, affordable public higher education while maximizing its impact as an engine of economic development.

Prior to coming to SUNY, Chancellor Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at The Ohio State University.

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 February 12 luncheon are required by Monday, February 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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Albany Roundtable Offers Scholarship


The Albany Roundtable, an all-volunteer non-profit corporation celebrating its 35th season in 2014, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

The group presents a civic luncheon series which is open to the public and attracts an average of 70 participants each month to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects relating to the region.

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, March 21, 2014, and the scholarship will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting in May at the University Club of Albany.

A short questionnaire, available here 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 ecrosen@nycap.rr.com.

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for civil discussion of the issues of the day,” said Chris Hawver, who began as the President of the 501c3 organization in September, 2013. “We hope that this scholarship 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.”

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