Saturday, April 14, 2018

Race, Place, Power & Privilege - 5/23


The Albany Roundtable Presents An Evening with Daniel D’Oca 

Urban planner will discuss tools for creating more equitable and inclusive neighborhoods at Roundtable Annual Meeting

Who gets to be where? Like it or not, policies, practices, and physical artifacts are used by planners, lawmakers, developers, real estate brokers, community activists, and others to restrict or foster access to the spaces of our cities and suburbs. In May, the Albany Roundtable will welcome urban planner and educator Daniel D’Oca as Visiting Speaker to discuss “Race, Place, Power & Privilege.”

Daniel D’Oca, principal and co-founder of the New York City-based architecture, planning, and research firm Interboro Partners, and Associate Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss tactics to make cities more equitable and inclusive at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

**RESERVE TICKETS**

The event is open to the public, and will be held at the Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 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.

With Interboro Partners, Daniel has won many awards for participatory, place-based planning and design projects that combine intensive community engagement, in-depth analysis, and innovative design thinking. These awards include the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Award, and the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award. Interboro’s work has been published and exhibited widely, including features in The New York Times, Architecture Magazine, and Metropolis. Interboro’s book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion is an encyclopedia about accessibility and the built environment that was published in 2017. A limited number of books will be available for sale and signing for $30.

At Harvard, Daniel teaches interdisciplinary studio-based courses that invite students to work with community organizations to help build more equitable and inclusive neighborhoods. Recent courses have looked at refugee resettlement, fair housing, and age-friendly design.

“The Albany Roundtable has fostered civic engagement across disciplines – and over lunch – since it was founded in 1979,” said Christopher Burke, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “We convene our monthly luncheon meetings so people from around the region and from all walks of life can gather to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects. We hope our annual meeting’s Visiting Speaker challenges people to reject outdated ways of looking at the places and spaces that surround us, and embrace new tools to develop the cities of the future.”

Major sponsors for the event are the Capital District Transportation Committee and Architecture+, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity/Capital District with additional support from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm. AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Dr. Larry Paska, executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies; Matt Tomasulo, “Chief Instigator” behind Walk [Your City];  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 Friday, May 18. For more information, email albanyroundtable@gmail.com or call 518-992-5360.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Roundtable focuses on tourism with Erie Canalway’s Bob Radliff on April 11




ALBANY, NY – With spring – and soon summer – on its way, that means it’s time once again to enjoy New York State’s historic gem the Erie Canal. Bob Radliff, the executive director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, will speak on Wednesday, April 11 at the Albany Roundtable about the historic preservation and future of the Erie Canal.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor preserves our extraordinary canal heritage, promotes the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and fosters vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway. It achieves its mission in partnership with the National Park Service, New York State agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, and more than 200 communities across the full expanse of upstate New York.

Spearheaded by Erie Canalway, 450 miles of the New York State Canal System was designated as a National Historic Landmark district in 2016. The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals.

Radliff has been the head of the Erie Canalway since 2013. Prior to that, he served for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, a nonprofit financial institution capitalized by socially concerned investors. From 2010-2013, he simultaneously served as the Executive Director of the Albany Center for Economic Success, a small business incubator and community development facility. From 1990-1995, he was the Executive Director of the Albany Community Land Trust, a nonprofit corporation holding land in trust while providing long-term access to meet community needs.

The cost for the April 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 11 luncheon are required by Monday, April 9 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com. 

In May, the Albany Roundtable will welcome urban planner and educator Daniel D’Oca as Visiting Speaker to discuss “Race, Place, Power & Privilege.” He will describe techniques for making cities more equitable and inclusive at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue.  Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar.

(Photo: Lori Van Buren/ Albany Times Union)

Monday, February 26, 2018

New UAlbany President Discusses Higher Ed Funding at Albany Roundtable - 3/14/18



ALBANY, NY –  As the New York State budget process continues, the Albany Roundtable has invited University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez to discuss higher education funding, how it impacts UAlbany and his vision for the University moving forward.

Dr. Rodríguez
took office at UAlbany in September with more than 25 years of experience as a leader in higher education.

Before coming to UAlbany, Dr. Rodríguez was the founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Dr. Rodríguez was instrumental in creating UTRGV, a new public research university, and building the university’s new medical school from the ground up. He had previously served as interim president and provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Pan-American, which merged with The University of Texas at Brownsville to become UTRGV.

Prior to his leadership positions in Texas, Dr. Rodríguez spent seven years at the University of Delaware as deputy provost, vice provost for academic affairs and international programs, and professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He also directed UD’s acclaimed Disaster Research Center, the world’s first research center devoted to the studying the complex social problems that result from natural and technological disasters and other community-scale crises.

Dr. Rodríguez has also held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, and served as Director of the Minority Affairs Program for the American Sociological Association (1995-1998). A respected scholar, he studies the socioeconomic impacts of disasters and the economic well-being of minority populations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Rodríguez received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife, Rosy Lopez, have three grown children.

This event is being sponsored by the University atAlbany Alumni Association.

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 14 luncheon are required by Monday, March 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Jill Peckenpaugh discusses work of US Committee on Refugees & Immigrants - 2/14/18

With ICE, DACA, the Wall and more in our nation’s current events, Jill Peckenpaugh, the director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)'s Albany Field Office, sheds light on what’s real and fake in today’s news. She will talk about the good that is being done in Albany at the next Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, February 14 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. The meeting is open to the public.

In the neighborhoods across Albany, a sanctuary city, USCRI open doors for uprooted people, helping the world’s most vulnerable rebuild their lives. USCRI is part of a nationwide network that breaks through social, cultural, and economic barriers so previously interrupted lives can flourish.

Jill Peckenpaugh is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a degree in International Relations, and Lesley University, where she earned a master’s in Training and Development. She worked for more than 10 years as a consultant, was director of Program Management at Cross-Cultural Solutions for 5 years and has been director of the USCRI Albany Field Office for about nine years.

“Our perspective is very positive and our refugees greatly improve their lives in terms of nutrition, health care, education and opportunity, particularly those who came from refugee camps,” Peckenpaugh told the Albany Times Union in 2016. “They don’t succeed overnight, but look at what our refugees achieve here is a testament to their hard work and how welcome and supportive this area has been.”

There were nearly 74,000 foreign-born individuals living in the Census bureau’s Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area in 2014.

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 14 luncheon are required by Monday, February 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Mayor Kathy Sheehan - THU 1/11/18

Mayor Kathy Sheehan will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2018 on Thursday, January 11 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public.

Mayor Sheehan, who was just re-elected in November, 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.

 “Key is pleased to be a long-time supporter of the Albany Roundtable, especially the Mayor’s annual address,” said Ruth Mahoney, President of KeyBank’s Capital Region Market and Regional Retail Executive. “We're committed to supporting the Mayor’s vision for the city and region, as well as doing our part to help create thriving futures for the people and communities we serve. The Albany Roundtable aligns with all of our priorities--Neighbors, Education and Workforce Development.”

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 11 luncheon are required by Friday, January 5 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.

Friday, October 27, 2017

CEG's Andrew Kennedy to discuss Amazon HQ2 proposal - 11/8



Andrew Kennedy, the President and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), will discuss the recently-submitted proposal to lure Amazon’s HQ2 to the Capital Region at the next Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, November 8. The luncheon will be held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and is open to the public.

The Center for Economic Growth is a nonprofit, regional economic and business development organization that serves as the primary point of contact for businesses interested in growing in or moving to New York’s Capital Region.

Kennedy previously served as the Deputy Director of State Operations for Governor Andrew M Cuomo overseeing the day-to-day management of New York State government, as well as developing and overseeing implementation of state policies and programs related to economic development. Prior to that, Andrew served as Governor Cuomo’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Development coordinating the development and management of the State’s economic development and housing efforts.

Before joining Governor Cuomo’s staff, Andrew worked for over a decade at the New York State Division of Budget and for the New York State Assembly where he developed a detailed understanding of New York’s fiscal and economic development policies and programs. Andrew holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College in political science.

The Albany Roundtable will also present its prestigious New Patroon Award to Clark House Hospitality and its co-owners Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine for creating quality experiences between people, food, and drink in Troy, and for their leadership in bringing ride hailing to upstate New York.

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 8 luncheon are required by Monday, November 6 and may be made online, by calling 518-992-5360 or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gene Bunnell - What Albany can learn from Providence, RI

Gene Bunnell, Ph. D., Associate Professor Emeritus in Geography and Planning will compare Albany and Providence, both state capitals and both cities located on a river. He will discuss planning, development and more at the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, October 11 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. The meeting is open to the public.

Gene Bunnell holds a Master of City Planning degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. in Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University at Albany, State University at New York. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Smith College, Hampshire College and Vassar College.

Dr. Bunnell is the author of Making Places Special: Stories of Real Places Made Better by Planning (APA Planners Press 2002) and Built to Last: A Handbook on Recycling Old Buildings (Preservation Press 1977). Gene was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.


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 11 luncheon are required by Tuesday, October 10 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-992-5360 or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.