Friday, December 24, 2010

Mayor Jennings to Speak at Jan. 12 Luncheon

ALBANY, NY – December 22, 2010 – Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2011 on Wednesday, January 12.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public and held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.

Mayor Gerald D. Jennings was elected the 74th Mayor of the City of Albany in 1993. Born in North Albany, Jennings had a 21-year career as a teacher and high school administrator for the Albany City School District and served 13 years on the Common Council representing the 11th Ward.

The Mayor has successfully established collaborative partnerships with New York State, the business community, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations that have produced new development projects representing more than $6 billion in new investment since 1994.

In 2010, Albany began work on the development of a comprehensive plan which will help determine what lies ahead for the Capital City. Albany2030 will look forward twenty years, while at the same time considering where the city is now and where it’s been. Through a series of public meetings, the plan will address all aspects of city life: housing, recreation, transportation, sustainability, infrastructure, and more.

KeyBank N.A. is sponsoring the January 12 luncheon. “Key is pleased to provide charitable support to area cultural and educational resources, to volunteer efforts that help build local neighborhoods and livelihoods, and to civic leadership,” said Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, KeyBank. “Key’s success – and the success of our communities – is one and the same.”

Reservations for the January 12 luncheon are required by Monday, January 10 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle by dropping a business card at the registration table.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Mike Breslin, Albany County Executive, to address Roundtable on November 10

ALBANY, NY – October 25, 2010 – Albany County Executive Michael G. Breslin will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, November 10.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, but remain open to the public.

Mike has lived in Albany County all his life and was president of his graduating class at Vincentian Institute. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and later served a year in Vietnam where he was a company commander in the 4th Infantry Division.

After graduating from the University of Toledo Law School, Mike was an attorney in private practice for more than 20 years, including more than a decade with his brothers Neil and Tom in the firm Breslin, Breslin and Breslin. Mike’s community service includes more than 20 years on the board of Hospitality House, a residential drug treatment facility, 13 years as attorney to Saint Anne Institute, a facility for adolescent girls, seven years on the board of LaSalle School for Boys and more than ten years of coaching youth baseball and softball teams.

A longtime member and former chairman of the Bethlehem Democratic Committee, Mike was appointed Albany County Executive on January 1, 1995. Voters elected Mike to a full, four-year term the following November. During his tenure, Mike has been committed to providing essential services to the people of Albany County, while increasing the efficiency and reducing the size and cost of County government.

Reservations for the November 10 luncheon are required by Monday, November 8 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for free membership in the University Club through the end of 2010.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.com.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Albany Roundtable Opens 2010-2011 Season with GlobalFoundries

Travis Bullard will address luncheon on October 13

ALBANY, NY – September 27, 2010 – Travis Bullard, public affairs and communications manager for GlobalFoundries, will address the Albany Roundtable at the first luncheon of the 2010-2011 season on Wednesday, October 13.

GlobalFoundries is currently building its Fab 8 fabrication plant, or “fab,” at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County. Fab 8 is designed to be the world’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world and is currently the largest economic development project in the United States.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public and held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.

The development of the Fab 8 facility at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County is the latest step in the rejuvenation of an area which was once known as a national leader in manufacturing and innovation. The construction project is expected to take approximately two years to complete and an additional 12 to 18 months to reach full operating mode, with manufacturing beginning in 2012 and volume production anticipated in early 2013. The total capital budget for Fab 8 is estimated at approximately $4.6 billion, including local construction expenditures of approximately $880 million. The build-out is expected to create approximately 1,600 new construction jobs, plus an additional 2,700 local construction-related jobs. Once completed, Fab 8 is expected to create approximately 1,400 new direct jobs and an additional 5,000 in-direct jobs in the region.

The Roundtable’s Good Patroon Award will also be presented at the October luncheon to community arts advocate Maude Baum, Artistic Director of eba.

Reservations for the October 13 luncheon are required by Monday, October 11 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a bottle of fine wine donated by the University Club Foundation.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.com or www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Good Patroon Award to be presented to Maude Baum, eba Inc., on 10/13


The Albany Roundtable has selected community arts advocate Maude Baum, artistic director of eba, Inc., to receive its prestigious Good Patroon Award for her efforts to cultivate and develop an understanding of and interest in the performing, visual and technological arts. This annual award was established in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals.

“Since its founding in 1972, eba has celebrated the creative potential within each individual, and led the way in integrating creativity with daily life,” said Colleen Ryan, President of the Albany Roundtable. “As economist and social scientist Richard Florida points out, the creative class is a driving force for economic development in our post-industrial cities. Through her work with eba, Maude continues to provide opportunities for people of all ages and all walks of life to collaborate in design, education, and arts and to experience the sheer joy that arises from creating new ideas. For her unflagging dedication to a vision of a more creative future, we are delighted to honor Maude and eba with the Good Patroon Award.”

Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York State Alliance of Arts Education will present the Award at the first meeting of the Albany Roundtable’s 32nd season on Wednesday, October 13th. The luncheon’s featured speaker is Travis Bullard, the spokesperson for GlobalFoundries, a microchip producer with a new chip-fab plant under construction in Saratoga County.

“On behalf of everyone at eba, we are so honored to accept the Good Patroon Award,” said Baum. “The lives of those we touch are the real beneficiaries of this award. Without the appreciation and participation of the community, our mission would be vacant. Usually, we work in near-seclusion creating and preparing for a few days of performance for the community. It is wonderful to take a moment and reflect on the value of creativity in our lives – all of our lives.”

To fulfill its mission, eba operates five distinct programs: eba Theater, a historic building on Lark Street which houses all eba programs; everything but anchovies Dance Theatre, eba’s arts-in-education company; eba Center for Dance and Fitness, offering classes for teens, adults and senior citizens; Kids Dancspace @ eba, eba’s school of creative learning for children aged 3-12; and Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre, the oldest and farthest-traveled dance theatre company in the region and has been heralded as Albany’s “Premier Dance Theatre.”

In addition to programming at the Theater, eba’s work with schools, libraries and communities brings Dance Theater and the creative process to students, teachers and families. Special needs students are always integrated into eba classes and workshops, and eba works with a number of at-risk or underserved populations, including clients of St. Catherine’s Center for Children, Parsons Child & Family Center, Glenmont Job Corps, the College of St. Rose, and Girls, Inc.

Throughout the month of September, eba competing for a grant of $250,000 to purchase fitness equipment and remodel the first floor of their Lark Street heaquarters through the Pepsi Refresh Project. Votes can be cast at www.refresheverything.com/ebafitnesscenter.

The October 13 Roundtable Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon and will be held at the historic University Club of Albany at 141 Washington Avenue. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15, which may be paid at the door. 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 11 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com. For additional information visitwww.AlbanyRoundtable.blogspot.com.

The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include housing and social justice advocates Roger and Maria Markovics; Christine M. Miles, Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art; Parsons Child and Family Center and its Executive Director Raymond Schimmer; Capital Repertory Theater and its Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill; and the Albany Housing Authority and its Executive Director Stephen Longo.

“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 Ryan. “The Good Patroon Award is the Albany Roundtable’s primary means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present Maude and eba with this award.”

Thursday, May 6, 2010

“No Impact Man: An Evening with Colin Beavan”


Beavan will be Visiting Speaker at Annual Meeting on May 18

Author, blogger and environmentalist Colin Beavan will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

The event is open to the public, and will be held at the historic University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception 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 and a presentation by the visiting speaker. Tickets start at $35.

Colin Beavan is the author of No Impact Man (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, September 2009). Beavan describes himself as an author who “got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it.” Thus, in November, 2006, Beavan launched a year-long project in which he, his wife, his two-year-old daughter and his four-year-old dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

Beavan has a Ph D in electronic engineering from the University of Liverpool. He spent several years as a consultant to philanthropic organizations such as social housing providers, drug treatment agencies and hospitals. He is director of the No Impact Project, a visiting scholar at New York University, an advisor to the University’s Sustainability Task Force, and sits on the board of directors of New York City’s Transportation Alternatives and on the advisory council of Just Food.

“The Albany Roundtable was founded in 1979 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among people active in business, the arts, education, not‐for‐profits, governments, neighborhoods and other urban activities,” said Colleen Ryan, president of the all-volunteer not-for-profit organization. “The Albany Roundtable has long embraced the ideals of sustainability, as well as civic and personal responsibility. To be better citizens, we must all grapple with the question Colin Beavan asked at the beginning of his book: ‘Is it true that a guy like me can’t make a difference? Or am I just too lazy or frightened to try?’”

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included 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, May 14. Invitations and RSVP forms can be viewed and printed by following these links. For more information, email albanyroundtable@yahoo.com or call Colleen Ryan at 518-428-9348.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Earth Day Screening of "No Impact Man"


Please join us at a community screening of the film No Impact Man to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and to promote the appearance of "No Impact Man" Colin Beavan in Albany next month.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
University Club of Albany
Washington Avenue at Dove Street
Albany, NY


Beavan will be the Visiting Speaker at the Albany Roundtable's Annual Meeting and cocktail reception on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Both events are open to the public, one need not be a member of the Albany Roundtable or the University Club to attend. Dinner and beverages will be available for purchase.

The screening will take place downstairs in the Grille Room on the 60" television. Seating is limited, please RSVP to 518-463-1151. Suggested donation of $5 to the University Club Foundation which is co-hosting this event with The Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Agenda for 4/14 Meeting - Speaker Change!

Gavin Donohue will be unable to address the Albany Roundtable today. In his stead, Duncan Stewart, Executive Director of the Albany Convention Center Authority, will provide an update.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Albany Convention Center Authority Update - 4/14/10

Gavin Donohue, Chair of the Albany Convention Center Authority to address Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon

Will provide a progress report on the Albany Convention Center

ALBANY, NY – March 21, 2010 – Gavin J. Donohue, the Chair of the Albany Convention Center Authority, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, April 14.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, but remain open to the public.

The Albany Convention Center Authority (ACCA) was created in 2004 as a public benefit corporation under the New York State Public Authorities Act. The ACCA was created to meet an immediate need to institute a comprehensive, coordinated program of convention activities in the City of Albany with the goal of building and maintaining a convention center and hotel.

“The new convention center will become an important part of the revitalized downtown,” said Donohue. “We look forward to opportunities like this to meet with area residents and other stakeholders to ensure the best fit of this new center within the rich historic fabric of Albany’s downtown.”

In addition to chairing the board of the ACCA, Mr. Donohue is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc. (IPPNY), a statewide trade association organized in 1986 as a not-for-profit corporation.

This luncheon is sponsored by NAI Platform Realty. Located in Albany, NAI Platform’s experienced team includes 18 commercial specialists with approximately 200 years of combined real estate experience. Their professionals have been responsible for some of upstate New York’s most significant deals, specializing in Office, Industrial, Land, Retail, Investment, Nonprofit, and Multi-Family.

Reservations for the April 14 luncheon are required by Monday, April 12 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Albany Roundtable to participate in Community Connections II

March 25 mixer will promote downtown neighborhoods and organizations

ALBANY, NY – March 17, 2010 – The public is invited to attend a mixer celebrating Albany’s historic downtown neighborhoods on Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 6:00 - 8 p.m.

Community Connections II will take place at the University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is hosting this event, dress is casual and one need not be a member to attend.

There is no cost to participate in the mixer, which will feature information on many of Albany’s not-for-profit institutions, including: The Albany Institute of History & Art; The Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series; Equinox, Inc.; Girls, Inc.; Historic Albany Foundation; Washington Park Conservancy; and the quarterly publication Capital Neighbors. Representatives will be on hand to let neighbors know how they can join or support these important organizations.

“The Albany Institute is honored to be a part of Community Connections II,” said Steve Ricci, the Institute’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing. “There are so many outstanding nonprofits working to enrich our community. Community Connections is an opportunity for them to meet the public, and each other, so we can all learn more about we do and lend support to those efforts.”

The Center Square, Hudson/Park, Washington Park, Park South and Mansion Neighborhood Associations will also have information available for those who would like to become members.
The cost of delicious appetizers will be underwritten by neighborhood business and individual sponsors, and beer, wine and soft drinks will be available.

The first Community Connections was held in November 2009, and Community Connections II was brought back by popular demand.

“This is a great opportunity for residents of our historic neighborhoods to reconnect with old friends and welcome new neighbors into our community, while celebrating downtown living and building stronger connections among neighbors and groups,” said Colleen Ryan, one of the event’s organizers. “We hope to see many of our neighbors at Community Connections II on Thursday, March 25.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to address Roundtable on 3/10

Will discuss the Public Education Empowerment and Innovation Act and SUNY’s strategic plan

ALBANY, NY – February 22, 2010 – Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, March 10.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, but remain open to the public.

Dr. Zimpher became Chancellor on June 1, 2009, and began her work at SUNY with a tour of the system’s 64 campuses. She has launched a statewide planning process for the SUNY system that will serve as a model for statewide collaboration for public education in New York State and beyond.

The Chancellor began her career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in the Ozarks, and has never lost her passion for providing accessible, quality education for every student.

Previously, Dr. Zimpher served as President of the University of Cincinnati, where she led a bold, aggressive strategic planning process, UC21: Defining the New Urban Research University, which transformed the campus into a national powerhouse and a model for urban universities in the 21st century.

Chancellor Zimpher holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education and Speech, a master’s degree in English Literature, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration, all from The Ohio State University.

Reservations for the March 10 luncheon are required by Monday, March 8 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a certificate for an overnight stay at the Morgan State House in Albany.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Kirsten Keefe, Consumer Housing Attorney, to Address Albany Roundtable on 2/10

Empire Justice Center attorney to discuss predatory lending, foreclosure issues

ALBANY, NY – January 25, 2010 – Kirsten Keefe, a senior staff attorney with the Consumer Housing, C.A.S.H. and Community Development Unit in the Albany office of the Empire Justice Center, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 10.

She will discuss the subprime and foreclosure crisis as it relates to New York State, and outline the innovative steps the state has taken to help homeowners in terms of foreclosure prevention.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are now held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, but remain open to the public.

Kirsten works on anti-predatory lending initiatives and is a member of the HomeSave Coalition of the Capital Region. Lately she has been focusing on policy and legislative work on the state and federal levels. She is also frequent trainer of counselors and lawyers on consumer law issues and taught consumer law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

Kirsten is also the founding director of Americans for Fairness in Lending, a national message campaign to raise awareness of abusive lending practices and push for regulation and was appointed in 2009 as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Reservations for the February 10 luncheon are required by Monday, February 8 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a unique gift donated by master woodworker Peter Leue.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mayor Gerald D. Jennings to Address Albany Roundtable

First civic luncheon of 2010 slated for Wednesday, January 13

ALBANY, NY – December 17, 2009 – Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2010 on Wednesday, January 13.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are now held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, but remain open to the public.
Mayor Gerald D. Jennings is the 74th Mayor of the City of Albany. First elected in 1993, he is about to embark on his fifth term as Mayor of New York’s Capital City. Born in North Albany, Jennings had a 21-year career as a teacher and high school administrator for the Albany City School District and served 13 years on the Common Council representing the 11th Ward.
The Mayor has successfully established collaborative partnerships with New York State, the business community, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations that have produced new development projects representing more than $6 billion in new investment since 1994.

In 2009, Albany once again captured the title of All-America City. Albany’s rich history and culture, proven civic engagement and youth programming embodied the goals of this prestigious award from the National Civic League, which is a testament to the many efforts that take place throughout the community to improve the quality of life for all our residents.

KeyBank N.A. is sponsoring the January 13 luncheon. “Key is pleased to provide charitable support to area cultural and educational resources, to volunteer efforts that help build local neighborhoods and livelihoods, and to civic leadership,” said Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, KeyBank. “Key’s success – and the success of our communities – is one and the same.”

Reservations for the January 13 luncheon are required by Monday, January 11 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Pearl Grant Richman’s in Stuyvesant Plaza.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.com or www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com .