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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 .

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.