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.”