Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mayor Jennings - DATE CHANGE - Thu. Jan 10!


Mayor Gerald D. Jennings to Address Albany Roundtable
DATE CHANGE for First Civic Luncheon of 2013 – Thursday, January 10

ALBANY, NY – December 12, 2012 – Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2013 on THURSDAY, January 10. The Roundtable usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month, but the date was changed to avoid a conflict with Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.

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.

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 Albany 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.

The Mayor will discuss the recently announced Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) undertaken to discuss the future of Albany’s waterfront as well as a number of other important developments in the city of Albany.

KeyBank N.A. is sponsoring the January 10 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.”

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable is also offering 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 10 luncheon are required by Monday, January 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, October 18, 2012

Carm Basile, CEO of CDTA, to address Roundtable on 11/14

Carm Basile, Chief Executive Officer of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, November 14, and discuss CDTA’s history of connecting Upstate New York. 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.
 
CDTA was created in 1970 by the New York State Legislature as a public benefit corporation to provide regional transportation services by rail, bus, water and air. Today’s CDTA is the premier mobility provider in the Capital Region, providing regular route bus service, shuttle systems and paratransit services. CDTA owns and operates the Rensselaer Rail and Saratoga Springs Train Stations. The Rensselaer Rail Station recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, serving as a Capital Region success story.  CDTA also operates the Northway Xpress Commuter Service between Saratoga County and downtown Albany. CDTA’s BusPlus program is a limited stop service on Route 5 between downtown Albany and downtown Schenectady that provides riders train-like service with added convenience and accessibility.  Today, 650 people work at CDTA to deliver a transit system that serves more than 800,000 people who live and work in the region, transporting more than 55,000 customers each weekday.
 
Carm Basile was appointed CDTA’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2009, and is responsible for the operation of the Authority’s fleet, facilities, staff and management. He has worked for CDTA since July 1981, holding a number of senior level positions, including Deputy Executive Director for Business Development, Director of Business Development, Chief of Staff, Director of Marketing and Transportation Planner.
 
Mr. Basile serves as a Board Member at the Colonie Chamber of Commerce, the Clearview Center, Colonie Senior Services and the Sports Foundation of the Capital Region. He serves as Board Member and President of the New York Public Transit Association and is a Board Trustee for Christian Brothers Academy. Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, he holds a BA degree in Urban Studies from Worcester State College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
 
The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable is also offering 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 14 luncheon are required by Tuesday, November 13 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, October 2, 2012

New Patroon Award to be presented on 10/10/12


Jeffrey Mirel, Founder of Albany Barn, Inc. will be recognized for leadership in creative arts, economic development and community building

Attend FUSION 10/12
at the Lake House
in Washington Park
The Albany Roundtable has selected Albany Barn, Inc, its board of directors, and founder Jeffrey Mirel to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for the organization’s efforts to cultivate support for the arts and develop a permanent, sustainable 21st Century creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany. The award will be presented at the first meeting of the Albany Roundtable’s 34th season on Wednesday, October 10th.

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A founding principle of Albany Barn is that art transforms communities. The organization’s name originates from the tradition of barn-raising, when a community came together to build a barn. In turn, that barn would enable a family to contribute to the prosperity of the entire community. Albany Barn is a community effort to “Raise The Barn” and lift Albany’s artists, youth and neighborhoods.

“Since 2004, the visionaries behind Albany Barn have leveraged the talents and passion of creative artists to support worthy causes,” said Colleen Ryan, President of the Albany Roundtable. “As author Richard Florida wrote, ‘Every single human being is creative. Economic growth is driven by creativity, so if we want to increase it, we have to tap into the creativity of everyone.’ Albany Barn is dedicated to creating a place for artists, neighborhood residents and the public alike to create, collaborate, present and explore, particularly those who cannot afford or otherwise access such space and services. In doing so, Albany Barn is fostering a more vibrant and sustainable city. We are delighted to honor Jeff and Albany Barn with the New Patroon award.”

The featured speaker for the October 10 luncheon is attorney and political analyst Bruce Gyory, who will share his thoughts on the 2012 elections. Bruce has over 28 years of experience as a lawyer, served three Governors of New York (two as Senior Advisor), and is now part of the team at Albany’s Corning Place Communications. He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Albany, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from New York University.

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 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.

The October 10 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. This year, the Roundtable is also offering its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.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 Tuesday, October 9 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 Ryan. “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 Jeff and Albany Barn with this award.”

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bruce Gyory to address Roundtable 10/10/12


Albany Roundtable Opens 2012-2013 Season with a Discussion of State and National Voting Trends 

ALBANY, NY – September 17, 2012 – Bruce Gyory, political consultant and adjunct professor of political science, will address the Albany Roundtable at the first luncheon of the 2012-2013 season on Wednesday, October 10. 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.

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A Strategic Consultant at Corning Place Communications in Albany, Bruce has over 28 years of experience as a lawyer, and has served three Governors of New York (two as Senior Advisor). Today, Bruce no longer practices law – focusing his talents on strategic positioning, political consulting and the study of national and state voter preferences and trends. He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Albany. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from New York University.
Corning Place Communications LLC was founded in 2000 as the communications, media relations and public affairs partner of Hinman Straub. Their award-winning firm provides expert strategic and crisis communications services, as well as the development and delivery of creative advocacy campaigns.
The Roundtable’s New Patroon Award will be presented at the October luncheon to Albany Barn, Inc. and its founder, Jeffrey Mirel, for the organization’s efforts to cultivate support for regional artists and to develop a permanent, sustainable 21st Century creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany.
The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. This year, the Roundtable is also offering 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 10 luncheon are required by Tuesday, October 9 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.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

2012-2013 Season Begins 10/10/12

Save the Dates!
  • Wednesday, October 10 - Bruce Gyory, Attorney and Political Analyst, will share his thoughts on the 2012 elections.
  • Wednesday, November 14 - Carm Basile, CEO of the Capital District Transportation Authority, will discuss CDTA's 40 years of experience with connecting Upstate New York.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

UPDATE: John Norquist on 5/23


John Norquist, CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism and author of The Wealth of Cities, will be in Albany on Wednesday, May 23 as a Visiting Speaker at the annual meeting of the Albany Roundtable.
We just learned that the meeting has been submitted for 2 CM (Certification Maintenance) Credits. The APA/AICP Certification Maintenance program helps planners gain the knowledge and skills they need to remain current in the practice of planning.
The event will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The $35 ticket includes a reception with open bar and light fare, followed by a presentation and Q&A with John Norquist.
Please call the University Club at 518-463-1151 to make your reservation.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

An Evening with John Norquist - May 23




Norquist, CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, will speak at Albany Roundtable's Annual Meeting

John Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

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 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 are $35.

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), based in Chicago and with chapters around the country, is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.

John Norquist’s work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative and antidote to sprawl’s social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and transportation policy.
Norquist served as Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He oversaw a revision of the city’s zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city’s 3.1-mile Riverwalk. Named a Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year during his tenure, Norquist also received the Bacon Prize, named for visionary Philadelphia planner Ed Bacon.

At CNU, he has joined local activists in numerous cities as a key champion of plans to replace freeways with boulevards. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University.

For nearly twenty years, CNU members have used the principles in CNU’s Charter to promote the hallmarks of New Urbanism, including:

  • Livable streets arranged in compact, walkable blocks.
  • A range of housing choices to serve people of diverse ages and income levels.
  • Schools, stores and other nearby destinations reachable by walking, bicycling or transit service.
  • An affirming, human-scaled public realm where appropriately designed buildings define and enliven streets and other public spaces.
 The Albany Roundtable has embraced the concepts of smart growth and New Urbanism since it was founded in 1979,” said Colleen Ryan, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “Time and time again, consultants have found Albany to be a ‘beautiful and distinguished city, in a wonderful natural setting, with strong urban fabric, promising economy and institutions, and an active and concerned citizenry’ – as it was described by the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team in 2007. We’re hoping that Mayor Norquist will inspire us to leverage those assets and act on existing plans to shape a more vibrant and sustainable City of Albany.”

At the same meeting, the Albany Roundtable will present its Good Patroon Award to Capital District Community Gardens for their efforts to improve neighborhoods through community gardening, healthy food access and urban greening programs for nearly 40 years. 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’s previous Visiting Speakers have included 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, May 18. Download the RSVP card here. For more information, visit www.albanyroundtable.com, email albanyroundtable@yahoo.com or call The University Club at 518-463-1151.

Friday, March 23, 2012

David Carroll, Albany Institute, to address Roundtable 4/11



David Carroll, Executive Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, April 11.

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.

A Colorado native, Carroll succeeded Christine Miles as the head of one of America's oldest museums in September, 2011. He served most recently as executive director for the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs, a position he held since 2005. While there, he worked with the staff and board to dramatically increase support and create a more vibrant institution that served the broader community. 

Before returning to his home state, Carroll served as the membership director at the Art Institute of Chicago. A graduate of Colorado State University and Indiana University Bloomington, Carroll has also worked at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago and the Indiana University Art Museum.

The cost for the luncheon 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 for the April 11 luncheon are required by Monday, April 9 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

NYS Medicaid Director to Address Albany Roundtable



Jason Helgerson, New York’s Medicaid Director, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, March 14.

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.

In January, 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in his State of the State address that he had issued an Executive Order aimed at redesigning New York’s outsized Medicaid program. The order called for the creation of a new Medicaid Redesign Team to find ways to save money within the Medicaid program.

New York spends more, per capita, on Medicaid than any other state in the country. In an effort to rein in the program’s rising costs, Gov. Cuomo tapped Jason Helgerson to be the state Medicaid director, and to serve as Executive Director of the NYS Medicaid Design Team. Helgerson previously oversaw Wisconsin’s “BadgerCare Plus” and Medicaid programs, and is credited to have trimmed the state’s Medicaid budget by 4.8%. The Wisconsin model focused on making it easier for people to enroll while reforming reimbursement rates, but without dictating how that would be done.
 
The cost for the luncheon 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 for the March 14 luncheon are required by Monday, March 12 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bob Belber to Address Albany Roundtable 2/8


General Manager of Times Union Center slated to speak on February 8, 2012

ALBANY, NY – January 18, 2012 – Bob Belber, General Manager of the Times Union Center on South Pearl Street in Albany and SMG Northeast Regional Manager of Live Entertainment, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 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.

Located in downtown Albany, the Times Union Center is upstate New York’s premier sports and entertainment facility. Home to the Siena Saints Division I men’s basketball team and Albany Devils AHL hockey team, the Times Union Center hosts a variety of events ranging from concerts to family shows to sporting events.

For the past 16 years, Bob Belber has worked with agents and promoters while they are routing tours, leveraging the other 18 arenas in the Northeast Region to attract more performing artists to Albany.

Belber will discuss the history facility as outlined in the “Milestones of the Times Union Center” report, trends in arena entertainment, and the role of facilities like the TUC in downtown revitalization.

Corporate support for this luncheon is provided by NAI Platform Realty, a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm with headquarters in Albany.

The cost for the luncheon 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 for the January 11 luncheon are required by Monday, January 9 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

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