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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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Christopher Burke elected President of Albany Roundtable

The board of directors of the Albany Roundtable has elected Christopher Burke of Albany as its President. Burke succeeds Chris Hawver, who was elected in 2013.

The Albany Roundtable is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that presents a unique opportunity for people from around the region and from all walks of life to gather to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects.

Hawver, who serves as Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, will remain on the board as Immediate Past President. Vice President Steve Boisvert of McFarland-Johnson, Inc.; Secretary Penny Vavura of Pierce Communications and Treasurer Eileen Rosen of Keller Williams Realty were re-elected to their posts.

Burke is the fourth president of the civic luncheon forum, which was founded by Paul Bray in 1979. He served as president for 30 years and was succeeded by Colleen Ryan in 2008.

Chris Burke is Executive Director/CEO Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc. where he has worked since 2003. Prior to that he served as Director of Business Development for the American Red Cross; Project Manager for the New York State Science and Technology Foundation; and as a Budget Analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways & Means Committee. He serves on the board of NYS Employment Resources for People Who Are Blind; the Blind Employment Network of New York; the University Club Foundation and the Albany Parking Authority. He served previously on the Albany

County Legislature, and holds a Master of Arts in Business from the State University of New York Empire State College and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Burke will preside over the first Albany Roundtable meeting of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, October 11, when the featured speaker will be Gene Bunnell, author of Transforming Providence: Rebirth of a Post-Industrial City. The lunches are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, or to RSVP visit the Roundtable’s website at .