Troy Today luncheon a great success!

IMG_0865[1]Thanks to everyone that came out to spend lunch with us at Brown’s Brew Pub in Troy to talk about  development in the historic Collar City. We discussed historic rehab projects, new businesses, major development projects underway and what the future may hold for Troy’s landscape. Author/”Troy Tub thumper” Duncan Crary and developer/entrepreneur Jeffrey Pfeil share their perspectives on what’s happening in Troy, from its built environment to its cultural pulse and we’re very grateful. We had 19 non-CDPA/APA members attend, which is fantastic. We hope that those of you non-members that attended will consider joining CDPA/APA.

Have you taken the event survey? If you attended and haven’t yet responded to our survey please take a moment and check it out.

Our next event is fast approaching. CDPA is pleased to sponsor the American Planning Association’s April webinar, “Open Government and Engaging the Public.”  The Capital District Regional Planning Commission will host the webinar at its offices off of Wolf Road in Colonie.

Technology is changing the way planning is conducted and open government is reshaping community engagement. Citizens now can access extensive information online and make use of government data, application processes, review procedures, and project commenting. Learn how this affects the planning commission’s role as the interface between government and the public. The program also will look at the developing concept of participatory budgeting.

Please, no walk-ins.  Advance registration is required.

This audio/web conference has been approved for 1.5 CM Credits for AICP members. This event is free for APA and Chapter-Only members.  Have you joined?

First Annual Port Industry Day at the Port of Albany

The Albany Port District Commission invites you to its First Annual Port Industry Day on May 1, 2014 from 8:00am until 2:00pm at the Port of Albany Terminal located at 109 Smith Blvd, Albany, NY 12202. Continue reading

Time is running out to register for tomorrow’s luncheon!

Our Troy luncheon is tomorrow! Have you registered? All eyes seem to be on Troy, NY these days. There is a wave of excitement about the place, from historic rehab projects, new businesses opening every day, major development projects underway and in planned for the future. This Thursday, author Duncan Crary and developer/entrepreneur Jeffrey Pfeil will share their perspectives on what’s happening in Troy, from its built environment to its cultural pulse.

Join us for an intimate discussion on Thursday, April 17th at 11:30am, Brown’s Brew Pub in Troy. Tickets are required for this event. Check out the Event page for purchase.

Register here today!

JEFFREY PFEIL has completed a number of successful real estate projects, including Powers Park Lofts in a renovated 19th century mill building in Lansingburgh; The Conservatory apartments in a completely restored historic department store building in downtown Troy, NY and new office buildings in Saratoga Springs (340 Broadway, The Masie Center, and two medical office buildings). These endeavors have inspired downtown redevelopment and rejuvenation in both Saratoga Springs and Troy.

DUNCAN CRARY is a writer and media relations consultant who secured several positive stories about Troy in the national media during the past year. For five years he hosted and produced more than 200 episodes of The KunstlerCast, a popular weekly podcast with noted social commentator James Howard Kunstler. In 2011, he authored a critically acclaimed book based on those conversations on urbanism. Today Duncan hosts and produces “A Small American City” podcast, about life in Troy, New York. The Wall Street Journal recently described him as a “Troy tub-thumper.”

Crary and Pfeil will have a conversation with each other and the audience about some of the pressing issues facing Troy, including: architectural standards, upcoming development, envisioning a plan for Troy, getting more national interest in Troy’s RFPs, gentrification, “Eyes on the Street,” concerns for local business. The audience will be encouraged to ask and provide answers to questions at any point during the conversation.

This event will provide 1CM for qualified planner professions.

CDPA’s Spring Luncheon, April 17

CDPA will host its first luncheon for 2014 in Troy.  On April 17th, join us for a discussion on Downtown Troy’s revival.  Join us at Brown’s Brewing Co. for this event.  CM credit will be requested. Continue reading

$3,000,000 for multi-modal, sustainable transportation systems available

In partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority seeks proposals that have the potential to reduce the energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions of the existing multi-modal transportation system in NY State.   Continue reading

Ferraro to Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award

The University at Albany has announced that Rocco Ferraro, AICP will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.  Mr. Ferraro is the Executive Director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and teaches courses in the Department of Geography and Planning at UAlbany.

According to the University at Albany:

The Adjunct Teaching Award is a System-level honor conferred to acknowledge and provide SUNY-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement, and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through this award, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty.

Mr. Ferraro will receive the Chancellor’s medallion at the UAlbany spring faculty meeting on April 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Local Government Planning & Zoning Workshop

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission will be hosting an all-day (8:00 am to 3:00 pm) Local Government Planning & Zoning Workshop on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Hudson Valley Community College. Continue reading

Is Your State Resilient? Planning for Climate Change

Join the National Collaborative of State Planners on Friday, April 11 for a free webinar: Is Your State Resilient? Planning for Climate Change. Planetary changes are occurring in measurable ways, from rising sea levels to floods to drought. Continue reading

Share your story: present at the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association annual conference

The Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association will hold their annual conference this year in downtown Rochester at the Memorial Art Gallery, from Wednesday, September 17, 2014 through Friday September 19, 2014.  Continue reading

NYS Envirothon Seeking Volunteers

The New York State Envirothon will be held on May 21 and 22 at SUNY Morrisville.  The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental education competition where a team of five high school students work together in hopes of winning scholarships and awards. It’s  made possible in part by the hard work and dedication of several volunteers.   Continue reading