Urban Blight Forum

The Impact of Blight on Communities: Definitions, Effects, and Programs

CDPA is pleased to partner with the Rockfeller Institute to present this forum at the University at Albany.  For AICP members, 2.0 CM credits have been approved.

Cities throughout the United States are facing the increasingly persistent and costly problem of blighted and vacant properties. These properties consume seemingly endless resources, depress market values, and directly affect public safety and economic development. To combat the cycle from distressed to blighted or vacant, urban leaders across the nation are working in new ways to create 21st century remedies.

To promote understanding of the problem of urban blight and increase awareness of some remedies that are already working, and some that are emerging, the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, all part of the State University of New York, are co-hosting a forum entitled The Impact of Blight on Communities: Definitions, Effects, and Programs. In this forum, sponsored by TW&A Construction Management, the University at Albany’s Division of Research, and Cisco, the issue of urban blight will be discussed and defined within the context of New York State and the issues of economic and social impact on cities and municipalities will be considered. The keynote speaker and expert panelists will discuss the financial cost to cities and municipalities, as well as deterioration, decay, and neglect of the physical environment, with a particular focus on exploring the challenges involved in solving these problems.

This program is part one of a two-program series designed to consider the issue of urban blight and property abandonment. The second program will be scheduled at the University at Buffalo at a date to be determined.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
University at Albany Performing Arts Center (PAC) —-  Recital Hall

Keynoting the program will be Alan Mallach, a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, a national center that exists to help meet the growing need in America’s cities and towns for effective, sustainable solutions to turn vacant, abandoned, and problem properties into vibrant places. Mr. Mallach is nationally known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization, and has worked with local governments and community organizations across the country to develop creative policies and strategies to rebuild their cities and neighborhoods.

Additional panelists include:
George Galster, Ph.D., distinguished professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Gary McCarthy, mayor, City of Schenectady
Henry Louis Taylor, Ph.D., professor and founding director, Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo
Nora Yates, director, Community, Opportunity, Reinvestment (CORe) Initiative, New York State Governor’s Office
Panel moderator: Theresa A. Pardo, Ph.D., director, Center for Technology in Government.

To register, contact Michele Charbonneau at michele.charbonneau@rockinst.suny.edu or by calling (518) 443-5258. Parking is free to those who register.

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