CDPA Speed Networking Event: Thursday, October 18th

Come meet your fellow area planners!

Washington Tavern – Photo Credit: Times Union

This purpose of this event is to meet other planners in the region and learn about their areas of expertise and career advice.The themes for this season’s speed networking event will include community development, economic development, and housing. The speed networking portion of the event will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. You will be invited to stay after the conclusion of the program to network more with the speakers and other event attendees. Appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

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When: Thursday, October 18 from 6-8:30pm

Where: Washington Tavern, 250 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203

How much: $15 or $12 for students

How should I prepare? Bring your business cards and prepare your elevator pitch!

What is speed networking? “Speed networking” evolved from the concept of “speed dating” which aims to facilitate introductions and connections between professionals during a short period of time. Each guest speaker moves between small groups of attendees to talk about their career.

I’ve made new connections. Now what? Follow-up! Connect on Linkedin. Join the CDPA LinkedIn Group. Send an e-mail. Ask to meet up again for an informational interview. Invite your new contacts to future events. In addition to meeting people and learning about their careers, one of the primary goals of this event is to build new professional relationships within the CDPA network.

Our presenters are:
Madelyn Thorne, ED Habitat for Humanity Schenectady County, her work focuses on building homes for low and moderate income residents as well as the new Ramp Up program, which constructs wheelchair ramps for qualified home-owners.

Johan Matthews, Training & Technical Assistance Associate at the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region whose work facilitates sustainable community development through free and low-cost services for emerging entrepreneurs and innovative nonprofit leaders;

Andy Corcione, an economic developer at Capitalize Albany who focuses on small business assistance, in-house grants, and other business investment efforts.

The University at Albany, Geography and Planning Department is currently engaged in two Urban Community Development projects working with the Arbor Hill Community Development Center (CDC): The S. Swan Street Redevelopment Project and the Sheridan Hollow Microgrid project and community concern, aiming to improve community health and safety in both neighborhoods. Adjunct Professor Robert Murphy and his student team will share their work and seek input.

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