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Nov. 21 – Stream Buffer Workshop

When: November 21st 2019, 5-8pm

Location: Tompkins Center for History and Culture; 110 Tioga Street on the Commons in Ithaca

What: This lively event will provide municipal officials, board members, conservationists and others interested in protecting streams and wetlands with tools that improve water quality, and reduce flooding and property loss in a changing climate. Light dinner will be provided.

Agenda

5:00-5:30 Riparian Buffers 101: Why are buffers important and how are they vulnerable? Lydia Brinkley, Upper Susquehanna Coalition
5:30-6:00 Ordinances/Site Review: Tips and tools to protect buffers at the municipal level. Scott Doyle, Tompkins County Planning and Sustainability
6:00-6:15 Dinner
6:15-6:35 Watershed Planning: Ways to identify and prioritize stream buffers in need of improvement. Kristen Hychka, NYS Water Resources Institute
6:35-7:00 Project Implementation: How to implement a stream/buffer restoration projects and funding options available. Lydia Brinkley
7:00-7:30 Case Studies: Lessons learned from stream restoration projects in Tompkins County. Angel Hinickle, Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District; Scott Doyle, and Lydia Brinkley
7:30-8:00 Q&A

Click here for more information and registration.

Sept. 19 – NYCOM Fall Conference in Saratoga Springs

State and Federal Funding, Financing, and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure Roundtable Discussion

When: September 19th, 2019

Location: Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY

What: The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and government experts presented information about funding and financing for municipal infrastructure.

Who: Municipal Supervisors and Mayors, Council/Board Members, Town Clerks and Managers, DPW Staff, Town Planners, Engineers, and other interested community leaders were invited to attend.

Presentations:

Click here for a database of presentations at previous SU-EFC events.

Nov. 6 – State and Federal Funding, Financing, and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure Roundtable Discussion

State and Federal Funding, Financing, and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure Roundtable

Registration: Registration is now closed for this event, which is at capacity.
Lunch is provided and there is no cost to registrants.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9:30am-2:00pm.
Where: Center For Discovery: The Michael Ritchie Big Barn for Environmental Health and Education
103 Mitteer Road, Hurleyville, NY 12747
What: The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center will host state, regional, and federal agency representatives to provide information about the funding process for municipal infrastructure. This roundtable features updates on grant and loan programs, opportunities for co-funding, and the chance to meet with funders.
Who: Municipal supervisors and mayors, council/board members, town clerks and managers, DPW staff, town planners, engineers, and other interested community leaders are invited to attend!

Agenda:

9:30AM          Registration and coffee
10:00AM        Introductions
10:15AM         Funding Roundtable
12:15PM          Lunch
12:30PM         Presentation:  Representative from the Center for Discovery
1:00PM           Small group discussions with funding agencies
2:00PM           Adjourn

Moderator: Khris Dodson, Associate Director, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center | View Presentation

Roundtable participants:

  • Brenda Smith • Community Programs Director • US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development | View Presentation
  • Leila Mitchell • Environmental Program Specialist II, Division of Water • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation | View Presentation
  • Anni Balbian  • Assistant Engineer, Bureau of Water Supply Protection • NYS Department of Health | View Presentation
  • Jennifer Sunkes  • Manager, Public Finance • NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation | View Presentation
  • John Demarest  • Program Manager, Division of Local Government Services • NYS Department of State |View Presentation
  • Charles Philion • Program Director, Office of Community Renewal • NYS Homes & Community Renewal | View Presentation
  • Candace Balmer • State Lead • RCAP Solutions | View Presentation
  • Patricia Pomeroy • Executive Director • Hudson Valley Regional Council | View Presentation

Contact: Contact Jes Eckerlin at jeschn01@syr.edu or 315-350-8534 with registration or program questions.

The New York Rural Water Association’s 40th Annual Technical Conference: Funding, Financing and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure Roundtable

Funding, Financing, and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure Roundtable

SU-EFC will be hosting a funding roundtable at the New York Rural Water Association’s 40th Annual Technical Training Workshop and Exhibition. Join us to learn more about funding opportunities and other resources!

When: May 22, 2019, 10am-12pm

Speakers: Charles Philion (NYS Homes and Community Renewal),  Audra Nowosielski (NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation), Brenda Smith (USDA Rural Development), Scott Alderman (NYS Department of Health), Christopher Grant (NYS Department of State), Leila Mitchell (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation). Facilitated by Meredith Perreault (SU-EFC).

New York Rural Water Association’s 40th Annual Technical Training Workshop and Exhibition
May 20-22, 2019
The Turning Stone Resort
5218 Patrick Road
Verona, NY 13478
Conference Agenda

Register here: https://www.nyruralwater.org/conference
Registration deadline: May 2, 2019

April 2-3, 2019 – Local Leaders Conference

Local Leaders Conference

When: April 2-3, 2019

Location: Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY

What: The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and government experts presented information about funding and financing for municipal infrastructure. The conference provide rural leaders in New York State the opportunity to discuss local governance needs and develop leadership skills while networking with technical assistance providers and state and federal funding agency representatives.

Who: Supervisors and mayors, council/board members, town clerks and managers, DPW staff, town planners, engineers, and other interested community leaders are invited to attend.

Presentations:

https://efc.syr.edu/resources/presentations/

February 19 – Association of Towns 2019 Annual Meeting & Training School

State and Federal Funding, Financing, and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure Roundtable Discussion

When: February 19th, 2019

Location: New York Marriott Marquis, New York City

What: The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and government experts presented information about funding and financing for municipal infrastructure.

Who: Municipal Supervisors and Mayors, Council/Board Members, Town Clerks and Managers, DPW Staff, Town Planners, Engineers, and other interested community leaders were invited to attend.

Presentations:

https://efc.syr.edu/resources/presentations/

Preparedness Planning Workshops: Creating Watershed Resiliency in Your Community

Join us for a series of no-cost workshops that will teach you natural, easy-to-implement ways to prepare for an uncertain future. These events are open to all members of the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Register now by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/forms/8hMbRLQkUdW7JfJu1
Or register by phone: Kathy Forrest, (315)443-1131
We highly encourage you to attend multiple workshops, and please list any dietary restrictions!


Click to download.

When:
April 4th, April 25th, and May 9th, 2019, 6pm – 8:30pm
6:00pm: Hot hors d’oeuvres and registration
6:30-8:30pm: Program

Where:
Wolcott Elks Lodge
6161 W Port Bay Rd
Wolcott, NY 14590

Schedule:
April 4th, 6pm – 8:30pm
Lindsey Gerstenslager, Wayne County SWCD
Managing Water Through Naturalized Design

April 25th, 6pm – 8:30pm
Gregory M. Sargis, The Nature Conservancy
Lessons Learned from Four Recent Habitat Improvement Projects

May 9th, 6pm – 8:30pm
Jayme Thomann, Genessee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
Land Use Tools for Stormwater and Floodplain Management

Who Should Attend:
Homeowners, municipal board members, business owners, elected officials, and municipal staff.

This work is supported by agreement with New York Sea Grant, funds provided by the Environmental Protection Fund under the authority of the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act.

2019 Local Leaders Conference

Develop Your Leadership Skills
April 2-3, 2019
Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY
View the full program here.
Download program descriptions and bios.

Haven’t registered yet?
Check for space availability at the conference 
by calling Kathy Forrest, (315)443-1131.


About the Conference: 
We invite you to join the SU-EFC for our annual Local Leaders Conference to be held at the Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY. The purpose of this conference is to provide rural leaders in New York State the opportunity to discuss local governance needs and develop leadership skills, while networking with technical assistance providers and state and federal funding agency representatives.

Who Should Attend: 
Supervisors and mayors, council/board members, town clerks and managers, DPW staff, town planners, engineers, and other interested community leaders are invited to attend.

Learn how to:

  • Build support for decisions, reduce conflict and become a compelling communicator;
  • Find funding for community resiliency and clean and safe water infrastructure;
  • Communicate with the public, your board, regulatory and funding agencies;
  • Engage the public and hold effective meetings;
  • Develop competitive grant applications;
  • Recruit and retain excellent talent for your workforce;
  • Participate in the funding and financing roundtable for municipal infrastructure, with program updates and one-on-one discussion with state and federal agencies;
  • And much more!

Registration Rates:

  • Local Municipalities and Non-Profits: $50
  • For-Profit Organizations: $75

Breakfast and lunch are included. After registering on the website, if you are paying by check, the check should be made out to Syracuse University and mailed to:

Syracuse University
Environmental Finance Center
727 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13244

Book overnight accommodations at the special conference rate of $134.00 per night for single/double occupancy, by contacting Holiday Valley Mountain Resort & Conference Center, 716-699-2345. When reserving accommodations, be sure to mention the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center’s Local Leaders Conference special rate, which is available to registrants for the nights of Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

About the Venue: This unique resort, located one hour south of Buffalo in the charming village of Ellicottville, is the perfect mix of business and leisure. Its large meeting rooms are centrally located near lodging, and attendees will be able to access the venue’s various recreational activities in their free time. Learn More


About SU-EFC | The SU-EFC facilitates the development of sustainable and resilient communities throughout US EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and eight tribal nations).

Contact |  Please contact Kathy Forrest at kpforres@syr.edu for payment questions or if you have dietary restrictions. Please contact Meredith Perreault at maperrea@syr.edu for program questions.

This work is supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture, and by the Smart Management for Small Water Systems program, administered by the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), a university-based organization creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement.

NYSAR3 Conference News Coverage

SU-EFC staff members helped organize and promote the NYSAR³ 29th Annual Recycling Conference, which was held on November 7 and 8 with a pre-conference workshop on November 6. The issues and ideas discussed at the conference were so impactful that the Times Union decided to cover the event.

Check out the article here:
https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Recycling-s-costs-expected-to-grow-as-demand-for-13371997.php?fbclid=IwAR0iBPoqC0VIYkso4VeMJDVXIPUyDOeFid4XhhkN6OrUiHq1-AvgNC9rB7g