State and Federal Funding, Financing, and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure Roundtable
When: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:30am-1:00pm.
Where: Center of Excellence for Environmental & Energy Systems, Room 203, 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13210; parking available adjacent to the building.
What: The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and invited guests met to prepare for the funding process 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 all invited to attend!
9:30-10am Registration and coffee
10:15am Overview of Consolidated Funding Application process
10:30am Funding roundtable
12:00pm Lunch; invited speakers, Finger Lakes Water Hub and Clean Energy Communities
Moderator Khris Dodson, Associate Director of the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, provided a foundation for discussion about specific funding programs and introduced the New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council (click for presentation) process for the consolidated funding application, which opens in late April/early May.
The funding roundtable session featured updates on funding and financing programs for municipal infrastructure from several agencies, dialogue on the importance and opportunities for co-funding, and panel discussion with opportunity for audience participation. Several state and federal agencies were represented, including: NYSHCR, RCAP, NYS EFC, NYS DEC, NYS DOH, USDA RD, and NYS DOS.
Our invited speaker, Aimee Clinkhammer, discussed the implications of harmful algal blooms for lakes and communities across upstate New York (click for presentation).
Roundtable participants (names link to presentations):
- Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager, Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board
- Leila Mitchell, Environmental program Specialist II, Division of Water, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Charlie Philion, Program Director, Office of Community Renewal, New York State Homes & Community Renewal
- David Phillips, Professional Engineer, New York State Department of Health
- Audra Nowosielski, Deputy Director of Public Finance, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
- Brenda Smith, Community Programs Director, Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture
- Kyle Wilber, Local Government Specialist, New York State Department of State