WebNews                                           April 27, 2016 |  Vol 19, Issue 2
CTG Staff On the Move
CTG Director Recognized as UAlbany Distinguished Alumni
L-R: Managing Director Brian Burke, Program Director Meghan Cook, Director Theresa Pardo, Program Director Donna Canestraro. Photo by Stephanie Snyder.

Theresa Pardo was recognized by the University at Albany Alumni Association as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni and accepted the award at the Excellence Awards Gala on April 16th. In addition, 12 other outstanding UAlbany Alumni accepted awards for their achievements and service. Read more...

CTG Co-hosts Forum on Urban Blight
A nationally recognized expert on urban revitalization and economic development spoke at a forum co-hosted by the Center for Technology in Government on Tuesday, April 19th about the issue of blighted and vacant properties in our region, and what some urban leaders across the nation are doing to create 21st century remedies.

"The Impact of Blight on Communities: Definitions, Effects & Programs," hosted by CTG, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, framed the issue of urban blight within the context of New York State and the Capital Region and aimed to provide a holistic view of the forces that create blight, with a special focus on  how other communities have addressed the issues - learning from both from efforts that have worked, and those that failed. Read more....

Students to Present Blight Findings to NYS Mayors
With support from the Universities' Collaborative Venture Fund, University at Albany and Albany Law School students participating in the inaugural Capital Region Urban Blight Experiential Learning Project are wrapping up a semester long project and will present their findings at the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) Annual Conference in May.

Students from UAlbany's Department of Informatics, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and Albany Law School, who are cross enrolled in the 'Law & Social Innovation: Creative Problem Solving' course at Albany Law, spent the semester working with officials from the cities of Schenectady and Albany to help identify and acquire the critical information needed regarding blighted properties, including identifying legal intervention options and data driven solutions.

At the NYCOM conference, the students will present their findings and recommendations to officials from cities throughout the state. This project, an outgrowth of CTG's work with four Capital Region cities, is designed to be mutually beneficial; city officials receive valuable insights and fresh perspectives from students, while the students gain real-world, practical experience.

Dawes Speaks at UK House of Parliament
Sharon Dawes (left) outside of the UK Parliament, with colleague Miriam Lips of Victoria University of Wellington

CTG Senior Fellow Sharon Dawes traveled to the UK in March to present at several events about government information sharing, organized by Newcastle University. Sharon participated in an international panel debate titled "Information Sharing for Public Services" at the British House of Commons, sponsored by the Economic and Social Science Research Council. She and other experts addressed one of the most compelling issues in the delivery of public services for citizens: how to make information sharing work better, and where to go from here. Sharon also presented at an international academic seminar on information sharing at Newcastle University during her visit.

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