Sage Hosts NYS Neighborhood Revitalization Conference Sept. 21-22

September 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

kunstlerFriday, Sept. 21, 7-8 PM - Free & Open to the Public
Our conference kicks off with Keynote Speaker, James Howard Kunstler. Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, “because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged country-side that makes up for the everyday environment where Americans live and work.”


Saturday, Sept. 22 – register online:
Bringing together neighborhood activists, educators, business people, and elected officials to share successes and develop strategies to maintain healthy and vibrant neighborhoods throughout Upstate New York.

  • 7 - 9 AM: Continental Breakfast/Registration/Networking & Open Discussion
  • 9 AM: Opening Remarks/Welcome from Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM: Keynote Speaker Alan Mallach–Presentation and Q&A Session
  • 10:45 AM - 12 PM: Panel Discussion/Q&A–Alan Mallach, Wade Beltromo, Susan Scrimshaw, Richard Hartunian, Doug Melnick
  • 12:15 - 1:45 PM: Lunch/Little Italy International Festival/Tours
  • 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM: 5 PM: Workshops (See for full workshop listings) Closing Remarks


    Speakers and Panel Participants

mallachAlan Mallach is a non-resident senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program of The Brookings Institution in Washington DC and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. A city planner, writer and consultant on housing, land use, and urban affairs, he has been engaged as practitioner, advocate and scholar in the fields of housing, planning and community development for nearly 40 years.


beltramoWade Beltramo is Counsel to the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM), a voluntary membership association which represents villages and cities in New York State. As NYCOM Counsel, he is responsible for general municipal legal matters as well as building code, property maintenance, justice court, parking and traffic regulations, and economic development issues.



scrimshawDr. Susan Scrimshaw is the President of the Sage Colleges. A respected and accomplished scholar, her research areas include community participatory research methods,
addressing health disparities, improving pregnancy outcomes, violence prevention, health literacy, and culturally appropriate delivery of health care.



hartunianRichard S. Hartunian, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York has spearheaded youth violence reduction programs, organized a summit on prescription drug abuse, and successfully prosecuted numerous large drug, narcotics and violent crime cases.




melnickDoug Melnick serves as Director of Planning and Director of the Office of Energy and Sustainability for the City of Albany he oversees all neighborhood-planning initiatives and is spearheading the City's first Comprehensive Plan, Albany
2030, which has a very specific focus on sustainability. He is responsible for providing technical assistance and guidance to the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Historic Resources Commissions, and the Planning Board.


rosamiliaLou Rosamilia, Mayor of the City of Troy: “My Administration is open to the public, engages in a productive dialogue with residents and considers the voice of the community as we address concerns and identify ways to improve the quality of life in Troy. I welcome the ideas and voices present here this weekend and look forward to continuing collaboration and partnerships.”