Rubin Fellows Program Provides Grant to Give Citizens Voice in City Planning

November 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

TROY, NY – The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program announced Wednesday that it will provide major funding to an innovative program offering Troy residents the opportunity to help guide city planning.

“The program, ‘Building Civic Capacity for a Stronger Troy,’ will create opportunities for residents to engage in discussions that will lead to a clear, nonpartisan direction for the city and help the individuals and organizations of Troy work together to create a better and more vibrant future,” said Program Director Peter Sawyer of Hudson Valley Community College.

Among the program participants are Hudson Valley Community College, The Sage Colleges, the Emma Willard School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program, Inc. (TRIP), the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Troy Area United Ministries, the Troy Mayor’s office, and the Troy City Council. 

The program will champion the use of public deliberation to help support the planning process for the City of Troy.  Discussions involving community residents will occur throughout the city beginning this fall and lasting until summer.  The results from these discussions will be used to create city wide forums in late summer and fall. The first deliberation will take place on November 19, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. at the Italian Community Center located at 1450 5th Avenue in Troy.

“For more than 20 years, the Rubin Community Fellows Program has sought to improve the lives of the citizens of Rensselaer County by uniting the expertise of the local academic institutions with community needs, and the Civic Capacity program exemplifies those goals,” said Rubin Community Fellows Chairman Kevin Stoner, associate provost of The Sage Colleges. 

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The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program, administered by The Sage Colleges, was established in June 1990 with a gift from the Louis Rubin Family to The Sage Colleges, as a cooperative venture of The Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard School, and participating agencies of Rensselaer County.

The program supports fellowships (full or part-time) for faculty of these institutions to work with one or several agencies, public or private, in Rensselaer County. The program provides opportunities for faculty professional development through release time from some teaching duties. By bringing the expertise of teaching professionals to the service of the citizens and agencies of Rensselaer County, the Rubin Community Fellows Program seeks to create collaboration partnerships, leading to creative solutions to economic, organizational, social and managerial problems challenging our community.