Community Engagement Sessions for Reimagine the Canals Initiative

The Rockefeller Institute of Government will launch a series of community engagement sessions throughout July for Reimagine the Canals, a state-sponsored initiative to identify new uses for the Erie Canal and reimagine this historic waterway for the 21st century.  

The initiative, launched in May by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, builds on last year's Reimagine the Canals competition, which sought innovative ideas to boost local economies, increase recreation and strengthen environmental resilience along the Erie Canal.  


July Meeting Schedule

Schenectady: Thursday, July 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Schenectady County Community College Van Curler Room, 78 Washington Avenue 

Lockport: Monday, July 15, 6-8 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center, 160 Washburn Street 

Brockport: Tuesday, July 16, 6-8 p.m. at the SUNY Brockport Cooper Hall, NY Room 

Syracuse: Tuesday, July 23, 6-8 p.m. at the SUNY ESF Gateway Center, 1 Forestry Drive 

Utica: Tuesday, July 30, 6-8 p.m. at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Campus Center, 100 Seymour Ave 


Who should attend:

Public officials, community and economic development planners, tourism operators and tourism promotion agencies, marina operators, canalside businesses, boaters, canal enthusiasts, and everyone who has an interest in historic preservation, recreation, agriculture, or community vitality along the Erie Canal. 

Participants can RSVP prior to attending. The Reimagine the Canals website offers more information about the initiative, as well as a portal where members of the public can submit feedback if they are unable to attend a community engagement session. The Rockefeller Institute will hold a second series of meetings later in the summer.