New York State Canal Conference, September 21-23 in Geneva

New York State Canal Conference

In Harmony With Nature, People and Products
View of the Erie Canal

Sunday, September 21 to Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Ramada Geneva Lakefront Hotel, Geneva

For more information and to register, visit:

The conference will bring together canal enthusiasts, historians, developers, elected officials and others to exchange ideas and learn more about the Erie Canalway.


A Holistic Approach to Community Revitalization

A thoughtful essay on community revitalization, with examples from Geneva, by Hobart and William Smith sociology professor Ervin Kosta.

Thanks to the Finger Lakes Institute‘s Happenings blog.

Where Canal Meets Commercial Corridor, June 18 in Buffalo

Where Canal Meets Commercial Corridor

Where Canal Meets Commercial Corridor:

Unlocking Entrepreneurial Opportunities in your Downtown

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Hotel @ The Lafayette, Buffalo, NY

A spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship built the Erie Canal and spurred growth in New York State and the nation. Attend this one-day session to learn about the today’s “Maker Movement” and opportunities for downtown revitalization in the 21st century.

Representatives from First Batch and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance will join Main Street expert Kennedy Smith of The CLUE Group, LLC to offer new strategies and to help facilitate a solution-oriented dialogue for downtown investment opportunities.  Join us for an exciting day of presentations, conversation and networking!

To register, visit

Or contact Hannah Blake by phone at (518) 237-7000, ext. 202 or by email to

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) available, due June 16

Governor Cuomo Launches Fourth Round of Regional Economic Development Councils

The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process has become the primary way for businesses and local communities in New York State to get state financial support for a variety of projects, from business expansion to historic preservation planning. Individual applicants submit a CFA though an online application to their local Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), and regional councils forward recommendations and priorities to the various state agencies that provide funding. In Cayuga County, our regional council is the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

CFA materials for 2014 were released on May 1, and on the same day Regional Economic Development Councils began accepting applications through the CFA online application. Applications are due by 4 pm on Monday, June 16.
Take note: this deadline is earlier than the previous three rounds of the CFA.

To search for funding opportunities and start your application, visit

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council is offering two workshops to help prospective applicants understand the priorities and focus of this round of the CFA.

1:00 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, May 8, 2014
SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse
Register online at:

2:00 – 4:30 pm, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Cayuga Community College in Auburn
Register online at:

Passing a Family Business to the Next Generation, Workshop in Syracuse March 26

Breaking New Ground:
Building a Sustainable Business for Generations to Come

No matter what industry family business you are part of; from the oldest industry in New York State – agriculture, to the newest tech company; you want it to thrive for future generations. The Family Business Center, NY FarmNet and Wilmington Trust present an interactive workshop for all industries that will provide options and strategies for building a business that the next generation will be excited to lead in the future.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:45 am to 4:00 pm

The Genesee Grande Hotel
1060 East Genesee Street in Syracuse
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Farm Stands, Tasting Rooms, and Agritourism: Land Use Training, March 19 in Auburn

The Cayuga County Planning Board 2014 Land Use Training Series starts on March 19 with a training session on a distinctive type of agricultural use.

Farm Stands, Tasting Rooms, and Agritourism:
Where Agricultural and Commercial Uses Intersect

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 7 – 9 PM
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Conference Room
1879 West Genesee Street Road, Auburn, NY 13021
Click HERE to register

Agriculture is not just farming anymore. Some agricultural uses create impacts that are very similar to commercial development, both negatives like traffic and noise as well as benefits like increasing the tax base and providing attractive amenities. Join other local officials and agricultural business people to discuss how to properly manage the negative impacts while welcoming the positive benefits of these agricultural uses.

Cost: FREE
Presenter: Cayuga County Planning
Download the flyer

A complete list of trainings and County Planning Board meetings can be found on our website.

The County-Wide Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan Update Has Begun

This spring, the Planning Department and the County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) launched an 18-month process to update the county-wide Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. The plan was first written in 1996.  Creating a new plan will require extensive public participation from all facets of our community such as farmers, agricultural service and supply industries, processors, retailers, and consumers.  The new plan will aim to identify complementary strategies to protect our farmland from future development and to support and develop our agricultural economy.  To that end, we will be taking a hard look at the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to our farmland and agricultural economy.  We will focus on meaningful actions that our county, towns, villages, and residents can take to strengthen our farming communities and facilitate economic success.

The project’s steering committee, made up of county AFPB members and stakeholders from the agricultural community, will hold its first meeting in late July.  Focus groups and public meetings to gather input will be held this fall and winter, when farmers will have a little more time on their hands.  Meanwhile, project leader and new county Planner, Rima Shamieh, is hard at work putting together a mapped inventory of all the county’s contributors to the agricultural economy, gathering background information, and analyzing local land use regulations for a county-wide “farm-friendly audit.”  Rima’s being assisted by a Master’s of Regional Planning student summer intern from Cornell University, Caitlyn Liu.

Stay tuned for more on this topic in the coming months!  Also, check out the County Planning website for more information and resources, and to sign up for the project email list (as soon as the County website updates are completed…).