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EXPLORING THE HUDSON VALLEY
May 14-15, 2019

The Hudson Valley of New York encompasses six counties north of New York City along the Hudson River: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Ulster, Rockland and Westchester Counties. Over time there have been significant demographic and economic shifts in the region. According to the US Census, from 2000 – 2010 the Latino and Asian populations have grown by 54% and 33% respectively and African American population increased 8% while the white population decreased 6%. This growing diversity is heavily concentrated in a string of small cities, mostly along the Hudson River, including Poughkeepsie and Newburgh. These cities have sizable communities living below the poverty line and economic opportunities for those communities are growing harder and harder to find. As communities of color in the Hudson Valley region grow and become a larger percentage of the population, area elected representatives don’t reflect the changing demographics and don’t represent the needs of the changing region. This dynamic has made the Hudson Valley ripe for community organizing that can build power, win policy change, and ensure local, state and federal officials are truly representative of communities.

Over two days, foundation leaders from every part of the State engaged in conversations with regional leaders, and connected with colleagues, and found opportunities to work together. The convening in the Hudson River cities has spurred new ideas and connections that will advance future bodies of work for Engage New York and communities throughout New York.

Melody Lopez, NTCET

Melody Lopez, NTCET

NEWBURGH

SETTING THE CONTEXT: THE HUDSON VALLEY THEN AND NOW

LOCATION: Ritz Theater // SPEAKERS: Melody Lopez: New York Civic Engagement Table, AnnSullivan: HV Civic Engagement

9:15 - 10:30 am

DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DISPLACEMENT EMERGING LESSONS FROM NEWBURGH

LOCATION: Bus Tour

SPEAKERS: Allie Church: City of Newburgh, Corey Allen: Habitat for Humanity, Burke Blackman: Newburgh Land Bank Authority, Kevin O’Connor: RUPCO

10:45 - 11:30 am

BUILDING PROGRESSIVE GOVERNANCE & POWER: INSIDE/OUTSIDE STRATEGIES FOR ADVANCING EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT

LOCATION: The Hub @ RUPCO MODERATOR: Chimene Okere: Ford Foundation

SPEAKERS: Karen Mejia: City Councilwoman Newburgh, Juanita Lewis: Community Voices Heard, Sarah Johnson: Local Progress

POUGHKEEPSIE

12:00 - 12:45 pm      

COMMUNITY DRIVEN PLACEMAKING

LOCATION: Bus Tour

SPEAKERS: Steve Rosenberg: Scenic Hudson Amy Kacala: Scenic Hudson

1:00 - 2:30 pm

LUNCH COMMUNITY ORGANIZING IN POUGHKEEPSIE: THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

LOCATION: Trolley Barn

MODERATOR: John Penney: Director of Community Engagement, City of Poughkeepsie Government Communications Specialist, Dutchess County Government

SPEAKERS: Gabriela Owen: Hispanic Coalition, Jonathan Bix: Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, Nikki Chung: Scenic Hudson/ Mid-Hudson Heritage Center

2:30 - 4:15 pm

BY FOOT AND BY BUS: A CLOSER LOOK AT POUGHKEEPSIE

SPEAKERS: Paul Hesse: City of Poughkeepsie Natalie Quinn: City of Poughkeepsie Christa Hines: Hudson River Housing Chris Kroner: Mass Design

POWER BUILDING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES: HOW THE HUDSONVALLEY IS TAKING THE LEAD

LOCATION: Watershed Center // WELCOME: Brooke Lehman // SPEAKERS: Leah Penniman: Soul Fire Farms, Gabriela Quintanilla: ADELANTE Student Voices, Rae Leiner: Newburgh Center for LGBTQ + Justice, Bryan MacCormack: Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, Jalal Sabur: WILDSEED

WEDNESDAY

KINGSTON

NYS CAMPAIGNS: CHANGING THE CONVERSATIONS IN ALBANY

LOCATION: Center for Creative Education WELCOME: Drew Andrews: Center for Creative Education MODERATOR: Callie Jayne: Rise Up Kingston SPEAKERS: Maggie Williams: Advocacy Institute, Ilana Berger: NY Caring Majority, Rosemary Rivera: Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance/Citizen Action, Emma Kreyche: Green Light Campaign/ Workers Justice Center of New York

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ADDITIONAL DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES:

THE POWER OF MOVEMENT

LOCATION: Center for Creative Education LEADER: Drew Andrews: Center for Creative Education

A FUNDER’S VISION FOR KINGSTON

LOCATION: Bus to Farm Hub MODERATOR: Peter Buffet: NoVo Foundation

Peter Buffet, NoVo Foundation

Peter Buffet, NoVo Foundation

PHILANTHROPY’S RESPONSIBILITY: WHAT CAN WE DO TOGETHER THAT WE CAN’T DO ALONE?

LOCATION: Farm Hub MODERATOR: Maria Motolla: NY Foundation/ENY Co-Chair