Building the Empire State Trail a SUNY/Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum
by NYS Canal Corporation

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A timely discussion by local, state, national and Canadian experts from government, tourism and private enterprise about New York’s new Empire State Trail and what it will mean for the greater Buffalo, the Western New York region and beyond.
Keynote Address: John Maggiore, Senior Advisor to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Panelists and Moderators:
The Economic Benefits of the Empire State Trail
Moderated by Kisha Santiago-Martinez, Deputy Secretary, New York Department of State
Andy Beers, Director, Empire State Trail
Robin Dropkin, Executive Director, Parks & Trails NY
Mayor Michelle Roman, City of Lockport, NY
Supervisor Brian Kulpa, Town of Amherst, NY
David Adames, CEO, Niagara Parks Commission, Canada
The Quality of Life Benefits of the Trail
Moderated by Dean Robert Shibley, UB School of Architecture and Planning.
JJ Tighe, Director of Parks and Trails Initiative, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Randall Hoak, Associate Director, AARP of Western NY
Gregory Stevens, Director, Niagara River Greenway
John Craik, Executive Director, Buffalo Population Health Collaborative
Jean MacKay, Director of Communications & Outreach, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Please plan to join us free of charge for this SUNY / Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum, including a Networking Luncheon immediately following.

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