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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julin Castro, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Regional Office, New York & New Jersey
Media Contact:
Olga Alvarez (212) 542-7142
May 13, 2015

Event contacts: Jake Dale for HUD

Meghan Fraser for Utica Chamber of Commerce
All summit participants must register at:

*****Media Advisory*****
May 20, 2015 Radisson Hotel, Utica Centre & Stanley Theater Utica, NY 7:00 am to 6:00 PM
Utica, NY The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Mayor of
Utica Robert Palmieri will cosponsor, and the mayors of Amsterdam, Binghamton, Rome, and
Watertown will participate in the second annual Strengthening Cities, Communities, and
Homes Summit, bringing together hundreds of participants who work to provide homes and
services for people from all walks of life in the region. Housing partners from federal, state and
local government - as well as realtors, financial institutions, community developers, non-profits,
housing counselors, advocates, and educators - will gather at the Radisson Hotel and the Stanley
Theater to share best practices, coordinate efforts, and learn more about available resources to
optimize housing options for millions of New Yorkers.
The day-long summit features concurrent breakout sessions on housing, community
development and finance issues including federal, state, and local housing programs; fair
housing; the principles of homeownership, home sales and realty; multifamily development;
rural housing; mortgage financing; homelessness, including veterans homelessness; community
planning and development; health services; substance abuse resources; housing counseling; and
economic development opportunities connected to the Nano Technology industry. A luncheon
will bring together a range of stakeholders from the five host cities as well as from other parts of
New York State and the federal government.
Highlights this year include a keynote speech from HUD Deputy Secretary Nani
Coloretti, who will travel from Washington, D.C. to participate. HUD Region II Regional

Strengthening Cities, Communities, and Homes Summit Utica 2015

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Administrator Holly Leicht will open the morning session, and HUD Homeownership Center
Director Julie Schaffer will moderate one of the most popular events of last years summit, the
Mayoral Roundtable - a conversation with Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, Amsterdam Mayor Ann
Thane, Binghamton Mayor Richard David, Rome Mayor Joseph Fusco, and Watertown Mayor
Jeffrey Graham. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will headline the afternoon
plenary session.
There will be an opening reception on the evening of May 19 at F.X. Matt Brewery
starting at 6 pm, hosted by the five mayors. On May 20th, registration will start at 7:30 am, and
the summit will begin promptly at 8:00 am.
Successful urban revitalization begins with successful partnerships, said Holly Leicht,
HUD Region II Regional Administrator. This summit is a great opportunity to share
information and spark collaboration by connecting with other individuals and organizations
dedicated to building stronger communities throughout New York State.
At our second Strengthening Cities, Communities, and Homes Summit, I am pleased
to join Mayor Palmieri, Pamela Matt, and the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce in bringing
together housing experts, advocates, and other stakeholders who are invested in the future of
Utica, Amsterdam, Binghamton, Rome, and Watertown, said Jaime Forero, HUD Albany
Field Office Director. Working together is vital for continued progress in the region, and we
hope this Summit proves as successful as last years in supporting and building upon the good
work of local leaders.
Utica Mayor Palmieri stated: Hosting the Strengthening Cities, Communities and
Communities Summit is a tremendous honor and opportunity for us to showcase how special
Utica is. I am pleased that a number of municipalities in our region are supporting the summit as
it is important to show regional collaboration. Given the unique opportunities and high level of
talent we have attending, I encourage all housing organizations, continuum of care partners,
banking and real estate professionals, nonprofit agencies and community leaders to participate.
Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane said: We are strengthening this state through our
burgeoning partnerships between cities across the region. By sharing the results of our problem
solving processes, i.e., critical data, best practices and better communication, we will overcome
decades of decline. New York will be reinvigorated as these local municipalities see change and
growth across the state. We are enormously grateful for the assistance of HUD in this pursuit.
Reaching the goal of the Mayors Challenge by eliminating veteran homelessness in the
City of Binghamton proves the effectiveness of partnering with stakeholders and advocates that
are committed to improving quality of life and creating new opportunities for our residents, said
Binghamton Mayor Richard David. I look forward to working with my fellow mayors and
other summit participants to continue setting ambitious goals and realizing them.

Strengthening Cities, Communities, and Homes Summit Utica 2015


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce
Mayor of Utica, Robert Palmieri
Mayor of Amsterdam Ann Thane
Mayor of Binghamton Richard David
Mayor of Rome Joseph Fusco Jr.
Mayor of Watertown Jeffrey Graham


May 20, 2015, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

There will be kick-off reception on the evening of May 19


Radisson Hotel/ Utica Center; Stanley Theater

200 Genesee Street, Utica, NY, 13501