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Press Release: Poughkeepsie Receives $5,000 Greenway Grant for “Walkway as Gateway” Project

12/5/2012 11:13:46 AM

(Albany, NY) Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, is pleased to announce the City of Poughkeepsie has received a $5,000 matching Greenway Communities Grant for the implementation of the Walkway as Gateway to Success Regional Tourism Project. A total of $30,000 was awarded to five community projects in the Hudson Valley through the Greenway Communities Grant Program.

Contact: Mark Castiglione                                                                                       For Immediate Release

(518) 473-3835                                                                                                           December 5, 2012

 

Poughkeepsie Receives $5,000 Greenway Grant for
“Walkway as Gateway” Project

 

            (Albany, NY) Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, is pleased to announce the City of Poughkeepsie has received a $5,000 matching Greenway Communities Grant for the implementation of the Walkway as Gateway to Success Regional Tourism Project. A total of $30,000 was awarded to five community projects in the Hudson Valley through the Greenway Communities Grant Program.

 

            The City of Poughkeepsie will work with the Walkway Over the Hudson and marketing professionals to implement recommendations from a recent branding study. Resulting from a collaborative regional effort, the new regional wayfinding tools will include new maps and brochures highlighting attractions in the region and describing its many attributes for the Walkway’s visitors. These tools will provide a means of guiding Walkway State Park’s visitors to the Hudson Valley’s many cultural and historic resources. These efforts further contribute to the revitalization of Poughkeepsie, Highland, and other communities in the greater Walkway region.

 

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, “The Walkway over the Hudson is the bow connecting the ribbons of trails throughout the valley. Working in partnership with various organizations, the city is taking a bold step to leverage the Walkway as a gateway to connect visitors to other resources within the surrounding community and beyond. In doing so, this project links with Governor Cuomo’s vision to bolster our tourism economy while strengthening our communities.

 

            “The City of Poughkeepsie serves as the hub of cultural and business activities as well as the County Seat.  We are always looking for new ways to reach visitors and inform them of the many wonderful assets of the City.  It is vital to our business community that we promote Poughkeepsie as a wonderful place to live, work, and play,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

            The Hudson River Valley Greenway works with communities on a voluntary basis to assist in the development of local land use plans and programs related to the Greenway criteria. Greenway community planning projects can be undertaken by a single community to address local issues or a group of communities working together to address both local and regional issues. Greenway Communities Grant Program provides matching grants to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives. The deadline for the next round of grant applications is December 7, 2012.

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991.  Presently, 272 out of the 325 eligible municipalities within the Greenway area have joined the Greenway.  The program is designed to encourage communities to develop projects and initiatives related to the criteria of natural and cultural resource protection, regional and local planning, economic development, public access to the Hudson River (as well as other regional and local resources), and heritage and environmental education.  It provides technical assistance and small grants for planning, water trail and land-based trails and other projects that reinforce the Greenway Criteria.  In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority and participation of municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirely voluntary. The Greenway also manages the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. 

 

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