Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge calls on Schenectady residents to make neighborhoods better

September 18, 2018 11:32 PM

SCHENECTADY - The Schenectady Foundation presented their plan to a packed house at the Electric City Barn on Craig Street.

It's one they say will get residents actually profiting off their own propositions.

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"A challenge to the people of Schenectady and everyone living here to come forward with their best idea for what they would do to make their neighborhood better," Robert Carreau said, Schenectady Foundation Executive Director.

So if you have a project in mind that'll make your community stronger, greener, healthier, safer or more livable, your proposal has a real chance of becoming reality.  

"Right now we have youth in our community that really need that interaction he really needs programs after 4:30- 5:00pm there's nothing for you to do so where does a 13-year-old go in the City of Schenectady after 5:00pm," William Rivas said, Save Our Streets Founder.

Nearly a dozen problem-solving solutions will be selected to receive a piece of the prized winnings.

"The Foundation will award as much is $250,000 to make these things happen," Carreau said.

From a brainstorm board to reality the Schenectady Foundation will be excepting your ideas until October 19th. Come January, they'll make their final selections and in the Spring your idea could be hitting your neighborhood. 

"A lot of people could come in from outside of Hamilton Hills and have a lot of ideas about what Hamilton Hill needs, the fact of the matter is, the people in Hamilton Hill know what Hamilton Hill needs," Erin Eckler said, Electric City Barn Operations Coordinator.

You can find a form to submit your idea to the Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge, here


Karen Tararache

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