Wednesday, April 29, 2009

FREE Jack Reilly lecture 7 pm on Wednesday, May 13th

Don't miss this great opportunity to hear nationally known expert Holly Brophy-Herb speak on: "Tools for the Mind & Heart: Nurturing Social-Emotional Competencies in Infants and Toddlers."

This free lecture is sponsored by Syracuse University's College of Human Ecology and Child Care Solutions. Anyone who works with or cares about infants and toddlers is invited to attend.

Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.
Shemin Auditorium, Syracuse University
Free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-443-2243

The lecture provides 2 hours of training in child development that will meet NYS OCFS training requirements. Training certificates available after the lecture.


Peggy Liuzzi, Executive Director
Child Care Solutions
6724 Thompson Road
Syracuse, NY 13211
Phone (315) 446-1220, ext. 310
Fax (315) 446-2010

Read my blog, Child Care Matters, at

Professional Development: One Day Workshop on Child Sex Abuse

Part I- Understanding the Sex Offender
Part II- Through the eyes of a child sex abuse victim- How the system works and responds

May 20, 2009
Empire Room
New York State Fairgrounds
8:15 a.m.. 4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Onondaga County Child Abuse Response Team
To register, contact Julie A. Cecile at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site
Phone: (315)701-2985 Fax (315)701-3040

Thursday, May 20, 2009
8:15 a.m.-8:30 registration
8:30 a.m.
What motivates a sex offender
Do you need an admission for treatment to work?
Typologies of a sex offender
Inappropriate Sexual behaviors
Safety Planning

Break 9:45 a.m. . 10:00 a.m.
Denial in Families
Non-offending Parent/Caregiver reaction

Lunch 12:00 . 12:30 p.m.

12:30 pm Panel Discussion
Time Line

Break 2:30 . 2:45 p.m.
Continue Panel Discussion

End 4:00 p.m.

Monday, April 27, 2009

CNY Land Trust celebrates new name

The Central New York Land Trust debuted its new name and a new piece of land on Sunday. Formally called Save the County Incorporated, the nonprofit organization changed its name to better reflect its geographic focus and purpose.

The group celebrated its new name by unveiling 100 acres of land given to them by the Bragman Companies. For the past 36 years the Central New York Land trust has worked to keep 2,500 acres of land in its protected natural state, and the group says they are happy to be adding this 100 acres. Watch the video here on News 10 Now.

I'm very excited to be launching our new name, this is sort of a turning point for our organization to move forward and I think this is a great property. I really enjoyed this property when I hiked it a few years back, so I'm glad this is all coming together,” said Kathleen Bennett, President of the Central New York Land Trust.

The Central New York Land Trust says they are working with SUNY ESF and other groups to see how the land can be enjoyed by the public.

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Community Conversation: Building Central New York’s Construction Work Force

Panel presentations and roundtable discussions about the near and long-term challenges associated with construction workforce development in CNY and the development of a public response and partnership developments in this emerging “green” economy.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2009

Time: 8:00-11:30 AM, walk-in registration begins at 7:30
Where: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Cost: FREE, but must pre-register! There is limited space available.
Forms available at

More Information: Check out the website at: or contact SUNY-ESF Outreach at 315-470-6817

Thursday, April 23, 2009

$1.5 million New York state grant to Syracuse business incubator will focus on 'green' companies

The Post-Standard reported that The Tech Garden business incubator center in Syracuse has won a $1.5 million state grant to assist entrepreneurs and startup companies in the fields of renewable energy and clean technology, Gov. David Paterson announced Tuesday.

The grant, one of four to institutions across New York state, is aimed at helping "green" companies in a 12-county region of Central New York, said Linda Dickerson Hartsock, who recently joined the Tech Garden as director of its Center for CleanTech Entrepreneurship.

During the four years covered by the grant, Tech Garden employees will collaborate with colleagues at the Syracuse Center of Excellence, the Metropolitan Development Association and Central New York colleges and universities to assist new companies involved with renewable energy or clean technology.

The article also mentions Paterson's announcement about the energy-efficiency programs that NYSERDA will undertake during the next few years with $277 million in additional funding to be collected from utility ratepayers.

The state Public Service Commission in mid-2008 authorized an increase in energy-efficiency funding from $175 million a year to $347 million a year through 2011. The money is collected through the "system benefit charge" on utility bills. Some goes to NYSERDA, some to utility programs.

Here's how NYSERDA will spend its new money:
  • $16.9 million for technical assistance to businesses, nonprofits and schools.

Read more here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

NYS Health Foundation 2009 Economic Recovery Fund

The NYS Health Foundation has announced a funding opportunity regarding nonprofit reorganizations or mergers for 2009. As the Foundation relates:

According to the Nonprofit Finance Fund, only 12% of nonprofits nationally expect to end this year with an operating surplus compared with 40% in previous years. The effect is felt disproportionately in New York State where sinking revenues from Wall Street have led to budget deficits projected to rise as much as $20 billion in a single year. Such pressures will force organizations to scale back programs, decrease the number of people they serve, and in some cases, close their doors. In addition to service-providing organizations, a range of nonprofit organizations help shape and advocate for effective health services in New York State and they too are at risk.

The turbulent economy creates new incentives for organizations to cooperate. As nonprofit mergers and acquisitions become more common—even among organizations that previously resisted them—other organizations will develop new partnerships to generate efficiencies and share administrative costs, and will engage in internal restructurings to reduce spending on operations, cut administrative costs, and reshape program service delivery.In this time of increased need, NYSHealth will dedicate a portion of its funding to assist New York State’s nonprofit health sector in responding to the economic crisis. NYSHealth will allocate $2 million to finance this economic recovery request for proposals. We will make grants that will help sustain vital organizations while facilitating their transition to new and reorganized forms that should be more sustainable over time. We seek to promote fundamental, lasting changes in organizations that comprise New York’s health services delivery system.

Please click here to download the detailed 2009 Economic Recovery Fund Request for Proposals (RFP).

Late payments from state agencies put squeeze on CNY nonprofits

The Post-Standard featured an article about how some CNY agencies have been forced to make cuts while waiting for state money.

Just think how difficult it would be to run your household and pay bills if your boss held your pay back for six months.

That's the reality for many nonprofit agencies. These groups are trying to provide help to the neediest folks in the community, yet often must borrow money to keep programs operating.

"Our contracts are all being tied up," said Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of Oswego County Opportunities, a community action agency that runs various youth, shelter and education programs to assist low-income people.

"The lag time as to when grant contracts start and when we get the money is five or six months," she said.

Cooper-Currier did not have specific examples of how much money OCO has borrowed to keep programs going. But she did say the interest is paid back through a slush fund the nonprofit has and "when the slush fund is depleted, it's taking money away that could be used for something else." Read more here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Accelerate Central NY Conference Announced

Accelerate CNY is a conference presented by regional business and economic development organizations seeking to foster economic vitality and environmental stewardship in New York’s Creative Core. The event caters to businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals interested in learning about the latest trends in technology, manufacturing, energy and the environment.

The half-day program provides a compact schedule, perfect for professionals, and will be held at the Convention Center at Oncenter. Continental breakfast, a networking reception and 13 educational workshops organized into four tracks; including technology, manufacturing, business growth, and sustainability and energy.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Syracuse sees more jobs lost

The Central NY Business Journal reported that New York and Upstate continued to lose jobs in March, with the Syracuse, Utica, and Binghamton areas all posting declines in private-sector jobs last month.

New York lost 33,000 private-sector jobs in March. The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, the same as February after seasonal adjustments. Unemployment was 4.8 percent in March 2008.

In the Binghamton region, the unemployment rate decreased from 9 percent in February to 8.6 percent in March. The rate was 5.7 percent a year ago. The number of private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100.

Syracuse's unemployment rate also dropped from 8.9 percent in February to 8.5 percent in March, compared to 5.7 percent a year ago. The number of private-sector jobs decreased by 3,000.

The unemployment rate in the Utica-Rome area was 8.3 percent in March, down from 8.8 percent in February and up from 5.9 percent a year ago. The number of private-sector jobs dropped by 600.

Unemployment rates declined in all three regions after seasonal adjustments."Although New York State's unemployment rate held steady in March 2009, current evidence suggests that the national economic downturn will likely continue to negatively affect the state's labor market in the coming months," Peter Neenan, director of the Division of Research and Statistics with the State Labor Department, said in a news release.

The nation's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in March, up from 8.1 percent in February, and 5.1 percent a year ago.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Community Foundation Announces Strategic Partnership Fund

The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new initiative, the Strategic Partnership Fund. As their website relates:

We all know that effective nonprofit organizations are vital to the health and vitality of any community. Since the current economic instability has created challenges to the well being of the whole nonprofit sector, leaders are wrestling to address the changes in community need while also balancing their already tight budgets. These growing challenges have also prompted some to consider dramatic new levels of collaboration to ensure the future sustainability of vital community service they supply.

The Strategic Partnership Fund will support those organizations seeking to create new synergies in and between nonprofits that will enable them to enhance program delivery and achieve more effective and efficient use of limited financial and human resources. Our hope is that the financial support offered through the Strategic Partnership Fund will enable these collaborative partnerships to prosper.

Grants from the Strategic Partnership Fund support willing organizations pursuing the following:
  • Administrative consolidation
  • Joint programming
  • Joint venture
  • Regionalization
  • Formation of subsidiary or parent-subsidiary
  • Reengineering or restructuring
  • Mergers and consolidations
  • Nonprofit dissolutions

Funds will he made available for nonrecurring costs related specifically to implementing strategic partnership activities listed above. Typical expenses include professional, legal, human resource management, information management, organizational development and/or technical assistance required to accomplish a desired change.

To learn more about application guidelines and how to apply, contact John Eberle at 315-422-9538, extension 214.