Elevating Erie: International Ideas Competition

ELEVATING ERIE: INTERNATIONAL IDEAS COMPETITION TO SOLICIT PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE OF ERIE BOULEVARD IN CENTRAL NEW YORK The Town of Dewitt and the City of Syracuse will be making an exciting announcement about a joint initiative to solicit ideas for the future of the Erie Boulevard East corridor in Central New York. Considering the upcoming bicentennial of the Erie Canal in 2017, the City of Syracuse and Town of DeWitt are launching Elevating Erie, a competition to identify innovative ideas that will stimulate and guide the future development of the Canalway corridor within both the Town and the City. This jointly-sponsored ideas competition–made possible with funding from the New York State Department of State–invites proposals for connecting one of the most urbanized areas of the Erie Canalway Trail. While the former route of the Erie Canal through DeWitt and Syracuse (e.g., Erie Boulevard East) has been mostly paved over for 100 years, the corridor has remained significant to the region by transporting people and goods, and has the potential to become part of the longest continuous bicycle and pedestrian trail in North America.

WHAT: PRESS EVENT TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF ELEVATING ERIE IDEAS COMPETITION

WHERE: ERIE CANAL MUSEUM 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202

WHEN: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2015 12:00pm

CONTACT: Samuel Gordon, Director of Planning and Zoning Town of DeWitt (315)446-3910 ext. 148 sgordon@townofdewitt.com

Owen Kerney, Assistant Director for City Planning Syracuse Onondaga County Planning Agency (315)448-8160 okerney@syrgov.net